Buchanan Resigns

Martha Buchanan

After leading the local COVID-19 response, the director of the Knox County Health Department is stepping down.

All In on Vaccinations

COVID-19 cases are rising at a rapid clip, but mask mandates and business restrictions are not on the table.

Restrictions to Continue

Martha Buchanan

Knox County’s health officer says she will extend public health orders when full pandemic response decisions fall to her.

Health Boards Draw More Fire

Tennessee State Capitol Building

Another bill to disempower local health boards advances in the Legislature. This one would ban “vaccine passports.”

‘There Is No Us and Them’

Pledging to protect the community, Buchanan expresses dismay at the divisions over the pandemic response following the Board of Health’s demise.

Loosening the Reins

The Board of Health eases restrictions on event venues, extends bar operating hours and lets the limit on gathering sizes expire.

Venue Adaptations

Hunter Valley and KMA

Owners of event spaces throughout Knox County have had to get creative to survive the pandemic.