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Higher Education Reporter — Knoxville News Sentinel

City hall reporter for @knoxnews, alum of @universityofky. Fan of UK basketball, Reds baseball, alt country and all things outdoors. RTs not endorsements, etc.

Kelly Leiter, former UT dean of communications, dies

knoxnews.com — Barnard Kelly Leiter, former dean of the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee and a one-time reporter for the Chicago Daily News, among other publications, remained a journalist even after his death last week at age 89.

Council to consider expanding panhandling ban

knoxnews.com — Panhandlers seeking spare change could face new restrictions if the Knoxville City Council agrees Tuesday to expand the current ban to include solicitation near homes, businesses and confined pedestrian walkways. "It's an attempt to get some sort of control in place because we've had an increase in recent years," said Rick Emmett, the city's downtown coordinator.

Attorneys in the same-sex marriage cases will appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

knoxnews.com — Attorneys in the same-sex marriage cases in four states, including Tennessee, will begin immediately drafting an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in hopes the justices will take up the case in the current term. Regina Lambert, attorney for Knoxville plaintiffs Val Tanco and Sophy Jesty, said her colleagues in Tennessee and the other states agreed in a conference call Friday to file for appeal.

TN couple disappointed about gay-marriage ruling

knoxnews.com — Attorneys in Tennessee's same-sex marriage case expressed disappointment Thursday in the decision by a federal appeals panel to uphold bans in four states, including here. The decision from the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals breaks ranks with other courts that have struck down anti-gay marriage laws - setting up the prospect of a Supreme Court review.

EPA bill grows in Knoxville College cleanup

knoxnews.com — It has cost the federal government $425,776 so far to clean up the thousands of chemicals abandoned in a vacant science building on the Knoxville College campus. The figure is not final and the federal agency will seek to recover the cost of the three-week June cleanup from the struggling historically black college, said Anita Davis, chief of the Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 Superfund Enforcement Branch in Atlanta.

UT: ‘Concerning development’ in US Ebola case

knoxnews.com — KNOXVILLE - A University of Tennessee doctor called the spread of Ebola to a Dallas nurse "a concerning development" but said it's still unlikely we will see the deadly disease in East Tennessee.

Attorney: Supreme Court could take Tenn. case if 6th Circuit upholds same-sex ban

knoxnews.com — KNOXVILLE - Nashville attorney Bill Harbison, who represents same-sex marriage plaintiffs in Tennessee, said he expects the U.S. Supreme Court to take up their case should the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals becomes the first to uphold a state ban. The U.S.

Top community-college students to be guaranteed UT spots

knoxnews.com — Students who leave one of the state's community colleges with an associate degree and a B-average will now earn guaranteed admission to the University of Tennessee. The new policy, approved by the system's Board of Trustees on Friday, comes on the heels of the state's new Tennessee Promise scholarship program.

Haslam gives $50 million to UT; business college to be named in his honor

knoxnews.com — KNOXVILLE - University of Tennessee trustees will vote this afternoon to rename UT's College of Business after one of the state's most prominent families, following a $50 million gift from Pilot Flying J founder Jim Haslam. The school will become the James A. Haslam II College of Business, making it the first UT college with a namesake.

Historic Knoxville College buildings facing uncertainty

knoxnews.com — The city, last month, demolished a condemned house owned by Knoxville College at a cost of $6,111. The school owns three other blighted properties nearby, one of which has been on the city's demolition list for six years.
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Nov 25, 2014

RT @KyleTucker_CJ: .@MrJoshHopkins is the celebrity Y. Also, Cats lead by 39, 15:56 to go. If you need me, I'm writing a football story.

Nov 25, 2014

Councilman Dan Brown just gave a statement on Ferguson at the meeting, calling it a "watershed moment" for civil rights.

Nov 24, 2014

RJ Duncan, UT student trustee, resigned from the governing board Friday. SGA will be selecting three new nominees; Gov will appoint one.

Nov 24, 2014

RT @KNSWatchfulEye: KPD seized iPhone, laptop computer, condom, pot grinder, sheet, pillow case, comforter, blanket from AJ Johnson's apt. in rape probe

Nov 20, 2014

Crews are about to cut down the Norwegian Spruce that will serve as the state Capitol Christmas tree pic.twitter.com/4CqHNs5GgG

Nov 20, 2014

What do you mean Serial is taking a week of?! There's no holidays in podcasts!

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