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Memphians flock to community centers to keep cool

By Jamel Major - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - People across the city spent Wednesday trying to find ways to stay cool.

The scorching temperatures forced Memphis resident James Jones to stay indoors.  Wednesday, Jones traveled to the Orange Mound community center to stay cool and play checkers.

Jones said sitting in the air conditioning helps him relax when the heat becomes unbearable.

"We got lots to do here," he said. "Play checkers, shoot pool...we got a swimming pool. At 9:30 in the morning, I do aerobics."

In response to the hot and humid temperatures, city leaders are encouraging residents to visit area community centers and libraries, and to take the necessary steps to stay safe.

"I'd suggest drinking plenty of water, and if you feel like you're getting dehydrated drink some Gatorade," Jones said.

Another Memphian at the center, Melissa Cooper, also recommended getting plenty to drink.

"Everybody should drink water during this time of the year - more water than usual - because it keeps your body going when you get overheated," she said. "That's why I've got ice now."

Cooper spent her day painting, trying to keep her mind at ease and away from the heat.

"I'm keeping cool," she said. "This is what I should be doing, because if you get overheated you might have a stroke. You don't want that, so you take care of yourself."

City officials are not only urging people to take the necessary safety precautions to keep cool, but are also stressing the importance of checking up on the elderly.

 


Community Centers in Memphis:

 

Bert Ferguson
8525 Trinity Rd., 38018
901-309-1761

Bickford
233 Henry, 38108
901-527-8752

Charles Powell-Westwood
810 Western Park, 38109
901-785-5975

Cunningham
3773 Old Allen, 38128
901-377-3037

Dave Wells
915 Chelsea, 38107    
901-526-7139

Davis
3371 Spottswood, 38111
901-323-8015

Douglass
1616 Ash, 38108
901-327-6131

Ed Rice    2907
N. Watkins, 38127
901-357-6919

Gaisman
4221 Macon, 38122
901-682-6161

Gaston
1048 Third, 38106
901-774-4156

Glenview
1141 S. Barksdale, 38114
901-576-7080

Hickory Hill
3910 Ridgeway Rd., 38115
901-566-9685

Hollywood
1560 N. Hollywood, 38108
901-458-4084

Katie Sexton
1235 Brown, 38107
901-576-7070

Lester
317 Tillman, 38112
901-324-2639

Marion Hale
4791 Willow, 38117
901-685-8120

McFarland
4955 Cottonwood, 38118
901-362-8350

Mitchell
602 West Mitchell, 38109
901-789-2927

North Frayser
2555 St. Elmo, 38127
901-353-9419

Orange Mound
2572 Park, 38111
901-576-6878

Pine Hill
973 Alice, 38106
901-744-7950

Raleigh
3678 Powers, 38126
901-373-2085

Raymond Skinner Center
712 Tangelwood, 38104
901-272-2528

Riverview
1891 Kansas, 38109
901-774-3041

Whitehaven
4318 Graceland, 38116
901-332-0783

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