Meriting Attention

Police cruiser with lights on

County Commission expands and revamps the Merit System Council, which protects Sheriff’s Office employees from political retribution.

Costs and Benefits

Commissioner Larsen Jay

County Commission weighs how to take politics out of the Merit System designed to protect sheriff’s employees … from politics.

Power Poll: Justifying Tax Hikes

A majority of survey respondents say city employee pay increases and county infrastructure upgrades are sufficient reasons to raise property tax rates.

Council OKs Budget, Tax Hike

Kincannon’s $434.1 million budget proposal and the accompanying 50-cent property tax increase get reserved but solid support.

Spangler Secures 2nd Term

Spangler speaks at victory party

In other primary results, Helsley is the Dems’ county mayor candidate, and Frazier beat Driscoll in the 11th District Commission contest.

Lack of Access

Ben Harrington

A study shows the demand for mental health care in Knox County is far outstripping the available resources.

Stadium Costs Come into Focus

The proposed publicly financed sports and entertainment venue would have a higher sticker price but cost less to finance than previously estimated.

On the Merits

Merit System web page

County Commission delivers a split decision on revamping the grievance system for sheriff’s employees.