KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — As the November elections approach, more topics are being discussed within education, law enforcement and the tax rate in Knoxville.

Education in Tennessee

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee received backlash after not denouncing Hillsdale College President Dr. Larry Arnn’s comments about calling the state’s teachers “dumb.” However, in his recent interview, he said he does support teachers and wants to focus on the future of Tennessee’s education system.

Lee also adds he wants families to choose the schools and to invest in teachers to be paid more.

Law Enforcement

Knoxville Police Department lieutenant was fired and a captain was suspended after a Black officer stated that racial comments were made in the department.

KPD Chief Paul Noel fired Lt. Michael Earlywine after an internal investigation determined he violated the department’s truthfulness policy and failed to properly report harassment complaints. Captain Don Jones was under suspension by Noel for also failing to follow proper procedure on notifications following a harassment complaint.

Noel is now working to address the community and department issues.

Back to school shopping

Some people will see a tax break for anyone paying for groceries in Tennessee. The food tax is 4 percent, which will save people $20. This starts in the month of August.

The tax-free weekend will start for those shopping for school supplies and resources. This starts July 29-31.

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