Taking the Gavel

Richie Beeler and Kristi Kristy

Richie Beeler and Kristi Kristy are the new chairs of County Commission and the Board of Education. From COVID to contracts to county planning, they have busy years ahead.

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.

Ready or Not


Despite public health recommendations and the concerns of some parents, Knox County Schools prepares for an unmasked reopening.

Coming to Terms

School board members appear satisfied with a new security agreement with the Knoxville Police Department, but broader questions remain.

Turn Down for What?

Brian Hartsell at DEO meeting

County Commission is preparing to adopt a ‘Civility Code,’ the latest effort by local government bodies to regulate decorum. Will it matter?