Family Leave Takes the Stage

Tennessee’s Republican governor and a Democratic lawmaker have made paid family leave a key issue leading into the legislative session — but they don’t see eye to eye.

A Seat at the Table

Kincannon joins the state’s three other big-city mayors in a meeting with the governor and the legislative leadership.

Breaking Out

Knox County detention facility

Gov. Bill Lee’s criminal justice task force says the state needs to reform everything from sentencing guidelines to mental health services. Will the governor follow through?

A Free Man

Josh Smith

Josh Smith built a multi-million-dollar company from nothing, all while hiding a secret. Now he’s using his resources and personal story to fight for criminal justice reform.

Legislative Report 2019

House Speaker Glen Casada

Knox County legislators were in the thick of the most tumultuous session in years. From school vouchers to sports betting, here’s a look at what passed and what didn’t.

Flips and Flaps

After arm-twisting and deal-making, Gov. Bill Lee’s school voucher bill squeaks through the House and a key Senate committee.

Decision Time

Teachers protest vouchers

As the school voucher bill nears crucial votes tomorrow, Knoxville Republicans in the House and Senate are on opposite sides.

School Squeeze

Education Coalition press conference

The Knox County Board of Education faces pressure from advocates calling for more funding, and existing revenue sources that may not provide it.