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You may have noticed your tax dollars at work along College Street.

The Tattnall tennis center will have 13 courts, four just for kids and nine for adults.

As of Thursday, huge boxes sit unopened with new lights ready for installation.

As for the courts, construction crews dug up the concrete to pour new foundations. General Tennis manager Carl Hodge says the original budget was $500,000 but the total price tag will ring in at $560,000. He says they are under a tight deadline to get things finished in a couple of weeks but the weather hasn't cooperated on what turned out to be a complicated project.

"There is a lot of history here, but it needed updating, it needs sprucing up, Hodge said. The fencing was rusting out and now we have vinyl coated fencing. We have better lighting systems. The poles that were out here were wooden poles that came from way back. They were splitting with the possibility of falling or even breaking so now you have a safer facility and it's designed to accommodate the adults as well as children."

The tournament on the 18th will bring about 250 kids to town. If the courts aren't ready they will have to make alternate plans possibly at Mercer.

Hodge says in April they would like to roll out a senior citizen program for folks who have never tried tennis.

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