From an Ubuntu forum:
To keep Linux from using UTC, right click on the clock > preferences > uncheck the UTC box. Or, if you don't have a clock you can edit /etc/default/rcS and change the line UTC=yes to UTC=no. If you need to change the time zone you can run sudo tzselect.
To log in as root and change the UTC settings, use the command:
gksu gedit /etc/default/rcS
Don't know if this will help or not.