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Blount Mansion's new look unveiled

Blount Mansion's new look unveiled

The city of Knoxville unveiled Blount Mansion's new look Monday.

It now has a classic steel ornamental fence around the property, and even before crews installed the new fence, they cleaned up the area.

Last summer, the city brought in goats to chew and remove nearby kudzu.

The Blount Mansion associate president says the new fence was much-needed.

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New hotel may move into Downtown

New hotel may move into Downtown

Downtown Knoxville may soon be home to a new hotel.

Atlanta-based Paramount Hospitality Management plans to transform the long-time vacant former News Sentinel property. It sits at the corner of State Street and Church Avenue.

Paramount President Nick Lakha says he plans to build an 11-story Residence Inn by Mariott there.

The $17 million hotel will have 120 suite-style rooms. The building will have a three-story parking garage incorporated into it with the ground level on the same level as the hotel lobby.

Thousands of UT students move into residence halls

Thousands of UT students move into residence halls

It's a process University of Tennessee administrators describe as "organized chaos."

Five thousand UT students, mostly freshman who will live on campus this school year, moved into the residence halls Saturday.

Faculty and staff members were on hand to welcome the students, and 300 volunteers from the community helped families move their students into their rooms.

"It's a tremendous amount of effort to get all these people in here in an organized way," said Chancellor Jimmy Cheek.

The Rock will be back on campus in time for fall classes

The Rock will be back on campus in time for fall classes

UT officials say the most "painted" icon on campus should be back in time for the start of classes next week.

The Rock is currently fenced off with the message brb (be right back) painted on it.

Officials said they had to block the icon for safety reasons, while crews worked on nearby sidewalks and the university's new music center.

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Construction will affect traffic, parking at UT

Construction will affect traffic, parking at UT

University of Tennessee students and faculty will begin their fall semester in just a few days, followed soon by the Volunteer football season. This year, large construction projects will change the way many get through campus.

Madison Nolen is returning to UT as a senior this year, and her younger sister, Makenzie, will be starting as a freshmen. The two toured campus Thursday to map out their walk to class, and learn about the road changes.

Chamber holds brainstorm session on Downtown improvement

Chamber holds brainstorm session on Downtown improvement

A handful of representatives from Downtown gathered to cast a vision for the future of the area.

Both residents and business owners alike attended a meeting at the Knoxville Chamber Thursday evening. They brainstormed ways to work together to improve the Downtown area.

With many businesses moving Downtown like Tupelo Honey Cafe, leaders say it's time to come together to help Market Square and the Old City move forward.

UT's incoming freshmen posted high marks in high school

UT's incoming freshmen posted high marks in high school

The Class of 2016 will enter UT as one of the school's most competitive classes ever.

Forty-four percent of the class will enter UT with a grade point average of 4.0 or higher from high school, according to campus administration. It also said incoming freshmen are coming into UT with an average ACT score of 27 and a GPA of 3.89. In 1994, incoming freshmen averaged a high school GPA of 3.16.