Restrictions Under Fire

Unelected bureaucrats

The Knox County Board of Health is increasingly a target of conservative anger. County Commission is considering proposals that would change its power and make-up.

Closing Times Mandated

Taking more action to combat the pandemic, the Board of Health votes to restrict alcohol sales and reduce the permitted size of gatherings.

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.

Masks Remain Mandatory

The Board of Health wants to see how school reopenings affect COVID-19 case counts before reconsidering the county’s facial covering requirement.

The Pandemic Takes Its Toll

The number of deaths from COVID-19 complications reaches 50 in Knox County as cases continue to rise and schools prepare to open.

Pour Another Round

Reversing course, the Board of Health is allowing Knox County bars to reopen during the pandemic, but they must close at 10 p.m.

Accuracy in Testing

The Health Department considers false negative COVID-19 test results a bigger public health threat than false positives.

Mask Mandate Challenged

City County Building main floor

A pair of plastic surgeons have filed a lawsuit seeking to nullify the Board of Health’s requirement to wear face coverings in public buildings.

Last Call Again

The Knox County Board of Health orders bars to close a second time as local cases of COVID-19 continue to soar.