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KNOXVILLE — Due to an unanticipated power outage, the University of Tennessee has closed its Andy Holt Apartment Residence Hall for Monday evening, effective 6:30 p.m., Monday.

Students are being provided alternative arrangements at the Thompson-Boling Assembly Center& Arena. Affected students are being asked to retrieve personal items needed to spend the night at the arena as soon as possible. UT Police will be available to escort students at the residence hall throughout the evening.

The Apartment Residence Hall, Tennessee Recreation Center for Students (T-RECS), offices for Facilities Services and the Volunteer Boulevard Parking Garage have been without power since 9:30 a.m. Monday. All building fire alarm systems are also disabled due to the power outage.

Facilities services personnel are testing various possibilities related to the outage that occurred on a university-maintained circuit.

“Due to growing concerns about the cold weather and an uncertainty about making the repairs, we’ve decided to provide an alternative facility for this evening,” Jeff Maples, senior associate vice chancellor for finance and administration.

Students will be accommodated in separate quarters for men and women with temporary beds, bedding and shower facilities. The university will provide breakfast. Approximately 1,000 students occupy the residence hall.

UT Police will be providing 24-hour security at both Andy Holt Apartments and the arena.

“We apologize for the inconvenience this has caused our students,” Maples said. “We are working through the night to restore power.”

Students needing special assistance should contact UT Police at 865-974-3114.

Contact: Karen Collins (865-216-6862)

Beth Gladden (865-771-1284)