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Memphis close to completing trail

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Shelby County has reached an agreement to purchase just more than 7 miles of an abandoned CSX rail line that will clear the way for contruction of a paved trail.

The Commercial Appeal reports Sunday the trail has been a long-term goal of local officials, who say it will improve residents' quality of life, help attract new businesses and possibly end Memphis' standing as 1 of the nation's most sedentary and obese cities.

A County Commission committee will review the deal this week. The agreement calls for the county to accept $4.8 million from a nonprofit group that raised the money through private fundraising to buy the land.

In addition, a $1.5 million federal grant will be used for the construction and the county will kick in $375,000.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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