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Knox County Schools parents react to federal ruling on masks

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Knox County schools parents have strong opinions for and against masking in schools. This comes after a federal judge ruled Knox County Schools must immediately require all staff and students to wear masks amid a legal battle. One KCS mom said she’s worried her students won’t...
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Federal judge: Knox Co. Schools must implement mask mandate

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - U.S. District Judge J. Ronnie Greer ruled Friday that Knox County Schools must immediately require all staff and students to wear masks amid a legal battle. On September 1 of this year, the Knox County Board of Education voted to not renew the mask policy by...
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Masks required at Knox County Schools beginning Monday

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Knox County Schools will require students, staff and visitors to wear masks beginning Monday. The district says face coverings must be worn indoors or while riding a school bus or shuttle until further notice. The announcement comes after a federal judge issued an injunction in a lawsuit filed by parents of disabled or chronically ill children seeking to enforce a mask mandate in Knox County Schools to “enable these children to have fundamental access to the school building itself.”
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Superintendent Parton announces retirement plans

SEVIERVILLE — Sevier County School System Superintendent Jack Parton is retiring at the end of this semester after more than 40 years in education and having served in his current role since 1988. “It has not been a knee jerk decision. My family and I have talked about it the...
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Free weekend concerts at Secret City Festival

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - You have two chances to catch a free outdoor concert this weekend at the Secret City Festival in Oak Ridge. Country star Jimmie Allen headlines Friday night, while the group All-4-One is the featured group on Saturday night. Gates open at 6:00 p.m., with music starting at 7:00 p.m. and headliners starting around 8:00 p.m. each night. The Secret City Festival canceled its free daytime events because of public health concern over the Tennessee surge in COVID-19 cases.
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Tennessee mourns loss of Justice Cornelia A. Clark

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia A. Clark passed away overnight at the age of 71 after a battle with cancer. Governor Phil Bredesen appointed Justice Clark to the Supreme Court in 2005 and was reelected in 2006 and 2014. She served as Chief Justice from 2010 to 2021.
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New 200-Acre Development Coming to Sevierville TN

A new 200-acre development is coming to Sevierville, featuring entertainment attractions and venues, unique shopping experiences, and delicious restaurants. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians purchased the land in 2019 for $13.5 million and recently released some of its plans for the property. Previously known as Project 407, the development has been renamed The 407: Gateway to Adventure. We’ve gathered all the details we have so far on the groundbreaking of the development project in Sevierville TN.
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Open Letter From Downtown Resident Regarding Homeless Death

This past weekend, I received a text containing a copy of an email sent to, among others, Mayor Kincannon, Councilwoman Gwen McKenzie (6th District Councilperson), Betsy Henderson (6th district school board member), Mayor Jacobs, Becky Wade (Housing and Neighborhood Development, Charles Lomax (Community Empowerment Director), Michael Dunthorn (Homeless Program Director for the city of Knoxville), and Shawn Griffith (Homeless Program Director for the City of Knoxville). By Tuesday evening she had gotten one response, from Charles Lomax, who called her and promised to follow up.
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Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia Clark, 71, dies after battling cancer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia A. Clark, a public servant, educator, community leader and trailblazer passed away overnight Thursday at the age of 71 after a short battle with cancer. Justice Clark was first appointed to the Supreme Court in 2005 by Gov. Phil Bredesen and was reelected in 2006 and 2014. She served as chief justice from 2010 to 2012.
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