A Mandate Compromise

The Board of Health passes a scaled-back restriction on restaurant capacity and closing times, but delays action on limiting social gatherings.

Rethinking Thanksgiving

A newly formed group of local leaders and the CDC are urging citizens to get creative to have a safe holiday during the pandemic.

Knox COVID-19 Cases Soar

The Health Department begs the public to take precautions as City Council moves against scofflaw drinking establishments.

Quarantine Quandary

Daniel Watson

As some Knox County school board members ask if COVID-19 absences can be limited, the Health Department urges caution.

The Pandemic Hits Harder

The Board of Health keeps restrictions in place and the city contemplates enforcing the alcohol service curfew as cases and deaths mount.

COVID in the Courts

Downtown Knoxville

A revised complaint leads to a change of venue for a lawsuit by two plastic surgeons seeking to nullify the county’s mask mandate.

Taking Tennessee’s Pulse

County Commission crowd

An ongoing survey of state residents shows widespread support for mask mandates and other restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Managing the Mandates

Amid vocal criticism, the Knox County Board of Health keeps its focus on coronavirus cases, mitigation measures and hospital capacity.

Pandemic Lessons

Robert Gowan and Elisabeth Millsaps

Superintendent Bob Thomas makes an appeal for in-person instruction, as Knox County teachers await clarity on evaluations and testing.

Diagnosis Uncertain

Sign outside City County Building

Diagnosis Uncertain County Commission takes more steps to curb the Board of Health, but seems unprepared to dissolve it. by jesse fox mayshark • october 27, 2020 A sign protesting the Knox County Board of Health propped against a window of the city county building. In a meeting that included allegations from one public forum speaker that public mask wearing … Read More