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KFD earns HAZMAT certification unique in Tennessee


(WBIR - Knoxville) The Knoxville Fire Department received an award at the city council meeting Thursday night for its HAZMAT capabilities.

The Tennesseee Emergency Management Agency presented KFD Chief Stan Sharp the award, which recognizes the department achieving the highest level of HAZMAT certification. The Knoxville Fire Department is the only fire department in Tennessee to earn that certification.

Chief Sharp credited the entire department for the years of work they put in to receive the certification.

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Cumberland Ave. redesign project delayed again


Plans to redesign Cumberland Avenue are delayed once again.

City of Knoxville officials announced Wednesday they will be putting the contract up for bid once again. Only one company submitted a bid to perform the work, and at $25 million dollars, it was well over the city's projected $11 million dollar budget.

The project will be put up for bid early next year, and the projected date to start construction will push back from early 2015 to summer 2015.

KPD: Man driving through Knoxville carjacked, beat up by suspects


(WBIR) Knoxville police are looking for two people who beat up a man driving through town overnight and stole his rental car.

A 56-year-old South Carolina man said a man and a woman jumped into his car shortly after he exited I-40W around Western Avenue early Tuesday morning. He told KPD the suspects threatened to kill him, then drove him to an apartment and beat him up.

DA to take over case of UT football players accused of rape


(WBIR) The Knoxville Police Department has finished its investigation into two University of Tennessee football players accused of rape.

SEE: Report: Victim accuses Johnson, Williams of forcible rape

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Rogero honored for climate change efforts


Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero received national recognition Wednesday for helping address climate change issues in East Tennessee.

The U.S. Department of Energy organized the "Opportunities in Energy" conference Wednesday on the University of Tennessee's campus.

The White House recently selected Knoxville as one in 16 "Climate Action Champions."

Zaxby's on the Strip temporarily closed after small fire


A fast food restaurant on the Cumberland Avenue Strip was forced to close Wednesday after a small fire in the kitchen.

The Knoxville Fire Department was called to the Zaxby's just after 2:30 pm. When they arrived, the manager was already evacuating customers and employees and the building was filled with light smoke.

A hood vent over the cooking area had caught fire, and firefighters were quickly able to extinguish the flames.

No one was hurt.

Group to study whether to save or scrap Civic Auditorum


The City of Knoxville is continuing its efforts to determine the future of the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum (KCAC).

City leaders have contracted with Convention, Leisure, and Sports International to conduct a market and feasibility study of the aging structure, which is home to the Knoxville Ice Bears hockey team and a number of concerts and events.