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UT investigating sexual harassment claim after student gets zero on quiz — University of Tennessee officials are investigating a claim of sexual harassment after reports surfaced online that a student received a zero on a geology quiz for answering a question about his lab instructor's name with that of a semi-famous lingerie model.

Zoo Knoxville gazelle dies from injuries after escape — KNOXVILLE - The 11-year-old male gazelle that broke out of its enclosure at Zoo Knoxville early this week has died from a follow-up surgery to repair a broken jaw suffered during the escape. Fodder, who was born in Knoxville, was found in his stall Friday morning by zookeepers and apparently died sometime overnight, said zoo spokeswoman Tina Rolen.

University of Tennessee investigating law professor’s tweet on Charlotte demonstrators

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Tennessee sees slight ACT improvement — Tennessee students increased their average ACT scores by a tenth of a point this year to 19.9 out of 36, but only a fifth of those who took the test were deemed ready for college in all four subject areas. Knox County Schools saw a slight decrease this year, to a 20.5, with 24 percent of students hitting college-ready scores.

Tennessee attorney general: Contracts with traffic camera vendors OK — The Tennessee attorney general has ruled cities can use photo-enforcement companies to issue traffic citations, clarifying an earlier opinion. Herbert Slatery, in his opinion Monday, said the state's statute that requires a certified police officer determine whether laws were broken does not mean that others cannot examine video images.

Replacement for Rep. Armstrong sought after felony conviction — A felony conviction Monday for state Rep. Joe Armstrong has left state and local Democratic leaders searching for a candidate to replace him on the ballot in the November election. Armstrong, who was convicted of filing a false income tax return, ran unopposed in his primary election last week and faced perennial candidate Pete Drew in the general election.

Tenn. couple in same-sex ruling quietly celebrates — By Megan Boehnke of the Knoxville News Sentinel No one recognizes Valeria Tanco anymore. No one recognizes her wife, either. A year after the Knoxville couple won a landmark case at the U.S. Supreme Court, when the justices ruled 5-4 that Tennessee and every other state must respect their marriage, the veterinarians now live in coastal South Carolina.

Ruling brought major changes for same-sex couples, weddings — KNOXVILLE - The blood tests had come back abnormal, and the doctors wanted to follow up with an MRI. So, Jon Coffee sat in a hospital waiting room in October, filling out paperwork. Emergency Contact: "Keith Swafford," he wrote. Relationship: "Husband."

Knoxville couple in same-sex ruling quietly celebrates year later — Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the high court's decision legalizing gay marriage across the United States. No one recognizes Valeria Tanco anymore. No one recognizes her wife, either. A year to the day after the Knoxville couple won a landmark case at the U.S.
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Oct 21, 2016

Folks have some opinions about this election -- or just want it to be over. Record early voting:  via @knoxnews

Oct 20, 2016

Rick Dover, who won the RFP for South High, proposes senior facility.  via @knoxnews

Oct 20, 2016

RT @philkaplan: Looking for a talented digital journalist to work for me at Knoxville News Sentinel. Men's basketball is main beat.

Oct 19, 2016

RT @tamburintweets: 30 Tennessee high schools getting specially trained college advisers. Or what @TNHigherEd was up to today.

Oct 18, 2016

RT @TennesseeBeat: Photos from feasibility study for future renovations to Neyland Stadium.

Oct 14, 2016

Keep following @tyler_whetstone for updates on day 2 of the @UTSystemNews trustees mtg, including an appearance from @BillHaslam.

Oct 14, 2016

.@tyler_whetstone has the latest from UT trustees mtg. Trustees to vote on Neyland Stadium upgrades  via @knoxnews

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