Empty spaces eerie and enamoring in East Tennessee

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Reporter’s note: see gallery of dozens of empty spaces in East Tennessee embedded at the bottom of the article.

The sight of the empty University of Tennessee campus is visually jarring to anyone accustomed to the bustle of a normal April in Knoxville.  But this is no normal April.

As people stay home to fight the spread of the coronavirus, there are no students crowding the steep steps of the Hill or funneling onto the pedestrian bridges around campus. You see no one struggling to open the heavy doors at Hodges library.  There are no cars circling in search of a parking space.

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