Brandon Hollingsworth

News Director

Brandon is WUOT’s news director. In that role, he oversees the station's daily news operations and special projects. He also hosts Dialogue and produces the biweekly series HealthConnections. For nine years (2010-2019) he was WUOT's local All Things Considered host. From 2008 to 2010, he hosted Morning Edition on Alabama Public Radio. For two years before that he served as an APR bureau correspondent and Morning Edition anchor at WLJS-FM in Jacksonville, Ala.

Brandon's work has been heard nationally on the flagship NPR newsmagazines Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as the network's newscast service. He has contributed to NPR's midday newsmagazine, Here and Now, and his work has aired on West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Inside Appalachia.

Brandon is a 2008 graduate of Jacksonville State University, and holds a B.A. in communications. He is a native of St. Clair County, Alabama. He and his husband live in Knoxville.

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KCHD will increase public focus on active COVID cases

The Knox County Health Department’s website is updated daily to reflect available information about COVID-19 cases. Beginning immediately, the department will emphasize new cases, not cumulative case totals.

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

At the end of this week, Knoxville and Knox County businesses and churches shuttered under “safer at home” orders will begin to reopen in earnest. But life, local leaders stressed, will not be like it was before.

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Lee says details forthcoming on re-opening plan

Today, Governor Bill Lee is expected to detail his vision for re-opening closed businesses across the states, while paying mind to the physical distancing guidelines necessary to prevent a massive rise in COVID-19 cases.

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Weekend COVID testing updates

Knox County’s health department and the city of Knoxville will offer drive-through and walk-up COVID tests at the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum parking garage Saturday, April 25.

Testing is slated for 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or until necessary testing supplies run out. Appointments are not required. Photo ID should be brought along, if available.

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The city of Chattanooga reversed course last week, allowing church services to take place via radio or other remote means in place of in-person services that have been discouraged under stay-home orders. The decison came after a church sued the city, saying the original restrictions infringed on the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom to observe one's religion.

Mike Donila, Knox County Government

The leaders of East Tennessee cities and counties say they will unveil formal plans for getting economic activity going in coming days. The phased approach may begin as early as next week and ramp up through May.

Standing several feet apart, the mayors of seven Tennessee counties, Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon, and Farragut Mayor Ron Williams gave a general sketch of regional thinking as the Knoxville metro area prepares to slowly re-enter economic activity.

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KCHD: No drive-through testing today

The Knox County Health Department says high demand for its drive-through COVID-19 testing service was greater than anticipated, and a wave of people Monday and Tuesday forced the department to curtail testing for the rest of this week.

Wednesday’s drive-through testing was cancelled, and appointments will be required for tests given Thursday and Friday. Appointments can be made by calling (865) 215-5555 or (888) 288-6022.

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Lee won’t extend “Safer at Home,” plans for phased re-opening of businesses

Gov. Bill Lee on Monday confirmed what had been hinted in his briefings last week: April 30 will be the end of his “safer at home” order.

A press release from Lee’s office said a “vast majority of businesses” in 89 Tennessee counties will be allowed to re-open on Friday, May 1, but some businesses could begin re-opening as early as April 27.

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Jacobs orders county workers furloughed

An as-yet unknown number of Knox County employees will be furloughed beginning May 9 as the county grapples with an anticipated plunge in tax revenues.

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs made the announcement Friday afternoon. A press release said the furlough plan will affect every fee office and every office within the executive branch.