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Federal judge acquits Tennessee professor with ties to China

Sep. 10, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

A federal judge on Thursday threw out all charges against a University of Tennessee professor accused of hiding his relationship with a Chinese university while receiving research grants from NASA. Anming Hu was arrested in February 2020 and...

University of Tennessee system extends COVID mask mandate

Sep. 07, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee system has extended a mask requirement at its campuses amid the state’s continued spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations due to the delta variant. University spokesperson Jennifer Lynn Sicking said Tuesday the...

UT extends mask edict as virus cases, hospitalizations rise

Aug. 23, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee on Monday announced that it will extend its mask mandate to all indoor public spaces due to the ongoing spike in coronavirus cases and increasing hospitalizations. UT had been under a temporary mask mandate that only...

Farm gift pledge to UT-Martin worth a system record $79.5M

Aug. 23, 2021 05:01 AM EDT

MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — University officials say a former equestrian Olympic gold medalist’s commitment to donate her family farm to the University of Tennessee at Martin after her death is valued at a record-breaking $79.5 million. A news release Friday from the Martin...

UT to conduct vaccination outreach in 6 rural counties

Aug. 10, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee's nursing school has received a grant to conduct COVID-19 vaccination outreach in six rural counties in the state. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Nursing said Monday it has received more...

Tennessee health chief: No signs COVID resurgence is slowing

Aug. 02, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s top health official said Monday that the state sees no signs that the resurgence of COVID-19 is slowing, though she saw hope in a recent bump in vaccinations. Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey's comments coincided with announcements...

University of Tennessee biologists await corpse flower bloom

Jul. 22, 2021 10:05 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The public is invited to come see, and smell, the rare blooming of a corpse flower at the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Hesler Biology Building. The school has had the plant, nicknamed Rotty Top, for more than two decades, but this will...

Zinc mining accident in Tennessee kills 1 worker, injures 2

Jul. 14, 2021 08:15 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — One worker was killed and two others were injured in an accident at an underground zinc mine in Tennessee, authorities said. The accident occurred Tuesday at Nyrstar’s Immel Mine in Knox County, news media outlets reported. The two injured...

Dog trainer given 1-year of probation after dog starved

Jul. 10, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee dog trainer was sentenced to a year's probation on Friday after pleading guilty to aggravated animal abuse in the starvation death of an animal in his care, the Johnson City Press reported. In court on Friday, Andrew Hunigan...

Police: 6-year-old dies after accidentally shooting self

Jul. 05, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 6-year-old Tennessee boy has died from a gunshot wound, police said. Knoxville officers responded to Sunday evening to a residence and found the boy wounded, news outlets reported, citing a statement from police. He was taken to the University...