The Mask Effect

COVID cases graph

Since the start of the school year, Knox County has reported far more COVID-19 cases per capita than Tennessee’s other three large counties.

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.