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July 18, 2013

Tiger Trail Team Highlighting Public Information Campaign With Logo Contest

A public information campaign is underway to educate area residents on what's going on at the Tiger Trail in Memphis.

Get To Know Your Tiger- Tiger Trail That is! "We are very excited about the new look and improvement of our Tiger Trail," said volunteer Laurie Jack.

The trail's newly poured cement entrance near the elementary school playground was made possible by a grant from the Missouri Foundation of Health, a philanthropic organization whose vision is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.

Unfortunately, Jack points out, Missouri has slipped to 40th out of 51 in America's Health Ranking.

"In 1990 we ranked 24th," Jack said.

The United Health Foundation's report indicated that troubling increases in obesity, diabetes and children in poverty are offsetting improvements in smoking cessation, preventable hospitalizations and cardiovascular deaths.

"Since 1990 we had been seeing a slow but steady improvement up until 2010," she commented. "People need to exercise more and eat better."

On that note, the walking group just recently capped off its annual Walk to Branson. Lori Elliot was the winner, earning a donated 6 month free membership to the Scotland County Fitness Center.

Scotland County is blessed with a beautiful rustic area to walk in, northeast of the elementary school.

"This treasure has been a well-kept secret for too long," said Jack "It's time for all of Scotland County to learn about her Tiger."

The MFH Grant has made it possible for the Tiger Trail Team, a core group of dedicated workers, to host a "Get to Know Your Tiger" Gathering on September 7, 2013. The group is also running a contest for the creation of a logo image for the Tiger Trail.

"We want a creative picture to use as our letterhead as well as to place on T-shirts that will be given away at the September 7th gathering," said Jack. "This will be the permanent logo for the Tiger Trail."

There will be free Frisbees, food and fun shared at the public meeting. There will be more details about this event in the upcoming weeks.

The logo contest will be open until August 6, 2013. The Tiger Trail Team will pick the winner on August 7, 2013. The drawing must be done with an artist's pen, black and white only, on clean non textured paper so it can be transferred to a screen for T-Shirts. This contest is open to everyone. The winner will receive $50. If you have any questions call Laurie Jack at Scotland County Health Department at 660-465-7275.

The Tiger Trail Team has been busy working to make the trail a pleasant and safe place to walk, but Jack notes there is still lots of work to be done.

"We have a plan to cement, in increments, all around the old pond area," she said. "There are plans to make a second entrance to the trail from the east side."

With grants from the Department of Natural Resources drainage work has been done, new signs have been put up and with the help of Master Gardeners the Tiger Trail team is planning a beautiful, native plant landscaped entrance area. Native plants have been purchased and will be planted along the trail with signage naming the plants. Railroad ties have been purchased and the team is in the process of getting them placed along the path edge in the wooded area. The University Extension has also been very active with the Trail.

"This Trail is truly a community project," Jack said. "There have been so many people who have given of their time and expertise. We want to thank them all. We continue to need them all."

If you are interested in volunteering please contact Laurie Jack at Scotland County Health Department 465-7275. The group is in need of people who have equipment to move dirt and cut weeds.

"We would love to see 4-H, FFA, National Honor Society, A+ Program and Scouts get involved," Jack said. "All are welcome to join the Tiger Trail Team."

The Team meets on the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Scotland County Health Department (use the south entrance).

"Together we can make Scotland County a healthy, happy, beautiful place to live," Jack said.

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