Knox County 2020: A Primer (Part 2)

A survey of what’s changed, what hasn’t and what to watch in the local political and economic landscape. Today: the City of Knoxville and the private sector.

Keeping the Lights On

KUB plans to resume disconnecting service for nonpayment next month, but help is available for customers trying to catch up.

Ransom Revealed

The group holding Knoxville’s computer systems hostage wants nearly $400,000 for the release of the city’s data.

Ransomware Attack Goes Public

Hackers posted city employee information online in an attempt to intimidate the Kincannon administration into paying a ransom for stolen data.

City Likely Won’t Pay Ransom

The Kincannon administration hopes to have computer systems affected by ransomware attack restored in less than two weeks.

City Files Kidnapped

Ransomware attack hits computer servers, but officials say they don’t think personal information was compromised.

Council OKs Budget

Mayor Indya Kincannon’s spending plan got green-lighted despite questions from one Council member about priorities.

Green Strategies

The city stays the course on sustainability, while KUB inks a deal with TVA that should boost solar’s share of the power pie.

‘A Year of Austerity’

Kincannon’s budget holds steady without a tax increase while devoting more resources to the COVID-19 response.

Accounting for the Coronavirus

In her first budget as Knoxville’s mayor, Indya Kincannon will focus on housing in response to the COVID-19 crisis.