School Mask Mandate Fails Again

Kelli Wolfe addresses school board

The Board of Education takes a few steps to mitigate the impact of surging COVID-19 cases, but leaves face coverings optional.

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.

Mandate Post-Mortem

Knox County’s indoor mask requirement died quickly amid the interplay of the governor’s manifold executive orders on the COVID-19 response.

Mask Confusion

City County Building main floor

Knox County leaders scramble to find a path forward after Mayor Glenn Jacobs revoked the requirement to wear face coverings in public spaces.

Jacobs Ends Mask Mandate

Officials have given no explanation for the change in authority that bypassed Dr. Martha Buchanan, the county’s public health officer.