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Knox Co. spraying mosquitoes in West Nile positive communities

Knox County Health Department crews will spray a record number of areas for mosquitoes within the next week to help fight the spread of West Nile Virus.

Nine out of 11 of the county's surveillance sites turned up mosquitoes that tested positive for West Niles.

Health officials emphasize that it's not unusual to find West Nile mosquitoes this time of year, but because of the high number, the department will add three more surveillance sites.

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Knox County Health Department says don't be afraid of West Nile Virus

The Knox County Health Department (KCHD) has trapped and confirmed more mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus than ever before.

That coupled with the increase in deaths from the virus in nearby states has caused health officials to make sure they are ahead of the bite.

Ronnie Nease is the Environmental Health Director for the Knox County Healthy Department. He uses fish and traps to kill off the West Nile carrying insect.

Community meets with cell phone company about proposed tower

Monday evening, a cell phone company made its case to a Knoxville neighborhood that could soon be the site of a new cell tower.

U.S. Cellular wants to build the new tower at the corner of Washington Pike and South Mall Road, an intersection off I-640 between New Harvest Park and Home Depot.

"One of the first things people will see when they come off of [the highway] is this 150 foot tower stuck up here right in the middle of the intersection," said Gene Mathis, a long-time resident of the neighborhood.

86 units will be demolished at Walter P. Taylor Homes

86 units will be demolished at Walter P. Taylor Homes

An East Knoxville housing project may look different next week.

86 units will be demolished at Walter P. Taylor Homes.  An additional 96 units will also be torn down at the adjacent Dr. Lee Williams Senior Complex.

The government housing is located off Martin Luther King, Junior Avenue.

The project is part of a major effort to revitalize East Knoxville's Five Points community.

$80 million will be used to build new housing in that area over the next 10 years.

The Knoxville Community Development Corporation is supervising the effort. 

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Visit Knoxville board to vote on CEO contract & bylaw changes

In a short, 20 minute meeting Thursday morning, the Executive Committee of Visit Knoxville's Board of Directors unanimously voted to pass changes to its bylaws, and a new contract for the Convention and Visotirs Bureau president, on to the full board for a vote next week. 

tnAchieves now accepting applicants, mentors for upcoming year

tnAchieves now accepting applicants, mentors for upcoming year

As many high school seniors begin to prepare for college, one local scholarship program is gearing up for a higher number of applicants this year.

"tnAchieves" provides assistance to public school students who continue their education at a community college. In East Tennessee, those schools include Pellissippi State Community College, Roane State Community College, and Walter State Community college.

The "last dollar" scholarship provides funds to cover whatever tuition costs remain after financial aid and other scholarships.

Only 1 East TN school made state's new 'priority list'

The day before class begins, we learned Sarah Moore Green is the only Knox County school that's on the state's new "priority list."

Those are schools ranked in the lowest 5th percentile in academic achievement.

The state board of education voted on which schools will be on that priority list Monday afternoon.

Superintendent McIntyre recently named Reggie Mosley as the new principal of Sarah Moore Green.

Mosley says Tuesday's first day of classes will signal the beginning of a new fight to improve school-life for his students.