‘Basic’ Education

Knox County school board workshop

As an ambitious Memphis/Nashville lawsuit moves forward, Knox County Schools watches and hopes for more state funding.

The Trouble With Turnout


Tennessee has one of the lowest voting rates in the country. Why? And what will make it better?

Mayor’s Moves

City County Building

Glenn Jacobs makes another round of Knox County personnel shifts — including hiring his chief of staff’s brother.

Whither the A.J.?

A.J. Hotel rendering

Another delay for a $6 million deal to redevelop the Andrew Johnson Building, as the new county mayor decides whether to go ahead with it.

Growing Tension

Post Oak Bend rendering

Knoxville and Knox County have different challenges in finding room for new residential development. How they address them will shape our future.

‘More People Are Dying’

Graph of drug-related deaths

Drug-related deaths in Knox and Anderson counties rose by 41 percent last year, from already record levels. A Forensic Center report details the toll.

A New Mandate

Darris Upton

Darris Upton is feeling his way into his job as Knox County’s first-ever diversity development manager. “This is a brand-new effort,” he says.

Jacobs’ Ladder

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs

From college athlete with a blown-out knee to wrestling superstar to chief executive of Knox County government, Glenn Jacobs has always believed in himself.

Black Wednesday: The Compass Primer

Black Wednesday Main Assembly Room

The Black Wednesday scandal still reverberates through Knox County political culture, even though most of those involved are no longer in office.

Knox 2018: Knox County

Glenn Jacobs' swearing-in.

In Knox County politics, the stage was set for this year to be mostly an encore performance, with lots of familiar faces in slightly different roles.