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Zoo Knoxville’s cold-blooded residents have a new home this week as the largest project in the zoo’s history opened its doors to the public. A King cobra, Cuban crocodiles and a slew of critically endangered tortoises...
Robert Masterson has seen war. As a 21-year-old infantryman, he lost his legs in Vietnam as he walked across a minefield. But, he faces a new invisible enemy and sat in line Saturday morning to hopefully receive...
Parents angry over the lack of anti-COVID measures to protect students and employees of Knox County Schools won a mixed bag of protections from the Board of Education at a called meeting Wednesday night.  They secured...
The Knox County Health Department is expanding the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations to those in Phase 2a/b and those 55 years and older beginning Monday, according to a press release. Phase 2 includes people in critical...
It’s easier to count the costs of the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of what’s been lost rather than what could have been.  Among Knoxville’s many lost opportunities  was The Gateway, a community center with only one...
State officials learned Monday that Tennessee was one of five states to potentially find itself in hot water for banning indoor masking requirements. The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has launched investigations into...
The local death toll from the COVID pandemic reached a grisly plateau on Tuesday as it was announced that 15 people had died from the disease in Knox County in a 24-hour period.  According to the...
Editors Note: This report is a collaboration with East Tennessee’s best environmental publication, Hellbender Press. You can check out their coverage and contact their editor, Thomas Fraser, at https://hellbenderpress.org.  A coalition of environmental groups who joined forces to...
Just inside the front door of one of the austere, dignified buildings that crown “The Hill” at the University of Tennessee stands one of the world’s last wonders, a botanical outlier that’s evolved in a...
This story is from our friend over at Hellbender Press, Thomas Fraser…. A bear attacked and injured a teenage girl as she slept in a hammock in a backcountry campground in the Cosby area of Great...