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2008-10-10 18:00:17

By Matt Woo As Ted Fox began to talk about the future of the Wolf River Wildlife Area, he stopped and made a prediction. "It will be like this forever," said Fox, director for the Shelby County Public works and executive director of the Chickasaw Basin Authority. "It will be just like you see it now." On Thursday morning, elected officials from Collierville and Shelby County held an opening ceremony for the Wolf River Wildlife Area. The trails officially open today. Shelby County...

2008-09-22 21:00:17

By Tom Charlier The sight of deer bounding through the woods may not have surprised Larry J. Smith, but the half-dozen or so wild turkeys that popped their heads up out of the tall grass to gaze curiously at intruders certainly did. Deep in the bottomlands north of Collierville, it's clear that Shelby County's newest recreational site - the "Wolf River Wildlife Area" - is aptly named. "This is how it's going to stay - what you see here," said Smith, a county environmental official and...

2008-09-01 18:00:16

By Pamela Perkins Apparently, you can't have too much fun on a Labor Day weekend. And Mid-Southerners, and any Hurricane Gustav evacuees in need of a pleasant distraction, have had at least four places to get it. The Delta Fair and Music Festival at Agricenter International, the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival Downtown and the 34th annual WLOK Stone Soul Picnic Weekend, all continue today. And Summer Crunkness 2008, a free hip-hop concert and block party, starts at noon today at...

2008-08-07 21:00:16

By Tom Charlier The group seeking to dramatically re-create Shelby Farms under a slogan that includes "one park, one million trees" soon should be getting one big chunk of cash to help make it happen. In what officials described as the largest conservation donation in Memphis history, the Hyde Family Foundations today will announce a $20 million challenge grant to the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, which is launching a series of ambitious improvements for the 4,500- acre park near the...

2008-08-04 21:00:14

It isn't really fair to compare Shelby Farms to New York's renowned Central Park. After all, at 4,500 acres, Shelby Farms is more than five times bigger. Yet even though many people like the East Memphis park the way it is, Shelby Farms has the potential to be so much better. That's what makes the Shelby County Commission's scheduled vote Monday on a new master plan for Shelby Farms so exciting. Assuming the commission approves the plan, it will be a key step toward transforming...

2008-07-31 18:00:29

By Alex Doniach The completed Shelby Farms master plan includes an expanded Patriot Lake for water sports, a swim area with a beach and a farmer's market. It calls for 1 million new trees and a shuttle system so visitors can experience the park's 12 distinct "landscape rooms" without walking its 4,500 acres. On Wednesday, leaders of the Shelby Farms Park Conservancy floated the park's finished 223-page master plan to a receptive group of county commissioners, who gave the multimillion...

2008-06-16 21:00:12

It has taken too long , but Memphis is fortunate that its leaders are catching on to the wisdom of investing in and developing greenways for their recreational, economic, social and environmental benefits. The most ambitious example is the city's planned 22-mile section of the Wolf River Greenway, one of the most eagerly anticipated new public amenities here in some time and part of a long-sought dream of the Wolf River Conservancy. Behind the scenes, promoters of a 13.4-mile trail on...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
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