thanks for the assistance but that only changed the font color.
I ended up adding the color to each TD tag as such:
unfortunately my approach disabled the hover over affect but thats a debugging for another day, one problem at a time.lol
not the most cleanest coding but it seems to work. your approach did add the color but it only colored the fonts.
If you find or know a better way to color the records with the hover over please pass it on.
thanks again for the replay.