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Campus empty at historically black Knoxville College for first time

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For the first time in Knoxville College's 140-year history, there are no students on its campus for the fall semester.

School officials made the decision in April to close for a year so leadership can plan a way forward for the struggling college.

The News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1UvmjfI ) buildings are shuttered, except for the library, where volunteers have been cleaning and sifting through books in hopes students will return next year.

College leaders informed the state in March the school planned to halt classes to reorganize the administration and focus on fundraising.

The historically black college had only 11 students in last year's spring semester. It faces millions of dollars of debt and has shuttered buildings on its 39-acre campus.