Friday, July 29

How to help eastern Kentucky flood victims: Governor Beshear has established the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund to assist those impacted by the floods and the severe weather system beginning July 26, 2022. All donations to the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund are tax-deductible and donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes after donating. If you wish to donate to the Relief Fund, click here.

Wednesday, May 18

Starting June 1, families are invited to participate in crafts, games and other activities on Wednesdays in June and July from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in eight different City of Knoxville parks and natural areas.

Families with children age 2-12 can participate in activities, games, hands-on crafts and other fun pursuits
hosted by the City of Knoxville Office of Special Events, Parks and Recreation Department.

  • June 1 – Ijams Nature Center, 2915 Island Home Avenue
  • June 8 – Lakeshore Park, 6410 S. Northshore Drive
  • June 15 – Victor Ashe Park, 49001 Bradshaw Road
  • June 22 – Knoxville Botanical Gardens and Arboretum, 2743 Wimpole
  • Avenue
  • June 29 – Fountain City Park, 117 Hotel Road
  • July 13 – Baker Creek Preserve, 3700 Lancaster Drive
  • July 20 – World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn
  • July 27 – Inskip Park, 4204 Bruhin Road

Thursday, May 12

WATE 6 On Your Side was awarded four wins in the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2021 Golden Press Card Awards during a ceremony on May 12, 2022.

Friday, April 15

Representatives of Great Smoky Mountains National Park held a virtual meeting Thursday to present a proposal to institute new parking fees and increase camping costs and answer public questions. Here’s everything you need to know from that meeting.

Tuesday, April 12

Double Up Food Bucks is a SNAP-doubling program offered at farmers’ markets and grocers across the country. Find out more about the program in East Tennessee.

Friday, March 25

The Neighborhood Conference, hosted by the City of Knoxville’s Office of Neighborhood Empowerment, is held annually for everyone who participates in a neighborhood organization and for all local residents who are interested in the quality of life in Knoxville’s neighborhoods.

The scheduled date for the 2022 Neighborhood Conference is Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Knoxville Convention Center on Henley Street. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, March 23

If you weren’t able to snag tickets to Big Ears Festival don’t worry, they will be hosting free events for all of Knoxville to enjoy. Big Ears Festival will be hosting free events during the week of March 24-27 while the festival is taking place.

Zoo Knoxville is offering Twilight Tours to give visitors the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the nocturnal animals within the zoo. For more details visit:

Sunday, March 20

Monday is World Down Syndrome Day and to celebrate, the Down Syndrom Awareness Group of East Tennessee held a 5K fundraiser run in Knoxville. So far they have raised over $2,500. If you would like to donate to the group or find future events, you can go to their Facebook page.

Saturday, March 19

A Knoxville organization is stepping up to send aid to Ukraine. Organizers say money from charities is being held up at the border due to blockades, so they are sending money directly to refugees who have made it outside the country but their ultimate goal is to help those still trapped inside Ukraine. To donate, go to their website.

Tuesday, March 15

As the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon approaches, organizers are seeking volunteers for the March 26-27 races.

Sunday, March 13

The Vols are on their way to March Madness! Tennessee men’s basketball secured a No. 3 seed and will face off against the Longwood Lancers in Indianapolis on Thursday. You can find ticket information here.

Wednesday, March 2

Residents of the Department of Family Medicine at UT Medical Center started a GoFundMe for  Eric Robertson’s family.

Tuesday, March 1

The University of Tennessee is hosting a panel on the Russia-Ukraine Crisis. Find the webcast here:

Wednesday, Feb. 23

U.S. Congressman Tim Burchett, who represents Tennessee’s second district, hosted former U.S. Ambassador to Poland and Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe on his podcast Tennessee Talks. The two discuss the latest developments in the Russia-Ukraine saga. Click here to listen to the episode.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

The nation’s top public health agency, the CDC, proposes changing the guidelines for U.S. doctors prescribing oxycodone and other opioid painkillers. The public is invited to comment on the newly-proposed guidelines that might make it easier for people who need prescription opioids to get them.

Monday, Feb. 14

There are two finalists in the Knox County Board of Education search for a new superintendent. The public can submit questions for the candidates to answer at two public meetings on Feb. 17 and 18. To submit questions, click here.

Thursday, Feb. 10

The family of fallen Loudon County deputy Chris Jenkins is asking for people to donate to the North Carolina Highway Patrol Caisson Unit in Jenkins’ name in lieu of flowers. Find out how to donate here.

Wednesday, Feb. 9

VOTE for your favorite artist to enter the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dolly Parton is a nominee, along with Eminem, Duran Duran and more.

Monday, Feb. 7

A new initiative aimed at reducing waste at city landfills and greenhouse gas emissions was launched by the City of Knoxville asking residents and downtown restaurants to drop off their food scraps for composting.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has approved a proposal to split fast-growing Nashville into multiple congressional seats, a move Democrats have warned will unfairly affect Black voters.

Sunday, Feb. 6

On Monday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Art Spiegelman, Author of MAUS, will be hosting a zoom conversation. The event is open to the public and free to join. For more information and how to register for the event click here.

Tuesday, Feb. 1

Tennessee’s Gov. Bill Lee on Monday unveiled his $52.5 billion budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, an increase from the $41.8 billion budget that the Republican proposed for the current year. The 2022-23 spending plan includes increases for law enforcement, education, state workers, roads and more.

Saturday, Jan. 29

Reba McEntire is in Knoxville! Reba is performing at Thompson-Boling Arena tonight at 8 p.m. Masks are encouraged if you choose to wear one, however, not required.

And it’s not too late, you can still find tickets, though availability is limited, here:

Friday, Jan. 28

Six Tennessee State Parks restaurants and three TSP lodges are offering special Valentine’s Day weekend packages. The specials can be found at Montgomery Bell, Fall Creek Falls, David Crockett, Cumberland Mountain, Pickwick Landing, and Natchez Trace state parks. You can find more information about reservations and packages here.

Thursday, Jan 27

Throughout January, Tennessee State Parks are accepting donations for the annual My TN State Park fundraiser, where donors can “vote” for their favorite state park.

Tuesday, Jan 25

Share the technology your child uses with Knox County Schools in this survey.

Sunday, Jan. 23

Know of a Knoxville city street where speeding is a problem? Knoxville’s citywide study that aims to partner with the public in identifying major corridors with traffic speed concerns and developing tools to mitigate these issues ends today.

Last chance, click here to take the 5-minute survey:

Wednesday, Jan 19

Good news, students! The deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid has been extended to March 1. The FAFSA is an important part of your higher education journey and it might even mean free money to cover your college costs. Find out more.

Tuesday, Jan. 11

Buy a chair to help with renovations to Farragut High School’s Wells Auditorium for just $199 by dedicating a personalized chair. Chair availability is limited and can be purchased at

Monday, Jan. 10

Know of a Knoxville city street where speeding is a problem? Knoxville’s citywide study aims to partner with the public in identifying major corridors with traffic speed concerns and developing tools to mitigate these issues.

Click here to take the 5-minute survey:

Wednesday, Jan. 5

You can add WATE 6 On Your Side flash briefings to your Alexa device by clicking on this link to the Amazon store, signing in and then clicking “enable.”

The Oak Ridge Police is asking anyone who has any information regarding the catalytic converter thefts to report it. Find out more.

Tuesday, Jan. 4

Registration is open for the upcoming Covenant Kids Run will kick off at noon at Zoo Knoxville on Saturday, Feb. 5.

The run begins at noon in Zoo Knoxville and costs $20 to register. This covers the cost of the Feb. 5 event, the last lap on March 26 and free zoo admission for the race participant and one accompanying adult on race day. Signup can be done in advance at or at the zoo beginning at 10 a.m. the day of the event. Any additional guests may pay half-price for admission on Feb. 5.

Monday, Jan. 3

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the 2021 tax filing deadline is back at an April date.

This year, it’s on April 18. That’s because Emancipation Day falls on Saturday, April 16, and Friday is the observed holiday in D.C. Because federal offices are closed that day, taxes are due on Monday, April 18, 2022. Residents in Maine and Massachusetts must file by April 19, since April 18 is the observed day for Patriots’ Day.

Last year, the IRS delayed the traditional tax filing deadline from April 15 until May 17.

Sunday, Jan. 2

Many flights nationally are being delayed and even canceled. For a full list of local flight delays at McGhee Tyson Airport, click here.

Wednesday, Dec. 29

A poet of excellence who has lived in the Secret City for at least one year and can spell verses that represent the city is being sought by the Oak Ridge Poet Laureate Committee.

Tuesday, Dec. 28

Knoxville will ring in the new year beginning at 9 p.m. at World’s Fair Park. Food trucks, activities and a DJ will be on hand before the Mike Snodgrass Band takes the stage at 10 p.m. The ball drop from the Sunsphere will be at midnight. Free parking after 6 p.m. is available in all cty-owned garages, including Locust Street and Market Square, as well as the 11th Street Garage. For a map of available garages and lots, visit

Knox County Convivence Centers had their “Super Bowl of garbage” this week. The week after Christmas is usually their busiest part of the year. If you are looking to recycle your tree or find out what holiday items are accepted, you can find that information here.

Wednesday, Dec. 22

The American Eagle Foundation is showing off its birds through its 12 Days of Talons. The foundation is asking for people to share some holiday joy with the birds by buying some toys for the birds. Find out more here.

New laws hitting the books on Jan. 1 include election security safeguards, student discipline, wine sales and compensating college athletes for their name image and likeness.

Monday, Dec. 21

Tennessee State Parks are offering guided hikes across the state as part of the America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative in all 50 states. First Day Hikes are designed for all ages and abilities and are offered at all times of day. Hikers will need to check each park page’s First Day Hikes details on for times and meetup spots for their chosen park.

Commemorative bricks are for sale for the site that will be a new Metro Drug Coalition recovery center in downtown Knoxville. Leaders say the bricks can be purchased in honor of someone who has struggled or passed away due to addiction. The commemorative bricks can be engraved with two options: “In Memory of” or “In Honor of.”

Check the flight status for all incoming and outgoing flights to and from McGhee Tyson Airport on

Monday, Dec. 20

Spending time hiking around trails found in Tennessee State Parks is exactly what officials are offering as people look to the new year and resolutions. An initiative launched across all 50 states is calling for hikers to hit the trails on New Year’s Day. State parks in East Tennessee will be offering First Day Hikes Jan. 1.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

TWRA announced the spring turkey quota hunts application period is open now through Jan. 12. You can find more information with links to the TWRA website in this story.

Tickets for the Southern Skies Music Festival featuring Blues Travelers, Maggie Rose, The New Respects, The Dirty GUv’nahs and more is set for May 14, 2022. Tickets can be found at and more info can be gleaned from this story.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office is collecting donations for elderly residents at Beverly Park Place Health & Rehab & Serene Manor. They are requesting small lap-size blankets, travel-size lotions, non-skid socks, sugar-free candy, laundry detergent, fabric softener, paper towels, toilet tissue, dishwashing soap, men’s body wash and toothpaste.

Donations can be dropped off at 400 Main Street (City/County Building) L1, 7326 Norris Freeway, 4732 Centerline Drive and 11429 Parkside Drive.

Tuesday, Nov. 30

Council members voted 7 to 2 in favor of the change which would add provisions for operating permits, device fleeting, and parking for the scooters.

Saturday, Nov. 27

A new twist on the Peppermint Trail, hidden elves and other holiday actives are coming to downtown Knoxville on Nov. 26.

This year, visitors to downtown can download the Peppermint Trail Pass mobile passport to be entered to win $25 and $100 gift cards to local businesses, and the grand prize of dinner and overnight stay in Downtown Knoxville. The passport will also allow users to track their progress on sampling holiday creations in downtown. Click here to learn more.

Tuesday, Nov. 23

Facing difficulty paying your KUB bill? KUB has a link available with bill assistance information.

Friday, Nov. 19

The  Better Business Bureau released a “Naughty List” with the top 12 scams of Christmas that are most likely to catch consumers and donors off guard during this holiday season.

The Knoxville Ice Bears will raffle a signed Peyton Manning jersey on Friday to celebrate 20 years of Ice Bears hockey in the city and to benefit their charitable work. Tickets start at $10 each with bundles of six and 15 tickets available for a discounted rate. Tickets are available online and at the fan assistance desk at their game Friday, Nov. 19.

Tuesday, Nov. 16

Five Tennessee state parks restaurants will be offering Thanksgiving meals on Nov. 25 along with an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with hiking, biking, golf and more.

Friday, Nov. 12

Following the announcement that Knox County Superintendent Bob Thomas will retire in 2022, the Knox County Board of Education has created a survey to receive input from parents about the issues and challenges facing the school system. The deadline to complete the survey and to provide comments is noon on Dec. 3, 2021. 

Click here to take the stakeholder survey. Input can also be emailed to

Sunday, Nov. 7

The 55th annual CMA Awards will be Wednesday at 8 p.m. on ABC. To celebrate 55 years, here are 55 facts about the CMAs!

Tuesday, Nov. 2

The Knoxville general election is being held today. You can find the results from all five City Council elections here.

Monday, Nov. 1

Tickets for the 2021 Fantasy of Trees benefiting the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital later this month are now on sale. The annual fundraising event helps the hospital buy medical equipment for its patients. Learn more about the fundraiser and how to get tickets.

Saturday, Oct. 30

The Tennessee General Assembly passed a few bills overnight at the end of the Special COVID-19 Session. One bill that passed will prevent government entities, public schools, and many private businesses from requiring a person get the COVID vaccine. Exceptions include healthcare facilities and entertainment venues, given they offer weekly covid testing as an alternative to proof of vaccination. To read more about that bill, click here.

Thursday, Oct. 28

The Tennessee Riverline Project will hold a community engagement event Monday, Nov. 8 at the Mill & Mine in Knoxville. The project aims to connect communities from Knoxville to Paducah, Kentucky with 652-mile continuous system of paddling, hiking and biking experiences through 4 states. The public is invited to share feedback and ideas about Knoxville’s existing relationship with the Tennessee River and what may be in store in the future. The meeting will take place from 4-7 p.m. at 227 West Depot Avenue.

Halloween weekend is happening in East Tennessee with several events sure to give trick or treaters spooky and sweet activities. Here’s the working list of things to do Thursday through Sunday in East Tennessee to celebrate.

Tuesday, Oct. 26

Big Ears Festival organizers announced several additions to the 2022 artist lineup on Tuesday, headlined by Patti Smith, a 2007 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Other artists added in the second wave include John Medeski, Julian Lage Trio, Marisa Anderson & William Tyler, Yasmin Williams, Maeve Gilchristm, GEORGE, Ben Lamar Gay, Evan Ziporyn, Mind Maintenance, Claire Rousay, Odean Pope & Immanuel Wilkins, Ensemble Dal Niente, and Ken Vandermark. Click on the link below for rest of the artists announced so far.

Sunday, Oct. 24

Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church is celebrating 225 years with a full week of events. The church was formed in 1796, just four years after Knoxville’s first congregation, First Presbyterian Church, started meeting and months after Tennessee become a state. For a full list of their events, check their website here.

Saturday, Oct. 23

The Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Oct. 23. Find a location near you here. If you missed National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, you can find a permanent controlled substance public disposal location here.

Wednesday, Oct. 20

Knox County District Attorney Charme Allen asked on social media, “If you support crime victims and their families and do not want murderers released from jail earlier than the 51 years that current legislation requires, then please consider signing the following petition.”

Tuesday, Oct. 19

Curious about some of the Black Friday deals that major retailers are already sharing? Some retailers are even offering price cuts now, reportedly to offset remaining COVID-19 pandemic issues. Of course, with supply chain woes and potential postal service backups on the horizon, experts are saying an “earlier-is-better” mentality is recommended this year. Here’s a look at some of the top Black Friday deals – so far.

Monday, Oct. 18

Signup for the 2022 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon here. The 2022 Covenant Kids Run and Covenant Health 5K will be held on Saturday, March 26. The 2022 Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relays will be held on Sunday, March 27.

Thursday, Oct. 14

From Oct. 15-31, 3D installations, spooky photo spots, zombie walks and more can be found throughout Market Square, Gay Street, the Old City and surrounding areas as a part of downtown Knoxville’s Wicked Cool event.

Community Change of Tennessee, a nonprofit mental health organization, will host a charity golf tournament at Three Ridges Golf Course in Knoxville on Saturday, Oct. 30. The tournament will tee off at 9 a.m. The group aims to raise $10,000 and will offer prizes like $1,000 cash for a hole in one and $100 for the longest drive. Click here to register for the tournament or make a contribution.

Wednesday, Oct. 13

The public comment period is open through Wednesday for a draft proposal that agencies have prepared for updating the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Air Tour Management Plan. Park officials say agencies encourage anyone with an interest in or concern about air tours over the Great Smoky Mountains National Park to review and comment on the draft ATMP. The proposed plan would authorize up to 946 air tours per year on defined routes. There were on average 946 air tours per year conducted by two air tour operators reported at Great Smoky Mountains National Park from 2017 – 2019. Learn more here.

Wednesday, Oct. 13 is the first day of early voting in the 2021 City of Knoxville Regular Election. Early voting begins Oct. 13 and runs through Oct. 28. Election Day is Nov. 2. To view the election commission’s schedule and locations for early voting, find it here.

Sunday, Oct. 10

Visit Knoxville, with the support of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, is hosting a four-part concert series throughout October, beginning this weekend, called Sunsphere Sundays. A portion of all sales from the four events will enhance the structure including it’s public observation deck. To buy tickets or to see the lineup of the bands, click here.

Friday, Oct. 8

Gov. Bill Lee and Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn are seeking input from the public on a new education funding formula for Tennessee’s public schools. District and school leaders, elected officials, families, education stakeholders and members of the public can join a committee and the discussion by filling out this form.

Thursday, Oct. 7

Pets for Patriots works with animal shelters around the country to pair pets with active-duty service members and veterans at no cost to them. It also offers assistance with the cost of basic supplies and access to affordable veterinary care.

If you’re a veteran or active duty service member who wants to take advantage of this program, visit

Tuesday, Oct. 5

The Knoxville Fanboy Expo is asking for volunteers to staff the pop culture convention from Oct. 29-31. Visit to sign up.

Sunday, Oct. 3

The National Park Service is asking the public to comment on the proposed construction of the next section of the Foothills Parkway and access improvements between Wears Valley and the Metcalf Bottoms area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Public comment is also sought on how to develop better access to the Metcalf Bottoms area to address safety concerns along Wears Cove Gap Road, improve visitor experience and protect park resources.

A virtual public meeting will be held on Oct. 14 from 5-6 p.m. Click here to read more.

Saturday, Oct. 2

Zoo Knoxville hosted the annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday with hundreds of volunteers holding flowers as they walked. The flowers, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s website, are carried to represent how “like flowers, our participants don’t stop when something’s in their way.”  

WATE 6 On Your Side’s Lori Tucker emceed the local event.  

The Alzheimer’s Association’s goal this year is to raise $165,000 for research into Alzheimer’s and dementia. As of Saturday night, they were just over $30,000 short. If you’d like to make a donation or find our more about the organization, click here.  

Friday, Oct. 1

Knox Pride is hosting an open house and resource drive from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at its new center at located at 4028 Chapman Highway in downtown Knoxville. Parking is suggested at Sam Duff Park.

Saturday, Sept. 25

Friends of Literacy nonprofit and Kickstand Community Bike Shop hosted a Books and Bikes event for kids in the Knoxville community. Kids were able to take home a bike and a book after completing a few lessons and obstacle courses.

Friends of Literacy is a nonprofit that offers literacy help to kids, adults and those who know English as a second language. Click here to learn more.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

It’s the first day of fall, y’all! Fall has made its way to East Tennessee and with it farms across the area are celebrating. Corn mazes, pumpkin patches and festivals dot the landscape. Here are some of the local farms offering family fun this season.

Thursday, Sept. 16

Mobile Meals 50th Anniversary Auction — All proceeds from both donations and auction will help Mobile Meals to continue to serve Knox County for another 50 years. You can find the auction here.

Wednesday, Sept. 15

The National Park Service is holding three virtual town halls this fall focusing on black history within and around the Great Smoky Mountains. Find out more and sign up here:

Wednesday, Sept. 8

Patriot Mountain said they need help with donations so they can provide basic help to refugees, including food, water and clothing. Find them online at

Tuesday, Sept. 7

The University of Tennessee Gardens, Knoxville, will be auctioning off birdhouses Aug. 13-22. The birdhouses are online on the Art in the Garden page. The page can be accessed from the UT Gardens website.

Hunger can affect anyone, and that’s why Nexstar Media Group is teaming up with Feeding America to bring awareness and help end food insecurity during the month of September, which is Hunger Action Month.

Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. It’s a nationwide network with 200 food banks and 60,000 community partners coast to coast.

Thursday, Sept. 2

The National Fallen Firefighters 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs honor and remember the Fire Department of New York firefighters who gave their lives so that others might live on Sept. 11, 2001. Each participant pays tribute to a FDNY firefighter by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Sixteen teams are participating in the 2021 Knoxville 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. You can donate to a climber or a team participating in the Knoxville event here.

Wednesday, Sept. 1

As recovery efforts continue following the devastation brought by Ida, Young-Williams Animal Center is calling for emergency fosters. Click here for more.

Monday, Aug. 30

Need to look up your voter registration information? Tennessee has a Voter Lookup page for you: And in case you needed general election information for the 2021 City of Knoxville primary election, with Election Day being Tuesday, Aug. 31 you can find it here:

Minority contractors are being sought after for development around the proposed multi-use stadium project in Downtown Knoxville, click here for more.

Saturday, Aug. 28

Tuskegee NEXT is a nationwide youth-outreach aviation program that enables youth to get their pilot’s license and helps them go forward in a career in aviation. The organization is named after the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military airmen during World War II. 

To learn more about Tuskegee NEXT’s goals, vision and history, click here

Thursday, Aug. 26

Parents of interested applicants should submit a video of their child singing a favorite song along with video of them reading “Bear in There” by Shel Silverstein. Additionally, parents should include a headshot, resume (including the child’s height) and links to live performances. All materials should be sent to Submission deadline is Sunday, Sept. 5.

Wednesday, Aug. 25

The deadline to submit interest to attend FBI Knoxville’s Diversity Special Agent Seminar is September 3, 2021. Candidates should visit to review special agent qualifications. If they meet these qualifications, they can then submit a resume to

Tuesday, Aug. 24

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital leaders provide an update on pediatric COVID-19 cases.

The State Board of Education is inviting residents to share their feedback on the Tennessee Academic Standards for science through Sunday, September 19, 2021.

After the initial survey, teams of Tennessee educators from K-12 schools and higher education will review the comments and propose revisions. Early in 2022, the revisions will become available again for public input in a second survey. Following this second survey, the Standards Recommendation Committee will review the proposed revisions and public comments and will deliberatively decide which standards to recommend to the State Board of Education for final adoption.

Click here to share feedback on the Tennessee Academic Standards for science.

Covenant Health Knoxville MarathonSign up with friends, family, co-workers, schools, churches, nonprofit groups, or any other group of people. You can work together and have fun while supporting this great athletic achievement.

Sunday, Aug. 22

A Knoxville couple shared their family members’ survival story after many of their loved ones who live in Haiti were hit hard by a devastating weekend earthquake. Many fundraisers have been set up to support their family’s relief and recovery efforts. Including a GoFundMe that you can find here.

Sunday, Aug. 15

Hamblen County Superintendent of Schools Jeff Perry posted an update on the state of COVID-19 in the school district. As part of the update, he said school officials have seen more students testing positive for COVID-19 than adults. So far in the school year, there have been 116 total cases with 74 active cases, including four staff members, as of Sunday. 138 students have been quarantined since the start of school on August 5. 

Perry also listed the district’s three-phase approach to keep students on track while in quarantine: 

  • Phase one: The planning is left up to individual schools to provide make-up work to the students. 
  • Phase two: The district steps in to help make sure students are receiving the attention they need to stay on track in school. 
  • Phase three: A temporary switch to virtual classes. 

Hamblen County is currently in phase one. To see the full update from the superintendent, click here.  

Friday, Aug. 13

Fundraiser for Pimento the donkey at East Tennessee Miniature Horse and Donkey Rescue.

The clinic will be held on Wednesday, August 18 from 3-6 p.m. at Neyland, 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way. The clinic will offer the first dose of the Moderna vaccine to those age 18 and older.

Purchase tickets for the 15th annual Slimfest here.

Dockdogs hosting Dog Daze at Village Green from Aug.13-15 in Farragut.

Thursday, Aug. 12

Tennessee football says every Thursday in August, they’re offering a 24-hour sale on select single-game tickets for the 2021 season.

Tuesday, Aug. 10

Anyone with information about a crime, wanted fugitive or any criminal activity occurring in the city is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), visit to submit an online tip, or download the free mobile app, P3 Tips, from either the Google Play or Apple App Store. Tipsters will remain completely anonymous throughout the entire process of submitting a tip through receiving a cash reward if eligible. 

Monday, Aug. 9

Early voting runs from Aug. 11-26. City of Knoxville elections are held in odd-numbered years. All terms of office are for 4 years. After 2021, the next City election will be in 2023.

Sunday, Aug. 8

East Tennessee students are preparing to return to the classroom. For some, it will be the first time in two years they will have stepped on campus. Click here for a rundown of start dates and whether school districts are requiring masks to be worn to start the 2021-22 school year.

Friday, Aug. 6

VIP and general admission tickets are now available for the 8th annual Big Kahuna Wing Festival, which will take place on September 5 at World’s Fair Park in Knoxville. Sample some of the best wings in the south and enjoy live music performances during the all-day event. General admission tickets will cost $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Visit for tickets and go to

First Friday for August is happening in Downtown Knoxville. Learn more here.

Wednesday, Aug. 4

The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors will be holding its quarterly meeting virtually at 9 a.m. Aug. 18. It will be streamed live at An agenda and details on written comment submission for the meeting will be posted on the board’s website by the end of the day Aug. 11.

Monday, Aug. 2

Tennessee Wildlife Federation is accepting submissions for its 7th annual wildlife and landscape photo contest.

Sunday, Aug. 1

East Tennessee students are preparing to return to the classroom. For some, it will be the first time in two years they will have stepped on campus. Click here for a rundown of start dates and whether school districts are requiring masks to be worn to start the 2021-22 school year.

Friday, July 30

Project SEARCH is hosting an information night from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Knoxville Career Center, 2700 Middlebrook Pike. Attendees can learn what a typical day is like for a Project SEARCH intern, review applications and get their questions answered. The session will also be shared virtually. To RSVP for the virtual event email Stacy Spangler at by Sept. 9. Site codes will be provided to those who wish to attend virtually.

Voting ends tomorrow for the annual Young-Williams Animal Center Pet Calendar Contest. Each vote costs $1 and is considered a donation to Young-Williams Animal Center. Voting ends at 8 p.m. To vote and to enter your pet visit the Young-Williams Animal Center 2022 Pet Calendar Contest website.

Thursday, July 29

The Tennessee Theatre has announced six Broadway productions coming to Knoxville this year in addition to teasing ahead to the arrival of the global phenomenon ‘Hamilton’ for the 2022-2023 season.

Wednesday, July 28

August 2 is the last day that Knox County residents can register to vote in the 2021 Knoxville Primary Election. Click here to register. The City of Knoxville Primary Election will be held on August 31. Early Voting begins on August 11.

Tickets are on sale now for the Wolfstock Music Festival planned Aug. 6-7 in Louisville. Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Jordan Davis, Parmalee, Priscilla Block and Lindsay Ell will perform. Check out this article about how proceeds will benefit nonprofits in Blount County.

Monday, July 26

Find out more about Dolly Parton’s role as ‘Dreamer in Chief’ at Dollywood and the new projects she’s working on.

The 10th annual Girl Talk Fashion Show Gala is taking place on August 7. Here’s a link for tickets and information.

At the 40th Annual Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Dan Fleser will be presented with the Special Recognition Award. Peyton Manning will be a guest speaker and Bob Kesling will be the Master of Ceremonies. Limited seating available. Visit for tickets. Purchase tickets for $200 each, or a table for $2,000. 

Friday, July 23

Register to take part in the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency event for new gun and archery shooters that will held Saturday, Aug. 7. The gun safety event will take place at the John Sevier Hunter Education Center at 2327 Rifle Range Road in Knoxville. There are limited places available. Click here to register.

Tuesday, July 20

Kanye West is throwing a listening party for his new album in Atlanta on July 22 at Mercedes Benz stadium. Click here for tickets.

Monday, July 19

SEC Media Day: UT Head Coach Josh Huepel to speak at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Click here to catch up on the latest sports news from SEC Media Day.

Sunday, July 18

The Tennessee Department of Education has announced 29 new virtual schools for the 2021-22 school year.  

In 2020, the Tennessee State Board of Education created an emergency rule that required school districts and public charter schools to develop Continuous Learning Plans to be used in remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as schools across Tennessee go back to in-person learning, the State Board passed a new rule limiting the ability for schools to use these CLPs. This new rule means that families who want their students to continue remote learning must enroll their students in a virtual school.  

 For a complete list of all 29 new virtual schools, click here.  

Thursday, July 15

Keep Knoxville Beautiful is planning a mural for the corner of Sutherland Avenue and Concord Road. Keep Knoxville Beautiful is asking for donations to help pay for the mural. Donations can be made at

Knox County Sheriff’s office is holding an information session on new carry laws and firearm safety on July 31. To register for the session call the KCSO Training Division at 865-281-0606.

Wednesday, July 14

The recall alert issued by Tyson Foods over Listeria concerns has been updated with additional products, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a release Tuesday.

Reminder – the Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee Nutrition Services partnered up with the city and organizations to provide kids with meals this summer. See the list of sites to get the meals here.

Monday, July 12

Not sure if your family qualifies for the expanded child tax credits that will start going out next month? The IRS now has a new online tool that allows taxpayers to check their eligibility.

Friday, July 9

WWE Superstar and Knoxville-native Bianca Belair is one of four final contenders to win the Best WWE Moment at The ESPYS after setting the record for the longest time spent in the match during her victory at the 2021 WWE Women’s Royal Rumble. The ESPYs will be held Saturday, July 10 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Click here to cast your vote.

Tyson Foods is recalling another 500,000 pounds of chicken over concerns that the meat may be contaminated with listeria, according to an update Thursday from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The total amount of chicken products under recall is now roughly 8,955,296 pounds, FSIS said.

The recalled products, marked with the establishment number “EST. P-7089,” were sold at a number of major retailers, including Walmart, Target, Kroger, Publix and H-E-B. They were produced between December 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021. The massive recall comes after an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with state authorities, found that three people were sickened by the poultry, one of whom died. For more information, see the full announcement on the FSIS website.

The National Park Service is seeking public input on the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Laurel Falls Trail Management Plan to address visitor experience and safety, parking, and trail rehabilitation for the most visited trail in the park. A virtual public meeting to discuss the plan and answer any questions about the process will take place from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, July 22. The NPS will also accept written comments online or by postal mail for consideration. Postal mail comments can be sent to:

Superintendent Cassius Cash
Attn: Laurel Falls Trail Management Plan
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
107 Park Headquarters Road
Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Thursday, July 8

The Anderson County Fair will be held July 12-7 at the The Anderson County Fair Grounds (218 Nave Street) in the city of Clinton. Click here for a complete daily schedule of events.

Wednesday, July 7

The Tennessee Valley Authority will be hosting a virtual open house on review of options for the Cumberland Fossil Plant — click here to learn more.

During the pandemic, government officials put programs in place to try and keep people in their homes. The housing assistance dashboard shows when are where people are asking for help and getting relief through available programs in Knoxville. Click here to view the dashboard. Click here if you want to apply online for the Knox Housing Assistance Program.

The TVA is asking for public input on the potential impacts of Asian carp barriers at 10 lock and dam sites along the Tennessee River. To learn more about the plan, click here.

Tuesday, July 6

The Tennessee Valley Authority is calling for public input on the proposed alternatives for vegetation management activities on its transmission systems rights of way during fiscal years 2022 and 2023.

Dollywood is searching for its next panel of park insiders to share experiences and tips through online content. Applications for the sixth panel of Dollywood Insiders are available now at

Monday, July 5

Oak Ridge has a new online farmers’ market, and it also doubles SNAP benefits because of grant money from the state.

Friday, July 2

Looking for fireworks? We’ve rounded up every event we could find and put it in this link. WATE will also livestream the Gatlinburg fireworks show at 11p.m. this Sunday.

WOLFSTOCK: Tickets on sale now for the Wolfstock Music Festival planned Aug. 6-7 in Louisville. Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Jordan Davis, Parmalee, Priscilla Block and Lindsay Ell will perform. Check out this article about how proceeds will benefit nonprofits in Blount County.

Thursday, July 1

Knox County District Attorney Charme Allen released the 2020 Fatal Overdose Victims and Criminal Justice Report on Thursday, she says, “”Unfortunately, our community plans did not account for a global pandemic, which came with a devastating impact to our community’s health and social wellbeing.”

Today would have been Princess Diana’s 60th birthday. A statue was unveiled in London by her sons princes William and Harry. We look back at her life in a series of photos here.

Wednesday, June 30

Tennessee’s 112th General Assembly passed a long list of new laws during its legislative session. Those laws signed by Gov. Bill Lee take effect July 1. We have a list of them here.

Tuesday, June 29

WOLFSTOCK: Tickets on sale now for the Wolfstock Music Festival planned Aug. 6-7 in Louisville. Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Jordan Davis, Parmalee, Priscilla Block and Lindsay Ell will perform. Check out this article about how proceeds will benefit nonprofits in Blount County.

The BBB Wise Giving Alliance provides charity reports to help donors find a trustworthy group to support. Visit for more information.

QUIZ: Think youu’re smarter than the average American? Take this Fourth of July quiz and find out! Click this link to begin.

More than 6,200 names are etched into the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial in World’s Fair Park. You can find the full list here.

Monday, June 28

Check out tickets on sale now at Wolfstock Music Festival. The event is Aug. 6-7 in Louisville. Billy Currington, Jake Owen, Jordan Davis, Parmalee, Priscilla Block and Lindsay Ell will perform. Check out this article about how proceeds will benefit nonprofits in Blount County.

July 1 is the deadline for Tennessee Department of Children Services Foster Care Alumni to apply for stimulus money. The funds, up to $1,200, are intended to help qualified former foster care children amid the pandemic. Click this link to fill out an application.

Sunday, June 27

Today is National PTSD Awareness Day. One week from Independence Day, find out how you can be a considerate neighbor to veterans around you.

If you or someone you know need a safe place to go for the upcoming holiday, the Sevierville American Legion Post 104 is opening its doors to veterans at 7 p.m. on both July 3 and July 4. You can reach out to them on Facebook or via email at

Wreaths Across America’s annual “Do Good Twice” campaign starts again in July. The campaign offers sponsorship of wreaths for veterans’ graves for $15. The program is called “Do Good Twice” because WAA takes $5 from every $15 and gives it to local groups who help veterans, military families, youth and more, in communities across the country. To participate or find out more, click here.

Tuesday, June 22

Announcing the first Buc-ee’s location in Tennessee, company officials announced the largest Buc-ee’s Family Travel Center they have ever built is coming to Sevier County. To find out more, click here.

Friday, June 18

The KUB Board of Commissioners has approved a plan to offer fiber internet service to its electric service customers.

Wednesday, June 16

The Tennessee Theatre has announced six Broadway productions coming to Knoxville this year in addition to teasing ahead to the arrival of the global phenomenon ‘Hamilton’ for the 2022-2023 season.

2021-2022 Broadway at the Tennessee Theatre lineup

Tuesday, June 15

401 years after the Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England, another vessel with the same name has set off to retrace the voyage. This Mayflower is fully autonomous and being piloted by artificial intelligence technology. You can follow along with the ship by clicking here.

FOOTBALL IS BACK! Tennessee football returns this fall to a full capacity stadium. Season tickets and 4-game mini packages are on sale now. Find what you need to know and buy tickets at this link.

ROAD CLOSED! Here’s what you need to know about upcoming road closures for the USA Cycling event this weekend, including maps with times and dates. The closures begin Thursday morning when Melton Lake Drive is partially closed. Find out more in this link.

Friday, June 11

LGBTQ nonprofit Knox Pride has announced plans to open a community outreach center in South Knoxville next month. You can find a link to learn more and to donate here.

TN Promise is in need of 9,000 volunteers across the state for college-bound students. Volunteers can be trained and spend just an hour a month in their duties. Find out more and sign-up here.

Knox County is partnering with the TWRA to hold a free fishing day at Concord Park on Saturday, June 12. For more information on the event, click here.

Thursday, June 10

Knox Pride is hosting virtual events throughout the month as part of its Digifest 2021.

Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a non-profit that builds beds for children in need, is planning on building over 7,500 bunks in one day during their ‘Bunks Across America’ event on Saturday at Cokesbury Church on Kingston Pike.

Operation Honor Guard, non-profit that raises money for veteran service organizations to provide military funerals for fallen veterans. On Thursday, June 10, the Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard held a funeral for an unclaimed veteran. To learn more about, Operation Honor Guard, click here.

Tuesday, June 8

The 2021 Annual Don Sproles Memorial Evening “Wine & Shine” will take place on Friday, July 16 to support the Volunteer Ministry Center’s programs to prevent homelessness. It will feature a tasting, the presentation of several premium moonshines through Sugarland’s Distillery, gourmet food, a live band, and a live and silent auction. Tickets are $80 and can be bought here.

Sunday, June 6

The Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging people to make brain health a priority during the month of June, which is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. More information including suggestions about restoring mental wellbeing can be found here.

Friday, June 4

Tennessee’s Certified Peer Recovery Specialist program provides State certification for individuals who provide direct peer-to-peer support services to others who have mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. Visit for more information.

Thursday, June 3

The Ford Tri-Motor Tour is in Knoxville through Sunday, offering passengers a chance to experience aviation from the Roaring ’20s by flying in a 1928 plane considered to be the first luxury airliner. Learn about tickets here.

Tuesdays until June 8, Living East Tennessee and PetSafe will introduce a new dog up for adoption, share a bit about them and give them a make-over, taking them from scruffy to fluffy. To inquire about adoptions, visit the Humane Society TN Valley or call them at (865) 573-9675.

Wednesday, June 2

Zoo Knoxville’s largest annual fundraiser Zoofari is Saturday, June 5. The theme is Zoofari 2021: Havana Nights in honor of the zoo’s new Cuban crocodiles. Virtual tickets are still available and can be purchased at

“Kid A’ riffic: Fun in the Park” will be held Wednesdays in June and July from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a different Knoxville park each week. There will be crafts, games, along with some take-home activities and an outdoor walk-along reading experience. To learn more, click here.

Tuesday, June 1

The Knoxville Man Show is happening this weekend at the Jacobs Building in Chilhowee Park. From a beer garden to a donut cornhole contest and more, you’ll find it this free event on Friday and Saturday. Dozens of employers will be on hand as well. Learn more about the event on the Knoxville Man Show website.

Knox Pride is hosting 2021 Digifest which will consist of live entertainment, music, and performances. Sign up for the virtual experience here.

A Dolly-themed event with specials at local shops is happening in June at the Old City, where visitors are encouraged to “dress up in your Dolly-best” for the weekend celebrating the country music icon. “Dolly Fest,” presented by the Historic Old City Association, is scheduled for June 4-6 benefitting the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

The official Dolly Fest schedule of events has officially been released on

Monday, May 31

More than 6,200 names are etched into the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial in World’s Fair Park. The names of the dead have a direct connection to the region by birth, enlistment, marriage, or burial.

We wish to honor them on this Memorial Day weekend for their service and sacrifice to the United States. Click here to view a page of East Tennessee named sorted by conflict and county.

Friday, May 27

Josh Dobbs Youth Football Camp is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, May 29. To learn how to register, or to learn more about the camps being offered, visit the website.

AAA has created a comprehensive map detailing COVID-19 cases, local travel restrictions, mask requirements and more important travel-related information in America ahead of Memorial Day weekend. Click here to view the map.

Thursday, May 27

Several area farmers markets featuring local produce and crafts have started up or will be beginning soon. Here’s a county-by-county list of our viewing area farmers markets.

Wednesday, May 26

Caribbean Jerk Festival is taking place from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at the performance lawn of World’s Fair Park. Proceeds will benefit Second Harvest of East Tennessee and Ladies of Charity. Learn more here.

Monday, May 24

Dolly Parton is celebrating 225 years of Tennessee statehood with the release of “My Tennessee Mountain Home” video. Watch the video here.

Click here to buy tickets to the Flatwater Tales Virtual Storytelling Festival in Oak Ridge. The festival will be held Saturday, June 5 beginning at 11 a.m.

Knox County Schools have announced its 2021 graduation commencement schedule. In the event of inclement weather, rescheduled ceremonies will take place from June 10 – 12. Find the full list of dates and times for graduations at Knox County Schools at this link.

Saturday, May 22

City Hills Church, 1501 Kirby Road in Knoxville, is hosting a drive-thru food pantry event June 12. Food will be given to the first 50 families and registration is required. To register, donate, ask questions or volunteer, text CHFOODPANTRY to 97000, call 865-235-1855 or email

Friday, May 21

Tennessee First Lady Maria Lee and Volunteer Tennessee have launched a statewide portal for volunteer opportunities statewide. Volunteers can search for their next project and organizers can also list opportunities where volunteers are needed. Just visit this link to find or list volunteer opportunities.

To learn about Pigeon Parade and how to submit your own writing, visit the Pigeon Parade website. There you’ll find information for submitting visual art and poetry. Only submissions from metro Knoxville will be considered for publication at this time.

Thursday, May 20

The Knox County Health Department and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital want to remind parents to keep their children’s vaccinations up to date. The Health Department has information on child immunizations and immunizations your child needs before entering school.

The app Cicada Safari is asking for its users to share photos of the noisy insects. Created by Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, the app verifies photos and posts the location to a live map showing other sightings across the eastern United States.

Wednesday, May 19

Want to find events going on around Knoxville? Check out Visit Knoxville. You can also check out Visit Knoxville and their extensive list of outdoor activities as well.

The 2021 Bike Boat Brew & Bark will be held on Saturday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 900 Volunteer Landing in Downtown Knoxville. The day will be filled with water activities through Knoxville Adventure Collective such as open kayak sessions with instructors, riverwalk tours with Historian Jack Neely and many more.

Click here to see events that require preregistration. Go to for a full schedule of events.

Tuesday, May 18

The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee Senior Service Directory is available online at no cost to anyone who needs it. Click here to access the directory.

Obed Wild & Scenic River and Frozen Head State Park launch ‘Lunch and Learn’ programs on Fridays, starting June 11, through July 16. This program is available to all participants, regardless of what county they reside. This year’s programs will include in-person, ranger-led programs at both Obed Wild and Scenic River and Frozen Head State Park.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. For programs taking place at Obed Wild and Scenic River, please contact the park at 423-346-6294 for additional information.

Pre-registration is required for the programs at Frozen Head State Park. Contact the park at 423-346-3318.

Click here for more information and the full schedule of programs.

Learn about Project GRAD! Project GRAD has partnered with Knox County Schools, the community (and now Knox Education Foundation), for nearly two decades to help increase the graduation rate of students in Knoxville’s center city. Learn more about Project GRAD before Thursday’s fundraiser.

Sunday, May 17

Have a photogenic pet that is purr-fect or doggone cute for a calendar? Now is your chance to enter your pet in the annual Young-Williams Animal Center Pet Calendar Contest. Each vote costs $1 and is considered a donation to Young-Williams Animal Center. Voting ends at 8 p.m. July 31. To vote and to enter your pet visit the Young-Williams Animal Center 2022 Pet Calendar Contest website.

Saturday, May 15

You can purchase tickets for the Knoxville Children’s Theatre’s performance of “12 Angry Jurors” by clicking this link.

Friday, May 14

A complimentary meal for police officers and their families serving Knoxville and Knox County is being held on May 15, 2021, in honor of National Police Officer Memorial Day. For more information on this event, click here

Thursday, May 13

Friday at 4 p.m. is the deadline for Knox County Schools students and families to apply to transfer for virtual learning. For more information including how to apply and how this all developed amid the ongoing pandemic, click here.

Wednesday, May 12

Knox Pride, the organizing body of Knoxville’s annual gay pride parade, is seeking entertainment and content creators to be a part of their upcoming virtual festival. Digifest 2021 will feature live entertainment, music and performances online throughout the month of June.

Those interested in being a part of the virtual festival should submit your information through the form on or contact our Entertainment Committee at Submissions are due by May 15th, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

Tuesday, May 11

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the end of all federally funded pandemic unemployment compensation programs in Tennessee, effective July 3. That includes the $300 payment in unemployment compensation. Here are 6 Things To Know about that change and a full story can be found at this link.

Monday, May 10

Saturday, May 29, marks the 44th running of the Knoxville EXPO. The 10K, 5K, and 1-mile kid’s run is Knoxville’s oldest and most beloved community running event. You can sign up here.

A blood drive to help a Knoxville Police officer is happening at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum. Here’s how to sign up with MEDIC Regional Blood Center:

Also, MEDIC is in an “emergency critical need” of blood donations. Learn more about what blood types are needed and how to donate.

Friday, May 7

The Smoky Mountain Scottish Festival & Games is returning for the 39th year May 15-16 at Maryville College.

Kidde TruSense Smoke and Combination Smoke/Carbon Monoxide alarms with a TRUSENSE logo that were purchased between 2019 and 2020 are being recalled. You can see if your alarm is included and submit your recall claim here.

Broadway shows in New York City are returning this month. If you are planning a trip you can find a schedule and times here.

Thursday, May 6

Commencement ceremonies at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville begin tomorrow. You can find a schedule and a link for more information here.

The Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians’ week-long summer camps are open to both Girl Scouts and non-members. The camps span from June 20 through July 30. Registration has begun at

MAYDAY fundraiser by Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee is underway. Food for Kids is a collaboration between Second Harvest and public schools to identify children at risk of hunger. This program discretely provides healthy, easily-prepared food to children (and siblings at home) weekly, who otherwise would not have access to food over the weekend. Click here for the link to make a donation to Second Harvest.

Wednesday, May 5

Great Smoky Mountains National Park staff are hosting volunteer workdays on trails throughout the park in May and June. Workdays will be held in both Tennessee and North Carolina. The Carolina workdays will be on May 13, May 20, and May 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Tennessee workdays will be on June 10, June 17, and June 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In addition, a special opportunity will be held in North Carolina on June 5 in honor of National Trails Day.

Pre-registration is required as space will be limited, to register contact Trails and Facilities Volunteer Coordinator Adam Monroe at 828-497-1949 or

Tuesday, May 4

Knox County Schools will continue to offer two learning options in the 2021-22 academic year for students in Grades 1-12. Click here to learn more about the schooling options at the KCS Connect website. You can also click here to go directly to the virtual schools application. The deadline to apply for a transfer to a KCS virtual school is 4 p.m. on Friday, May 14, 2021.

Friday, April 30

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host its annual synchronous firefly viewing opportunity at Elkmont Campground beginning Tuesday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 8. You can signup to get in the ticket lottery here. Lottery winners will be notified beginning May 7.

Lowe’s is hosting a National Hiring Day event on May 4. The home improvement store is looking to fill more than 50,000 seasonal, part-time and full-time positions.

Thursday, April 29

The day after a man died following a water rescue at Suttree Landing, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency is reminding boaters to follow these tips to help you stay safe while on the water.

MEDIC Regional Blood Centers have four locations around East Tennessee. You can find the nearest location to you here.

The Museum of Appalachia is hosting its annual Sheep Shearing Day on Saturday, May 1. Demonstrations will be taking place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Event spaces impacted by COVID-19 are looking to bounce back. One way they are getting help is through Small Business Administration grants. Operators of live venues, museums, movie theaters and related-businesses can apply for the ‘shuttered venue operators grant’ here.

Chipotle recently announced plans to give 250,000 burritos to medical professionals across the U.S. as a thank-you for their hard work amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Health care workers can redeem their free burritos by applying online, while supplies last. Further details and terms of Chipotle’s burrito giveaway can be found at

Wednesday, April 28

PBR’s Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Knoxville Invitational will hold events at Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 5 and at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 6.

Tuesday, April 27

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will host its annual synchronous firefly viewing opportunity at Elkmont Campground beginning Tuesday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 8. You can signup to get in the ticket lottery here.

Monday, April 26

A family in Greenback is raising funds for a wheelchair accessible van for their daughter. Learn more about them through the story in this link.

The Knox Housing Assistance Program is a joint Knoxville/Knox County initiative to assist residents with rent and/or utility bills. For more information visit

In celebration of the fifth anniversary endurance event for Pedal for Alzheimer’s, the organization is set to host a VIP endurance charity cycling event, September 13-18, 2021. A team of 24 cyclists will begin the Ride Tennessee event in Nashville and conclude in Knoxville after cycling 500+ miles with over 25,000 feet of elevation.

Covenant Health to host COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Fort Sanders West.

The immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is coming to Nashville. Visit the Van Gogh website at this link, and you can also select other cities where you’d like to visit the exhibit from the dropdown list at the top of the page.

Saturday, April 24

Several agencies across East Tennessee are holding drug take back events. You can find a map of Unwanted Pharmaceutical Take Back sites across the region by clicking HERE.

Friday, April 23

Baby Shark Live! is coming to Knoxville. For tickets and additional information, visit

Thursday, April 22

SCRUFFY TO FLUFFY! Check out Lucy’s makeover and learn how you can give this “pooch perfect” pet a furever home.

Wednesday, April 21

Find all our coverage of fatal officer-involved shooting at Austin-East Magnet High School by clicking this link.

The McNabb Center is offering extra mental health support to any parent or student — they can give them a call at 1-800-255-9711.

Tuesday, April 20

A new online tool from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office aims to bring more accountability to local government finances by allowing elected officials, residents and journalists a simplified look at a county’s finances. Just find your county under the “TAG DASHBOARD” button on this webpage.

The Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) has 858 correctional officer vacancies statewide. Anyone interested in working for TDOC can visit this website to learn more about the positions and the new incentives being offered to help fill those positions.

Monday, April 19

Saturday, April 24 is Prescription Drug Takeback Day. Click this link for an interactive map showing where you can drop off unwanted medications.

Following a year of virtual events, the Dogwood Arts Festival is set to return IN-PERSON to World’s Fair Park April 23 – 25. There is a strict capacity limit. Use this link to reserve a free ticket online prior to the event.

COVID-19 Vaccines are now widely available to all Tennesseans 16+ in all 95 counties across our state. Check COVID-19 vaccine appointment availability at any of the state health departments.

Friday, April 16

Tickets for Chris Blue’s Shoot for the Moon virtual concert from the Bijou Theatre are on sale now. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. April 29.

Thursday, April 15

The Beck Cultural Exchange Center Men of Austin-East are hosting a virtual town hall conversation on racial justice at 4 p.m. Friday. You can attend here.

Knox Pro Soccer, the group bringing a United Soccer League franchise to Knoxville, is selling a limited number of themed t-shirts that will partially benefit two local charities. The shirts cost $27.50 and $5 of each sale will be donated to Centro Hispano. The remaining proceeds will go to the Shora Foundation. The shirts are available now at

Wednesday, April 14

READ the full 2019-20 Safe Schools report by TN Department of Education. . The report is completed each February and the data is from reporting that districts make over the course of the year. It is compiled by the Tennessee Department of Education annually.

Tuesday, April 13

Check out this story what Gov. Bill Lee believes is a priority for schools to spend COVID-19 funds on, and take a look at COVID-19 relief funding by district while you’re there.

Friday, April 9

The Sweetwater Hospital Association will be hosting a drive-thru vaccination clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 10, at Vonore Elementary School. The Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis so no appointment will be necessary.

If possible, please print off the Vaccine Consent Forms and have it filled out to give to the SHA Staff prior to driving through to help speed up the process. Follow the Sweetwater Hospital Association Facebook page for the most up to date information regarding alternate weather plans or delays.

Thursday, April 8

Knoxville is hosting a week of events to coincide with National Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 12-16.

Cheryl Allmon has been selected as the 2021 Remarkable Women winner. Learn about her and our 3 other nominees by clicking this link. Congratulations to all of them, they make our community a better place.

Tuesday, April 6

Tickets for the 2021 National Quartet Convention Spring Break are on sale now.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has partnered with Coursera to offer free access to 4,000 courses that will help them develop the knowledge and skills needed to find meaningful employment. To register, Tennesseans need to create an account with

East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to the public today and tomorrow. You can signup online.

Monday, April 5

Baby Goat Yoga at the Little Ponderosa Zoo coming up on April 10 and April 17. Proceeds will benefit the zoo.

Everything you need to know about the Knox County Health Department vaccine registration change can be found in this link. (We’ve included a direct link to the sign-up page as well!)

Sunday, April 4

The PEER Academy – Heroes Of Hope 5k happens Saturday, April 10. You can register for the event by clicking HERE.

Friday, April 2

Friday marks World Autism Awareness Day. Autism Breakthrough of Knoxville is raising awareness of adults in the autism spectrum. Click here to take the pledge.

To get involved in Child Abuse Prevention activities in Blount County, visit the Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center website. There are several events through the month of April as well as pinwheels to place in your yard for awareness.

Thursday, April 1

Tickets for the Visit Knoxville Sports Commission’s Golden Ticket raffle are $100. You can purchase one here.

Wednesday, March 31

Bonnaroo announces 2021 artist lineup ahead of September return

Tuesday, March 30

Zoo Knoxville hosting adoption fundraiser for new ARC campus

What a view! The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has turned back on the Clingman’s Dome webcam. Take a look (during daylight hours!) at this view by clicking this link.

You can sign up for Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs’ newsletter here.

The Knoxville Police Department has a website to apply with information on the department, testimonials, and online application.

You could win $25,000 worth of Bitcoin or a free burrito if you guess the correct six-digit code beginning Thursday on Chipotle’s Burritos or Bitcoin website.

Friday, March 26

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is using March to crown the best salamander found within the park. The bracket is into the fourth round, narrowing the field down to the final four salamanders. You can vote for your favorite by simply liking the photo of your preferred salamander on this Smokies NPS Facebook post.

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office asks that if anyone has had any contact or may be aware of the location of two missing men, Ryan McKamey and Scott Roberts, to please call the office at 423-562-7446. 

Wednesday, March 24

Beginning Wednesday, March 24, 15 East Tennessee counties will be administering COVID-19 vaccines to all residents aged 16 and older by appointment.

A Tennessee Department of Health spokesperson confirmed that residents aged 16 and older in the following counties will be able to book a vaccine appointment on

Tuesday, March 23

Regal Cinemas are reopening next month before the premier of “Godzilla vs. Kong.” You can find opening dates for each of the companies theaters in our story.

The Dogwood Arts Festival, April 23-25, is free but you need a ticket to enter. You can get tickets online here.

MEDIC Regional Blood Center is taking COVID-19 convalescent plasma donations.

You can check to see if your vehicle has been recalled on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

Monday, March 22

Children’s Hospital offering limited number of COVID-19 vaccines

Saturday, March 20

The deadline to register for Chalk Your Walk is April 2 and you can find the link to register by clicking HERE.

Friday, March 19

A documentary about the creation of 7 murals across the state of Tennessee airs this weekend. “Walls for Women” documentary airs 7 p.m. Saturday. Get your tickets here, and you can catch up on the story with this article about a wall being built in Maryville, and this story, on why the murals were created.

Thursday, March 18

TWRA is accepting public comments for the 2022 of emailed submissions. Comments may be submitted by mail to: Fish Comments, TWRA, Fisheries Management Division, 5107 Edmondson Pike, Nashville, TN 37211, or emailed to Include “Fish Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions.

Comcast is hiring residential service technicians in and around the Knoxville area. Interested candidates can apply online.

Wednesday, March 17

In Tennessee, legislators left decisions about mask mandates to local or county authorities. So, here is a review of which East Tennessee counties have mask mandates, and when they are currently set to expire. Keep in mind that county officials can extend the mandates.

BASKETBALL BRACKET CHALLENGE: Make your picks for each game before the tournament starts for a chance to win.

Registration for the City of Knoxville’s 2021 Neighborhood Conference is now open. The free, virtual event is designed to give participants a better understanding of living and working in the city.

Pal’s Sudden Service is in the running for USA Today’s Best Regional Fast Food reader’s choice poll.

With severe weather moving into the area, now is a good time to download the WATE 6 News and Weather apps.

Tuesday, March 16

You can check for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at locations in this list.

Monday, March 15

Join the WATE Basketball Madness Bracket Challenge.

Friday, March 12

Planning a trip to Dollywood? Heres where you can find ticket prices and hours of operation. Don’t forget that reservations are recommended. (Have fun!)

You can check for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at locations in this list.

Thursday, March 11

It’s been one year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic. Check out a timeline to see how life in East Tennessee has changed since then.

To apply for one of the 150 job openings at Nokian Tyres in Dayton, Tennessee just click this link.

Wednesday, March 10

Website Dr. B is a new tool dedicated to connecting people to COVID-19 vaccine doses that become available unexpectedly and need to be used immediately. You can signup here.

To submit tips to Knoxville Police, you can call 865-215-7212 or 865-215-7000. You can also see specific KPD phone numbers in this link or send a message to the department on Facebook. The police department is located at 800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. in Knoxville.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park staff is hosting three volunteer opportunities this month to prepare for the spring season. Contact Adam Monroe, trails and facilities volunteer coordinator, at 828-497-1949 or for more information and to register.

Tuesday, March 9

Tennessee Connections Academy provides tuition-free K-12 education online to students across the state. Tennessee Connections Academy consists of both a K–8 school and a 9–12 school. Both schools are approved through the Tennessee Public Virtual Schools Act and the Tennessee Department of Education. Click here to learn more about enrollment at Tennessee Connections Academy.

Monday, March 8

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines for those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Including fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing.

The March For Meals event is looking for new volunteers. Want to get involved? Call the Knoxville-Knox County Office On Aging, 865-524-2786, and check out this story.

Registration is now open for Young-Williams Animal Center’s Mardi Growl costume contest. Costume contest entries will be accepted until March 20.

You can apply for jobs at the new Dick’s Sporting Good store at West Town Mall and other stores in the Knoxville area here.

Friday, March 5, 2021

You can donate to vote for the name of Zoo Knoxville’s baby giraffe from now until March 14 here.

Sign-up for the virtual Lucky Kidney Run is now underway through March 14.

Learn more about Visit Knoxville and all the work they do to highlight our city.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

The 32nd annual Ijams River Rescue will take place Saturday, March 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event brings together hundreds volunteers to remove between trash from the Tennessee River’s shorelines and its tributary creeks. In 2020, 500 volunteers removed 12.6 tons of garbage from 32 sites. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Tennessee will move into the next COVID-19 vaccination phase on Monday, March 8. Find out which people are included in this phase on the state’s plan.

Tickets to the Downtown Knoxville Boat Show are now on sale.

You can get livestream tickets for the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Series concerts at

Monday, March 1, 2021

The National Education Association will host a free, family-friending program at the University of Tennessee Gardens on Tuesday, Mar. 2 in celebration of Read Across America Day. The event will begin at 3 p.m.

Visitors will be asked to follow the University of Tennessee Covid-19 guidelines which include wearing a face mask and filling out a visitor health screening form at

Click here for more information

Friday, February 26, 2021

Smokies Hikes for Healing program facilitators developed resources for others to start conversations in their own communities about racism, diversity, and inclusion. These resources can be downloaded at   

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Dogwood Arts application for artists can be found in this link, Art in Public Places.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

You can check availability and signup to get the COVID-19 vaccine at Kroger by visiting

The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has met the requirements for the emergency use authorization review process and will face a public hearing Friday. Here’s what you need to know: You Ask, 6 Answers: What do I need to know about the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine?

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Make an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccination clinic offered by UT Knoxville by clicking this link. Learn more about the clinic in our story: UT hosting public COVID-19 vaccination clinic for eligible recipients.

Monday, February 22, 2021

Click this link to register or buy tickets for the Knoxville Ice Bears Wiener Dog Races for Feb. 27. Registration ends at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 24. Tickets are sold in groups of 2,3 or 4.

The 2021 Maryville Police Department citizen survey is now live. You can take it here.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Hunting and fishing licenses are now for sale in Tennessee. To learn more, visit Go Outdoors Tennessee. If you’re interested in purchasing your license online, visit the TWRA online store.

To submit tips to Knoxville Police, you can call 865-215-7212 or 865-215-7000. You can also see specific KPD phone numbers in this link or send a message to the department on Facebook.

Introduce Girls to Engineering 2021 – Register in this link for the Free Engineering Talks: Introduction to STEM careers at Y-12 NSC. You can also find the news story here.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

To submit tips to Knoxville Police, you can call 865-215-7212 or 865-215-7000. You can also see specific KPD phone numbers in this link or send a message to the department on Facebook. The police department is located at 800 Howard Baker Jr. Ave. in Knoxville.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

To find more about the Newport food distribution for military families, click here. To learn more about the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association click here.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Click this link to find a current list of power outages in Knox County.