Changes:The Grove, Traffic, Preserving History

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(L-R) Agricultural Legend John L. Batey and son-in-law Brandon Whitt

(MURFREESBORO) The Grove at Williamson Place, across from the Avenue of Murfreesboro and next to the Chamber of Commerce, is becoming one of this area's top event venues, but with time there is change.

Agriculture Legend John L. Batey commented . . .


His son-in-law, Brandon Whitt, noted . . .


WGNS News asked Batey . . .

He explained that a developer was looking at a project in the area where motorists on Asbury Lane are already suffering an acute case of traffic trauma.

He noted that the City of Murfreesboro is interested in locating roads to correct those traffic patterns, and land on which the Williamson's farm once was located, appear to be ideal for this use.

Batey wants to keep the memory of agriculture, once this area's top industry, alive so that future generations can step back and appreciate the results of hard work and strong business ethics--but he said "traffic congestion" is an immediate issue.

Time will tell whether Batey's dream of preserving our community's rich agricultural history can co-exist alongside what comes with being the 10th fastest growing city over 100,000 persons in the entire nation.

In other words, the phrase "What goes around, comes around"...and farmers appear to have been our first ecologists with a goal of recycle and re-use . . .

Well, John L.'s dream of preserving this community's rich agricultural heritage for future generations is growing strong and more meaningful. It's just at a different location--it's at his family's 200-year old farm that on 5331 Baker Road, For more information, visit their website:

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