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Turf installation begins at area high schools

<p>Crews clear the field at Powell High School to prepare it for artificial turf.</p>

Crews began working this week on the first new turf football field for Knox County high schools.

Contractors started moving 160 truck-loads of dirt at Powell High School last week. In December, Pilot Flying J and the Haslam Family pledged $10 million for new synthetic turf fields at all 13 high schools in the district.

“We really feel like we are [ahead of schedule],” said Will Ferguson, a contractor on the project. “It's been a great start, weather has corporate a lot, yeah, feels like we are a little bit ahead of schedule.”

The crew at Powell will also install the fields at three other schools, including Fulton High School. That work begins next week.