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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.

Knox Co. celebrates decline in childhood obesity

Knox County held a luncheon Wednesday to honor those teachers and staff members who helped to make sure kids stay active and learn how to make healthy choices.

School officials also announced some good news when it comes to overweight students. The number of obese kids has gone down in Knox County compared to last year, and Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre says that will help them both in and out of the classroom.

"It's about our kids being healthy. It's about fighting childhood obesity," he said.