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First students move into UT's 'Sorority Village'

First students move into UT's 'Sorority Village'

UT's Sorority Village recently received its first residents.

While the idea of creating a housing complex for sororities has been discussed for years on the UT campus, officials just broke ground on it May 2011.

Alpha Chi Omega moved into the village Friday, with Delta Zeta following their lead Monday. When the Sorority Village project is complete, UT expects it to house 13 sororities and an administration building.

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tnAchieves now accepting applicants, mentors for upcoming year

tnAchieves now accepting applicants, mentors for upcoming year

As many high school seniors begin to prepare for college, one local scholarship program is gearing up for a higher number of applicants this year.

"tnAchieves" provides assistance to public school students who continue their education at a community college. In East Tennessee, those schools include Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College, and Walter State Community college.

The "last dollar" scholarship provides funds to cover whatever tuition costs remain after financial aid and other scholarships.

Tupelo Honey to host scavenger hunt

Tupelo Honey to host scavenger hunt

To build excitement for its grand opening this fall, a restaurant new to Knoxville will kick off a scavenger hunt on Facebook starting next week.

Tupelo Honey Cafe, a well-known restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina, will open a new location on Market Square in October.

Starting on Monday, the restaurant will post a series of clues about a much-loved Tennessee location on its Facebook page. For the first seven weeks of the contest, the first person to guess the correct location will win a $100 giftcard.

Tyson House & Ayres Hall added to historic list

Tyson House & Ayres Hall added to historic list

Two of Knoxville's most well-known buildings have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Ayers Hall and the Tyson House are now among 113 other properties in Knoxville on the list.

Ayres Hall is named after Brown Ayers, UT's 12th president who served from 1904 until 1919.

In 2008, the building closed for a $23 million renovation project. It reopened back in 2010.

The Tyson House on UT's campus was also added to the registry.

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Square dancing caller keeps the fun moving Downtown

Square dancing caller keeps the fun moving Downtown

Square dancing requires at least eight people to dance and one person to call.

A professional caller keeps the crowd moving and smiling.

Square Dance Caller Bill Fox said, "Square dancing is just something that's a lot of fun and it doesn't cost you an arm and a leg."

They keep their arms and their legs and their feet moving at the Square Dance Center in downtown Knoxville.

Jean Gibson started dancing almost 20 years ago.

"I was a single parent. I got out of the house and started square dancing and I've square danced ever since," she said.

UT breaks fundraising record

UT breaks fundraising record

2011-2012 was a record-breaking fundraising year for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, the university announced Monday.

UT reports that more than 32,700 alumni and friends of the university gave more than $104.7 million. That's an increase of $7.6 million over the 2010-2011 fundraising year.

Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said in a press release that strong private support is vital to UT's efforts to become a Top 25 public research university.

Gay Street improvements expand beyond 100 block

Gay Street improvements expand beyond 100 block

With many ongoing improvements to Downtown Knoxville, Market Square and the 100 block of Gay Street have been a primary focus.

Now, plans are in place to attract more people to a lesser known section of the downtown area.

Mer Mer's Bakery sits just beyond the I-40 overpass, on the 600 block of North Gay Street. City officials have now extended beautification efforts to that end of the street.

"Hopefully it will draw more customers and interest on our side!" said Caroline Lawson, who works in the bakery.

She says improvement is already visible.