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Theme park could help countyPosted Monday, February 11, 2008, at 9:31 AM
Lots of Rutherford County residents are in an uproar over a proposed Bible park.
Developers are holding information sessions this week while neighbors claim traffic flow will damage nearby residential areas.
Residents are being told the park won't be a typical theme park with roller coasters, etc. The Associated Press was told it will "feature Colonial Williamsburg-like re-enactments of ancient life, theaters for Broadway-sized biblical musicals and a Disney-like 'Bible Fly-Through Ride,' using an IMAX screen and seats suspended in mid-air to give visitors an overview of the Holy Lands."
Murfreesboro officials cite more tax revenue and jobs, and a Chamber of Commerce officials says residents must adjust to change, especially in areas near Interstate 24. Many residents could care less what the Chamber says,
Suppose the Bible park doesn't work in Rutherford County?
Bedford County has quite a bit of undeveloped land near Beech Grove and I-24 -- and an existing tourist attraction in Bell Buckle. That northeast side of Bedford County could have a lot of potential, although I'd think anything there would need to tie in with Bell Buckle and Wartrace in some way.
I wonder how Bedford County would feel about a theme park in general -- anything from a replacement for Opryland to the Bible park if it's turned down in Murfreesboro. Is this the type of project that could benefit Bedford County?
I can see pros and cons but, in the right location, we could benefit big-time -- especially if something was in the far northeast corner of the county where traffic and development would only impact a relatively small area but the entire county would benefit from tax revenue and tourist spending.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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