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Barnes farm earns 100-year distinction
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When the Barnes family gathered at the family home-place on Ivy Bluff Road recently, it was to celebrate River Valley Farms being designated a Tennessee Century Farm.The announcement of the farm’s inclusion in the program came from Caneta S. Hankins, director of the Century Farms Program at the Center for Historic Preservation at MTSU. The Century Farms Program recognizes the contributions of Tennessee residents who have owned and kept family land in continuous agricultural production for at least 100 years. Four out of five children born to Col. C. Doyle Barnes Jr. and Lucille Vera Tenpenny Barnes, still live in Warren County. These include, in order by age, eldest son Harry Lee Barnes, daughter Joyce Barnes, Jimmy Barnes, and daughter Vickie Barnes Bouldin, who documented the family farm’s history on the Century Farms application.

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