Big Ears Returns

After a COVID-induced hiatus, founder Ashley Capps is bringing the international music and arts festival back to downtown Knoxville.

The Mask Effect, Part II

School mask sign

Since a school mask mandate was put in place, Knox County has dropped from the highest rate of school-age COVID among Tennessee’s metro counties to the lowest.

Approaching the Peak

New COVID-19 cases slowed last week, but hospitalizations and deaths continue to rise.

Rapid and Relentless

The fast-spreading COVID-19 Omicron variant threatens to overwhelm area hospitals and has yet to show signs of slowing down.

The Year Ahead: Knox County

Glenn Jacobs

Elections will dominate the county political calendar this year, along with an updated General Plan and decisions on Health Department leadership.

2021 Revue: Knox County

Pandemic restrictions faced rising resistance, while federal relief funds brought a bounty, and the Sheriff’s Office faced lawsuits and politics.

Resilience and Risks

Labor force graph

A University of Tennessee report shows strong economic recovery in Tennessee — but uncertainties ahead about the pandemic and the workforce.

Vaccine Whiplash

Court orders out of Louisiana and Kentucky cause local institutions to reverse their COVID-19 vaccination policies.