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Coffee County government receives 107 acres to build sports complex

Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 3:10 pm


Coffee County Mayor David Pennington points out where new ball fields could go on land recently donated to the county by Sam McAllister. In total, the county received 107 acres of land. (Staff photo by Josh Peterson)

Coffee County’s Sam McAllister, arguably one of the most influential developers the area has seen, donated 107 acres of land to the Coffee County government. The generous donation was announced during a joint meeting of the Coffee County Finance, Capital Outlay and Purchasing Committees Thursday night.

The land, located on New Bushy Branch Road, is to only be used by the county to build a sports complex and development must begin in one year. McAllister will build restroom facilities and entrances to the property.

“This is a very generous donation by Mr. McAllister,” said Coffee County Mayor David Pennington while touring the property Friday morning. “We have a lot of options and hopefully we will be able to build something the people of Coffee County will be very proud of.”

McAllister, who sold over 500 acres to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, did maintain a reservation of life estate in the deed that includes 5.85 acres and the house.

“Basically as long as he and/or his wife are still living in the house, that is theirs,” explained Coffee County attorney Robert Huskey.

Some of the restrictions in the deed include the following:

*The land shall be used by Coffee County as a sports complex with regulation playing fields. Softball, baseball, soccer and other fields shall be established and maintained, as well as other sports and outdoor activities….

Read the complete, in-depth story in next week’s (Oct. 30) print edition of the Manchester Times. Click here to subscribe to the print and/or full online version of the paper or call 931-728-7577.