Grappling With a Mandate

With legal challenges expected, local employers are taking a cautious approach to President Joe Biden’s order on COVID-19 vaccinations and testing.

Evolving Data

According to the Health Department’s top epidemiologist, compiling COVID-19 case counts is not as simple as it sounds.

Data Process

Graph from KCS PASS

With juvenile COVID-19 cases still rising, Knox County Schools’ dashboard struggles to keep pace.

School Mask Mandate Fails Again

Kelli Wolfe addresses school board

The Board of Education takes a few steps to mitigate the impact of surging COVID-19 cases, but leaves face coverings optional.

Schools Bring Back COVID Dashboard

School mask sign

Knox County officials also say they are cooperating with the Health Department on contact tracing. But some parents and board members want more.

Spending the County Bounty

Chris Caldwell at Commission

A new public works building, utility upgrades, nonprofits and a mental health hospital lead Knox County’s plans for $92 million in pandemic aid.

Strategies for a Windfall

Penny Schwinn and Bob Thomas

With an unprecedented $114 million in one-time federal funding at hand, Knox County Schools looks to invest in tutors, teachers and training.

Face Forward

Pro-mask audience members

After voting down a proposal to follow public health guidelines, the Knox County school board heads into the new year without masks.

Buchanan Resigns

Martha Buchanan

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