Teen charged for fight and stabbing in neighborhood by UT campus

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville police say a teen is facing charges for a bar fight on the Cumberland Avenue strip that led to a stabbing early Friday morning in Fort Sanders.

Police responded to a call about a fight and stabbing at 4:46 a.m. in the alley of the 1800 block of Highland Avenue.

Jeff Olmsted, 23, of Lenoir City was stabbed multiple times and taken to UT Medical Center for treatment. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Knoxville police took a former University of Tennessee employee, Eli Rogers, 18, of Knoxville, into custody near the scene.

UT police caught a second suspect near the intersection of 21st Street and Highland Avenue. He was questioned and released without being charged.

Investigators believe Rogers and Olmsted got into an altercation in a bar and it carried over to a Fort Sanders residence and then the alley where the stabbing happened. The men had been drinking, police say.

Rogers is charged with one count of aggravated assault.

He worked for the UT library until August 22.