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 will 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.