Statement from Knoxville-area hospitals in support of wearing masks and other measures to curb spread of COVID-19

The statement below is from Knoxville-area healthcare organizations Covenant Health, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Tennova Healthcare and University of Tennessee Medical Center: We support the decision made by the Knox County Board of Health regarding the required wearing of masks in public places where social distancing is difficult. We agree with ongoing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and … Read More

Pilot Company kicks off round-up campaign to support veterans, respond to national coin shortage

In celebration of Independence Day, Pilot Company is raising funds through an in-store round-up campaign for the Call of Duty Endowment, an organization dedicated to helping veterans. Now through July 13, guests visiting Pilot Company stores throughout the U.S., including participating Pilot and Flying J travel centers and One9 Fuel Network stores, can opt to round-up their purchases to the … Read More

Pilot Flying J’s annual Road Warrior contest for professional drivers returns with weekly sweepstakes and $10,000 grand prize

Pilot Flying J today announced the kickoff of its seventh annual Road Warrior contest to recognize professional truck drivers for their dedication to keeping our country going. From June 22 – July 20, 2020, anyone can nominate a professional driver into the Road Warrior contest for the chance to be named the 2020 Road Warrior and receive the grand prize … Read More

Tennessee Theatre blade ornament is back

The Tennessee Theatre has released a new glass-blown ornament, an updated replica of the theatre’s iconic vertical sign. Depicting the “Tennessee” blade, the keepsake ornament is available for purchase at and at the May 27 pop-up shop at the theatre. Proceeds from the ornament sale will benefit the Tennessee Theatre during its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When … Read More

BlueCross waives primary, behavioral care costs for Medicare Advantage members

Tennessee seniors will benefit from change for doctor’s office, telehealth visits with in-network providers BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will waive Medicare Advantage member costs for doctor’s office and virtual visits to in-network primary care and behavioral health care providers from May 19 through September 30, 2020. “Many Tennessee seniors may have been following safety protocols and postponing health care visits … Read More

Cherokee Distributing Company and Food City donate to Chattanooga tornado relief

Cherokee Distributing Company and Food City have teamed up to provide relief to those affected by the tornadoes that struck the Chattanooga area on Easter Sunday with a joint donation of $10,000 to The Salvation Army of Greater Chattanooga. “Natural disasters can change people’s lives overnight,” said John Papas, general manager of Cherokee Distributing Company Chattanooga operations. “East Tennessee always … Read More

Pilot Flying J reveals new trends in summer travel plans, reimagines the road trip in celebration of National Road Trip Day

New study finds restless, quarantined Americans are planning more trips once travel is deemed safe With several stay-at-home orders still in effect, new research from Pilot Flying J suggests that many Americans are inspired to travel more this summer once they feel safe from COVID-19 exposure – with 65% reporting an increase in the number of trips they plan to … Read More

BlueCross making in-network telehealth services permanent

Insurer will continue covering primary care, specialty care and behavioral health care virtual visits with in-network providers BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee members will have easier access to health care services moving forward as the state’s largest insurer makes permanent its coverage of virtual visits with in-network providers effective immediately. The BlueCross decision makes it the first major insurer to embrace … Read More

Covenant Health continues mask-donation campaign

“10,000 Masks in 10 days for 10 hospitals” Covenant Health is conducting a community-wide campaign to collect 10,000 masks in 10 days for use at the health system’s 10 East Tennessee hospitals. While some people may be hesitant to seek treatment at a hospital or medical office at this time, medical care should not be delayed or avoided. As a … Read More

Pilot Company donates to support East Tennessee, professional drivers during COVID-19 pandemic

Pilot Company announced today that it is donating $225,000 to East Tennessee nonprofit organizations in response to immediate community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will be used to provide direct support and essential resources to community members, professional drivers and frontline workers most in need of financial relief and necessities such as food and childcare, through the organizations … Read More