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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."

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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.

Ayres Hall graces cover of Princeton Review guide


An iconic building on the University of Tennessee's campus now graces the cover of the Princeton Review.

Princeton Review selected Ayres Hall for its 2015 edition of "The Best 379 Colleges." The book is the most popular college guide o upcoming college students and profiles the country's top colleges based on academics, administration, campus life, and financial aid.

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2 men arrested in drug deal gone wrong near UT campus


Knoxville police arrested two men accused of robbing two people at gunpoint in drug deal near the University of Tennessee campus early Wednesday morning.

The two victims admitted to police that they met up with Joseph Ellison and Kornell Lofton to sell them them marijuana. The victims said when they went outside their apartment on Clinch Avenue to sell the drugs, the suspects pulled a handgun on them and demanded "all their stuff."

Postal van driver hurt when motorist runs red light at downtown intersection


A 32-year-old U.S. Postal Service van driver suffered injuries Tuesday afternoon when a motorist ran a red light at a downtown intersection, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

Marcus Oliver, 32, of Knoxville was being treated at University of Tennessee Medical Center for what were not thought to be life-threatening injuries. Also being treated at UT Medical Center was Melinda Benson, 59, of Seymour, according to KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk. The drivers' extent of injuries was unavailable.

UT to hold fall commencement ceremonies this week


More than 17-hundred UT students will get their degrees this week.

Graduate hooding will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 12, and the undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. Both will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena. 1,747 undergraduate, graduate and law students will don their caps and gowns for the ceremonies..