Scripps ceased publication of the newspaper on October 15, 2014. The News Sentinel, Knoxville’s daily newspaper, also owned by Scripps, launched a free arts and entertainment supplement in its place. Employees were told not to talk to the media or they would not receive severance. In November 2014, a group of Knoxville journalists announced plans for Hard Knox Independent, a new alternative weekly to launch in January 2015 to fill the niche formerly occupied by Metro Pulse.
1 Scripps and Journal Communications will spin-off their respective newspaper divisions and merge them into a new company, Journal Media Group.
2 Scripps will acquire the entire broadcast television division as well as most of the radio division of Journal Communications. The acquisition is still awaiting FCC approval and may not be complete until sometime in 2015.
3 KSAW is a semi-satellite of ABC station KIVI-TV in Boise. However, KIVI and Fox station KNIN-TV are not included in the sale to Scripps. Instead, those stations are being sold to a divestiture trust between Scripps and Jorunal Communications, to be controlled by Kiel Media Group.