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Caribbean medical students start classes in Knoxville

After a hurricane destroyed their campus on the island of Dominica, the students are temporarily relocating to Knoxville to continue their education.

More than 1,000 medical students who started their classes in the Caribbean will finish the school year in Knoxville.

In September, Hurricane Maria destroyed The Ross University' School of Medicine's campus in Dominica. They resumed classes on a cruise ship docked off St. Kitts, but needed a more permanent temporary home.

The school worked out an agreement with Lincoln Memorial University to relocate to facilities owned by LMU in west Knoxville.

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The 1,400 students started classes on Monday.

Knoxville and LMU officials held a welcome ceremony for the students and faculty on Tuesday.

A welcome ceremony for Ross University medical school students and faculty on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. The school is holding classes in Knoxville temporarily after their campus was destroyed by Hurricane Maria.

"We're really really excited to get here, it's much more than we could have hoped for, only four months after the hurricane destroyed our campus, so it's a tremendous opportunity that we're very thankful for," said RUSM student Micah Renicker.

School officials aren't sure when they will be able to return to their campus in the Caribbean.

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