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Church vows to fight for property

by Jonathan Adams

If Bristol Tennessee leaders and Virginia Avenue United Methodist Church can’t come to an agreement over a small piece of property needed for a road project, the city may take it through eminent domain.

And Pastor Barbara Doyle and other church members aren’t happy about it.

The 148-square-foot plot is at the corner of East Cedar Street and Virginia Avenue in front of the church’s sign. The church will be compensated for that land, although an agreement has not been reached.

The larger problem for the church is it will lose the use of land around the church for parking because it’s also needed for the project and is in the city’s right of way. The church has been using the space for parking, mostly for the elderly, since it was built in 1920.

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