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Workers clear second large tire dump

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Workers cleaned an area near I-40 and Wolf River early Friday that was covered with hundreds of tires.

Memphian Stevie Moore says the huge mess illegal tire dumpers have created is having a negative impact on the community and environment, and he's hoping his organization will change that.

Moore is the founder of FFUN, or Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives.  He along with 20 inmates from the Shelby County Corrections Department teamed up with the city of Memphis to clean up the mess. 

City officials say the site is another location where the illegal dumping of tires has occurred for months. The workers scooped up roughly 800 tires and loaded them into the back of a dump truck.

Moore says by allowing inmates to get involved in the cleanup, it will help promote a safer community.

"Blight increases crime just like this place is filled here along the river," he said. "We've been back down in there getting those tires out.  Just like tires can be dumped in there, a body can be dumped, so we have to make a constant effort to clean up our community."

Tire dumps such as the one cleaned up Friday can also be a health hazard.

"They just a breeding ground for mosquitoes," said Earnest Dobbins, Director of Community Enhancement for the city of Memphis. "Not only that, they're a fire hazard.  Just think if one tire caught fire, you'd have a major fire.  It's a safety factor also."

Dobbins says there are several more cleanup projects in the works.  Illegal dumpers fines of up to $550.

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