Memphis schools eye artificial turf - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Memphis schools eye artificial turf

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A $6.6 million fundraising campaign is under way to upgrade athletic fields at city schools to synthetic turf.

According to The Commercial Appeal, officials believe artificial turf can help fight obesity by increasing the use of the fields that would be closed otherwise during rainy weather.

Twelve fields would be upgraded over three years.

Officials say maintenance fees would be decreased using synthetic turf.

Bids have already been awarded to Environmental Turf Services in Jackson, Miss., and Eagle Athletics in Florence, Ala. McWaters Construction of Memphis is the general contractor.

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

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Man arrested after deputies find gambling machines

    Man arrested after deputies find gambling machines

    Thursday, June 21 2018 3:54 PM EDT2018-06-21 19:54:39 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 5:56 PM EDT2018-06-21 21:56:30 GMT
    Vester Burns (Source: Lawrence County Jail via Vinelink)Vester Burns (Source: Lawrence County Jail via Vinelink)

    A Lawrence County man was arrested this week after gambling machines were found in his shop.

    A Lawrence County man was arrested this week after gambling machines were found in his shop.

  • Poplar Bluff, MO man pleads guilty to gun, meth charges

    Poplar Bluff, MO man pleads guilty to gun, meth charges

    Thursday, June 21 2018 4:56 PM EDT2018-06-21 20:56:55 GMT
    Hamilton's sentencing is set for September 18, 2018.  (Source: Vinelink)Hamilton's sentencing is set for September 18, 2018. (Source: Vinelink)
    Lee Marvin Hamilton is being held in Dunklin County (Source: Vinelink)Lee Marvin Hamilton is being held in Dunklin County (Source: Vinelink)

    A Poplar Bluff, Missouri man has pleaded guilty to drug and possession of a firearm by a felon charge. 

    A Poplar Bluff, Missouri man has pleaded guilty to drug and possession of a firearm by a felon charge. 

  • Highway reopens after truck carrying steel coil flips

    Highway reopens after truck carrying steel coil flips

    Thursday, June 21 2018 1:56 PM EDT2018-06-21 17:56:53 GMT
    Thursday, June 21 2018 4:46 PM EDT2018-06-21 20:46:47 GMT
    Photo from firefighters in Blytheville show a semi flipped over on Hwy. 18. (Source: Blytheville Professional Firefighters Local 5014 via Facebook)Photo from firefighters in Blytheville show a semi flipped over on Hwy. 18. (Source: Blytheville Professional Firefighters Local 5014 via Facebook)

    According to the Arkansas Department of Transportation, Highway 18 has reopened after being closed for over 2 hours. 

    According to the Arkansas Department of Transportation, Highway 18 has reopened after being closed for over 2 hours. 

Powered by Frankly