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Mental Toll of COVID-19 Becoming a Concern

Mental Toll of COVID-19 Becoming a Concern

Knox County Health Department Director, Dr. Martha Buchanan, choked back tears as she pleaded with the public, Friday. “If there’s anyone out there who is struggling, I encourage you to reach out. Reach out to your pastor, your friend.” Dr. Buchanan’s plea came after the Knox County Mayor reported eight suspected suicide cases, within the…MORE

TN. Dept. of Health: COVID-19 Numbers for Friday, March 27

TN. Dept. of Health: COVID-19 Numbers for Friday, March 27

Laboratory Type Positive Test Negative Tests Total State PH Lab 116 1,224 1,340 Non-State PH Lab 1,087 13,664 14,751 Total 1,203 14,888 16,091 * Please note, these data are meant to provide a rough estimate of testing volume. Due to different source data, numbers may differ slightly from day to day. ** Laboratory reports of positive cases…MORE

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is Re-Scheduled

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is Re-Scheduled

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon has been rescheduled for November due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The marathon had been originally scheduled for this weekend. It will now take place November 14 through 15. The Covenant Kids Run is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. The marathon, half marathon and relay events start at…MORE

Knox County Mayor says County Will Pay for COVID-19 Testing for Uninsured Residents

Knox County Mayor says County Will Pay for COVID-19 Testing for Uninsured Residents

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs says that the county will pay for COVID-19 testing for uninsured residents through the Knox County Health Department. To qualify, those without insurance must first call KCDC at 865-215-5555. KCDH staff will assess patients over the phone to determine testing options. Residents must be symptomatic and meet clinical guidelines to…MORE

The Knox County Health Department is Limiting Serves

The Knox County Health Department is Limiting Serves

The Knox County Health department is temporarily limiting services due to COVID-19 pandemic A few of the changes include, but are not limited to: KCHD’s (WIC) Program is conducting services by phone. The Dental Clinic will be open for dental emergencies only. In-person issuance of birth certificates is suspended; requests are by mail only. Vital…MORE

Cades Cove Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Cades Cove Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

A Cades Cove employee tests positive for COVID-19. Our TV News Partner, WVLT says the employee was asked to self-isolate at home and was showing minor symptoms. The last day the employee was at work was March 19th. Other park employees who had close contact with the patient were also asked to self-isolate. None of…MORE

Food City Hires 1,200 New Employees and Still Looking for More

Food City Hires 1,200 New Employees and Still Looking for More

Food City hires 1,200 people in one week to help meet extreme high demand at their grocery stores. Our TV News Partner says CEO Steve Smith said they’re looking to hire 1,300 more. Store hours were also adjusted to 7 a.m.-10 p.m. to give associates extra time to clean, sanitize and restock. Customers over the…MORE

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Urging Schools to Remain Closed for a Full Month

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Urging Schools to Remain Closed for a Full Month

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee says he originally asked that schools close until the end of this month but he now wants all Tennessee Schools to remain closed through April 24th.  The Governor says this request is in response to the recent assessments and CDC guidelines. Lee says he wants children to continue learning through the…MORE

Zoo Knoxville Asking for Your Help for Animals During COVID-19 Closure

Zoo Knoxville Asking for Your Help for Animals During COVID-19 Closure

Zoo Knoxville is asking the community to help support the ongoing care of zoo animals while they are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Zoo Knoxville is a non-profit organization and 75% of their daily operating funds come from sales of tickets and passes. The zoo closed voluntarily on March 16th to help prevent the…MORE

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Closing

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Closing

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, except the Foothills Parkway and the Spur, will close for two weeks in a continued effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. All park areas, except the Foothills Parkway and the Spur, will close at noon today, and stay closed until at least Monday, April 6. All access…MORE

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Big Kahuna Wing Festival

Big Kahuna Wing Festival

The Big Kahuna Wing Festival returns to World’s Fair Park on Sunday, September 6th, 2020! Tickets go on sale July 6th.

Restaurants Offering Takeout & Delivery

Restaurants Offering Takeout & Delivery

Due to COVID-19 concerns, dine-in restaurants are currently closed. But you can still enjoy food from your favorite restaurants at home! Find out which East Tennessee restaurants are providing takeout & delivery services. 

Donate to Help Those in Need

Donate to Help Those in Need

Find information here how you can donate to various charitable organizations and help those in need during the COVID-19 crisis.