University of Tennessee

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

The roughly 4700 University of Tennessee students moving into their first college dorms this weekend will represent one of the largest and smartest freshman classes in recent history.

University of Tennessee officials say the total number of incoming freshmen is the highest it’s been in 30 years. 

Chancellor Jimmy Cheek says a big reason for the increase in freshmen is the school’s push to graduate students on time.  In the last four years, UT’s six-year graduate rate has increased from 60 percent to 67.5 percent. 

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 Researchers at the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory say they’re moving closer to the development of a drug that can be taken to limit the effects of a chemical gas attack.

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

The Cumberland Avenue overhaul project is about to make that all-important transition from discussion to construction.

Knoxville city officials say work on the stretch of road known locally as “the Strip” could begin by the first of June.  The Strip runs along the northern edge of the University of Tennessee campus between 16th Street and 22nd Street. 

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

You may not remember what you were doing on the evening of February 3, 2013.  But Andrew Wilhelm does.

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

As Holiday shopping seasons go, this has been a strange one.

For starters, Thanksgiving came six days later this year than last.  “That’s significant,” says Ann Fairhurst, a retail professor and head of the Department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management at the University of Tennessee.  “That’s six fewer days that the retailers have to capture those dollars and so they’re really pushing promotions all the way to Christmas.”

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

The University of Tennessee announced today it will raise the starting minimum wage for its workers by $.50 per hour in January, with another $.50 raise to follow six months later. 

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

In 2010, then-Governor Phil Bredesen of Tennessee challenged the University of Tennessee with the goal of becoming a Top 25 public research university by the year 2020.  Since then, UT-Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy Cheek has engaged in a relentless public campaign to make that happen. 

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The University of Tennessee Foundation has fired Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President Bruce Downsbrough following his arrest Tuesday on child pornography charges.  A federal indictment claims Downsbrough downloaded child pornography on three separate occasions between 2008 and 2012.  In the indictment, agents also claim a raid on Downsbrough's home yielded more illegal videos and images.

Graham Hickling

Researchers at the University of Tennessee's Center for Wildlife Health say Tennessee is becoming a sort of "meeting place" for different varieties of ticks, a tangible result of a changing climate.  Each new species of tick brings its own bacteria and viruses, complicating the task of diagnosing and treating tick-borne illnesses.  The Center's Dr.

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

The Tennessee State Building Commission has approved a proposal from the University of Tennessee that would allow UT to purchase three homes in the Fort Sanders neighborhood and demolish them if necessary.  In a press release, university officials say they're hoping to build a new four-to-five story classroom building in the space currently occupied by three Queen Anne-style homes.  The 200,000 square foot building will eventually feature general-purpose classrooms, shared laboratories and house facilities related to the university's microbiology, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biolo

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