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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: https://tndonor.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/74324

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 www.GirlScoutCSA.org.

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 adam_monroe@nps.gov.

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 Chipotle.com/HealthCareHeroes.

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 knoxhousingassistance.org.

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 babysharklive.com.

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 knoxprosoccer.com/merch/

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 Jobs4TN.gov.

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 Vaccinate.tn.gov.

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 FishingReg.Comments@tn.gov. 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 adam_monroe@nps.gov 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 knoxvillesymphony.com/concert/symphonic-split/.

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 visitorscreen.utk.edu.

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 www.smokieshikesforhealing.org.   

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 kroger.com/covidvaccine.

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.

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