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Knox County Schools is two weeks into the year. What’s happened and what’s ahead.

Two weeks ago, more 40,000 students entered Knox County classrooms. An additional 18,000 students logged onto virtual learning. Since reopening, the district has rolled out free meals for all students, bumped up pay for substitute teachers and added more detail to its public COVID-19 metrics 

There is also a new plan to let after school childcare providers watch students on days when a school or the district is in the “red,” or operating virtually.

But Knox County Schools doesn’t operate in a bubble — if cases in the community go up, the district almost certainly will see more cases, too.

Lurking in the background of this school year is the specter of a districtwide shutdown like the one that brought schooling to...

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Restaurant inspections: West Knoxville steak house scores perfect

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many restaurants have gone to takeout only, reduced hours or have temporarily closed. Please call ahead to make sure a restaurant’s status has not changed.

The Knox County Health Department recently evaluated the following restaurants. Restaurant scores may change with follow-up visits; follow-up scores may not be immediately available. For more information on health scores, visit

Perfect scores

Cherokee Country Club (snack shop), 5205 Lyons View Drive

Chick Fil A, 11068 Parkside Drive

Cinebarre (kitchen), 7600 Kingston Pike Suite 1520

Connor’s Steak and Seafood, 10915 Turkey Drive

Elkmont Exchange (bar), 745 N. Broadway

Tropical Smoothie Café, 119 Lovell Road



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Trey Smith makes it easy for Tennessee football program to promote him for individual awards | Adams

Tennessee has had few football players as easy to promote as guard Trey Smith.

He was first-team All-SEC last season and a preseason All-American this year. He’s a leader on and off the field. And he’s a great human-interest story.

The story comes with a twist.

A more predictable story would have had him turning pro after the 2019 season, especially since his football career was twice interrupted by a health issue. Smith missed a portion of the 2018 season after blood clots developed in his lungs.

Nonetheless, he has returned to UT as a senior, even amid the coronavirus pandemic. All he lacks are statistics. He’s a victim of his position.

If Smith were as good at any other offensive position as he is on the line...

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After-school programs will be allowed to operate on-site on if Knox County Schools goes ‘red’

Working parents will have child care relief if Knox County Schools goes “red” — meaning the district switches to virtual learning — under a new plan approved by Superintendent Bob Thomas.

The district has decided to let after-school care providers offer child care during the school day in district buildings when a school or the entire district goes “red,” Thomas told Knox News.

Keeping open options for students to be supervised in schools, even if regular classroom learning is not occurring, is “important, again, for families who work,” Thomas said.

If only one class or grade level at a school goes “red,” the after-school program would not be able to offer school-hours care to the unaffected children in that cla...

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After cancelling scrimmage due to low numbers Saturday, Tennessee Vols practice Monday

Tennessee’s football team practiced Monday, two days after coach Jeremy Pruitt had to nix plans for a scheduled scrimmage.

Pruitt said Saturday that UT had 44 players unavailable. He added the team had “seven or eight” players with active cases of COVID-19, while more than two dozen other players were unable to practice because of contact-tracing protocol that requires them to quarantine. Additionally, a few players are unavailable because of injury.

Monday was the 11th practice of the preseason.

There is no scheduled media availability Tuesday.

The Vols are scheduled to practice again on Wednesday. 

SEC rules mandate that anyone who had a high-risk contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 is required to...

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Former Knox commissioner Mary ‘Bee’ DeSelm dies at 95

Mary “Bee” DeSelm, well-known community leader, particularly on behalf of education while on the Knox County Commission in the 1980s and at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, died Sunday at Shannondale health care center at age 95.

DeSelm and the late Mary Lou Horner were elected to the old County Court in 1976, the first of their gender in modern history to serve on the body that evolved into County Commission in 1980. The West Knoxville library branch building bears DeSelm’s name.

Her son, Richard DeSelm, said Monday that his mother was battling dementia and Alzheimer’s for years and her body got to the point that she gave out.

“Bee DeSelm has been a role model and mentor to me,” ...

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Why is Jarrett Guarantano still with the Tennessee Vols? Let him tell you.

Why is Jarrett Guarantano still here?

It’s a question we’ve all wondered throughout the past 11 months. He answered that question Friday.

Guarantano’s Tennessee Vols career has had its sterling moments, but also enough adversity, failures and criticisms to send a player scurrying to the transfer portal.

But the fifth-year senior is still standing as Tennessee’s starting quarterback. He’s here because this is where he wants to be.

“I’m looking at a big thing on the wall that says ‘This is Rocky Top,’” Guarantano said Friday during a Zoom interview while taking stock of his surroundings inside UT’s media work room, “… and those words and just this place mean so much to me.”


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Tennessee Vols pass defense will face the biggest challenges in the biggest games | Adams

 The Tennessee Vols secondary should be practicing with a sense of urgency. Its play could prove pivotal in UT’s biggest games.

The Vols will play five teams — Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M and Auburn — that are ranked in the Top 25 of the Amway Coaches Poll. All five of them will test UT’s pass defense.

The test became more difficult when the SEC announced its revised, conference-only schedule. Texas A&M and Auburn both have experienced quarterbacks and receivers.

UT has experience of its own at cornerback, which should help against the passing attacks coming its way. 

Bryce Thompson, an All-SEC candidate, and Alontae Taylor have two seasons of starting experience...

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When will fall colors peak in the Smoky Mountains? Check the foliage forecast

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has had one of its busiest seasons on record as visitors look for outdoor activities amid the coronavirus pandemic. Millions more are expected to make the trip to see the marvelous display of fall colors in the mountains as fall nears.

As air gets cooler and the days get shorter in East Tennessee towns like Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, tourists turn into full-blown leaf peepers. If you’re searching for a socially-distanced escape to take in the stunning sights this fall, here’s the foliage forecast and peak times to visit the Smokies.

Ideal conditions could create bright fall colors in the Smokies

Weather patterns year-round affect foliage colors in the fall...

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Jim Haslam, a champion of Knoxville and UT, shares fascinating story of his life


Jim Haslam’s new autobiography, “Co-Piloting: Luck, Leadership and Learning that it’s all about Others,” is a fascinating book by Knoxville’s best known businessman and philanthropist.

Available at Pilot stations here in Knoxville and on, it is well worth purchasing. Proceeds from the book, $27, will go to local nonprofits that encourage young people to get in business. 

Haslam’s book includes stories many do not know about Haslam and his arrival at the University of Tennessee as a football player in the 1950s. Haslam, who turns 90 in December, is as active as ever and up to date on current events and politics.

Haslam truly believes in Knoxville and Knox County...

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