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North Knoxville Business & Professional Association is planning a virtual meeting this month. It’s “bring your own bacon” and join the group on Facebook at 8 a.m. Friday, April 10. Speakers will discuss the $2 trillion economic stimulus package recently approved by Congress. The club’s bowling tournament has been postponed and will be rescheduled. Info:

RCN Technologies has launched four all-in-one crisis solution kits that provide remote, reliable and secure networks. RCN is loaning out Cellular LTE routers to several entities that need emergency connectivity, all with free support from RCN Tech Lab.

Two days of scrap metal compilation at Dutchtown Convenience Center. (Photo by Knox County)

Knox County convenience centers are seeing heavier than usual volume as people eat take-out and do spring cleaning. The county’s seven trash and recycling centers operate 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Knoxville YMCA is offering Emergency Childcare Camps for essential personnel, including healthcare workers and first responders. Info and registration here.

Knox County will pay for COVID-19 testing for some uninsured residents through the health department. Only those  with symptoms will be tested. To qualify, those without insurance must first call the health department at 865-215-5555. KCHD staff will assess residents over the phone to determine testing options. Walk-in testing is not available.

Knox County Schools will be closed through Friday, April 24.

All areas of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, excluding the Foothills Parkway and the Spur, are closed through Monday, April 6. This includes trail and road closures. Details are here.

STAR, the Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding (which uses horses to help those with special needs connect with the world) is having an online auction through 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, to help cover expenses. Donations are also welcome at 865-988-4611 or 11800 Highway 11E, Lenoir City, TN 37772.

The United Veterans Council of East Tennessee has canceled its April veterans’ breakfasts. That includes First Saturday at Elks Lodge #160, 5600 Lonas Drive, Knoxville; Second Saturday at Pathways Church, 6514 Chapman Highway, Knoxville; Third Saturday at the Community Center, 1708 W. Emory Road, Powell; Last Saturday at Oliver Springs DAV Tri-County Chapter 26, 530 Kingston Ave., Oliver Springs; and VFW Post 5154, 2561 Hobbs Road, Louisville.

YWCA Advocates are available in Anderson, Blount, Knox, Loudon, Roane and Sevier counties to serve victims of domestic violence. Safety planning, danger assessment, orders of protection, housing and other resources are still available. Call 865-523-6126.

KUB will suspend customer disconnections for nonpayment until further notice. The utility said that even though services won’t be disconnected, bills would continue to accrue. Call 865-524-2911 or visit to learn more about payment options and assistance.

Health Department Hotline: 865-215-5555

These lists will be updated as information becomes available:

New dates

June 13 – Farragut Health & Wellness Expo.

July 30 – Marc Broussard at the Bijou.

Aug 6 – Brian Regan at the Tennessee Theatre.

Aug. 13 – Jon Meacham lecture at the Bijou Theatre.

Aug. 23 – John Moreland at the Bijou.

Sept. 3 – Lynyrd Skynyrd with Travis Tritt at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Sept. 11-12 – Nine Lakes Wine Festival at Melton Lake Park in Oak Ridge.

Sept. 24-27 – Bonnaroo in Manchester, Tenn.

Sept. 27 – TobyMac at the Tennessee Theatre.

Sept. 28 – The Allman Betts Band at the Bijou.

Nov. 14-15 – Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon and related events.

Nov. 19 – Sam Bush concert at the Bijou Theatre.


Bijou Theatre

Church Street UMC – all on-site gatherings, including worship services

The Community Center at 1708 W. Emory Road in Powell (through Sunday, April 19)

The Daily Living Center

The Emporium Center

First Baptist Church of Knoxville; worship services via online streaming and broadcast only

Flying Anvil Theatre

John T. O’Connor Senior Center

Jubilee Community Arts: concerts and all events at the Laurel Theater

Knox County Public Library

Knox County senior centers

Knoxville Museum of Art

Middlebrook Pike UMC

The Muse at West Town Mall

Tennessee Theatre (through April 6)

WDVX live events

Zoo Knoxville

Adhering to Knox County Schools’ closing policies

First United Methodist Church.


May 9 – Vestival at Candoro Marble

Through May 11 – All Dogwood Arts events

May 16 – Knoxville Gay Men’s Chorus at the Bijou Theatre

Betsy Pickle, a veteran entertainment, features and news reporter, initially compiled this list.

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