Memphis close to completing trail

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Shelby County has reached an agreement to purchase just more than seven 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 one 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.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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