Respondents weigh in on the varied issues raised by the city, county and school system budget proposals.
Weekly Watch: May 15-21, 2023
Every Monday, we run down the week’s public meetings and civic events.
Mayor Glenn Jacobs unveils Knox County’s first $1 billion spending plan — but Sheriff Tom Spangler says it doesn’t do enough for his officers.
‘Rowing in the Same Direction’
The new city-county Office of Housing Stability and a summit requested by Justice Knox promise to place a stronger focus on affordable housing and homelessness.
Pleading a Case
As Sheriff Tom Spangler seeks a 30 percent raise for deputies and corrections officers, the possibility of a legal showdown looms.
Three Years of COVID
Though life has returned to normal in many ways, the pandemic hasn’t disappeared and the potential for a resurgence exists.
Stadium Cost Finalized
The tab has risen to $114 million, but Boyd’s extended commitment means no additional public funds would go toward construction.
Help From the Bench
A new mental health court would provide long-term treatment options for defendants with psychological struggles.
With the launch of its first eight 865 Academies, Knox County aims to bridge the school-to-work gap.
Looking Ahead: Knox County 2023
On the new year’s agenda: the Advance Knox planning project, major road construction and a new ambulance contract.