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Knox County plans first mosquito spraying of 2014

(WBIR) On Thursday night, the Knox County Health Department will spray for mosquitoes for the first time this year.

Health officials say mosquitoes in the Milligan Street area of east Knoxville tested positive for West Nile Virus.The area includes North Cherry Street and roads north of Magnolia Avenue, west of North Beaman Street and south of Interstate 40.Signs will be posted on the affected streets to warn residents.

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Kids help offer ideas for new Knoxville playground

(WBIR) Some of East Tennessee's youngest designers are getting a chance to share their thoughts on the future of a new playground.

The Muse hosted a design day on Wednesday for the new playground coming to Chilhowee park. Kids could stop by and give their own blueprints for success.

Police find stabbing suspect who was set on fire

Knoxville police said a suspect, who was set on fire after he apparently stabbed a man in east Knoxville, will face charges once he's released from the hospital.

Stanley Nimmons, 46, is accused of stabbing Christopher Kalna, 55, in his arm and torso at the victim's home on Wilson Road on Tuesday night. Kalna told police that Nimmons then stole his wallet, car keys and television. The victim followed Nimmons out of the house and threw a flammable liquid on the suspect and set him on fire. Nimmons managed to run away.

Knoxville Zoo hoping to make a better first impression


(WBIR-Knoxville) There are more changes in the works for the Knoxville Zoo, this time outside the gates.

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KPD makes 3 drug arrests in east Knoxville within 24 hours

Within 24 hours, the Knoxville Police Department arrested three people for drugs in east Knoxville.

The first arrest happened Sunday in the 500 block of McConnell Street shortly before 3 p.m. When an officer pulled over Anthony Jordan, 36, a K-9 indicated there was drugs inside the car, according to the release. Police said a search uncovered 24.5 grams of marijuana, 15.2 grams of crack cocaine, and $1,778 in cash.

Man shot in back, drives for help

Police identified the man shot in east Knoxville last night and said they're still searching for the person responsible.

Officials said Antonio Barfield, 43, was shot once in the lower back in Walter P. Taylor Homes. Barfield drove to himself to the public safety building for help and called police shortly before 9:45 p.m.

Based on the information Barfield gave police, investigators believe he was shot near the 2200 block of Kenner Avenue.

Early morning shooting victim is stable

The man shot in east Knoxville early Wednesday morning is stable, according to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

At about 3:30 a.m., someone called 911 to report gun shots around the area of Elmwood Street and Linden Avenue. The caller then went outside and found Johnny Hernandez Landa, 30, of New York lying in the street with several gunshot wounds in his leg.