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City Street named after former Planning Commission Chairman Jack Byrnes

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Jack Byrnes served as chairman of the Planning Commission during a significant period of growth in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County.

Now a street leading off Veterans Parkway to the city’s newest school, Overall Creek Elementary on the growing west side, has been named in his honor.

“During his tenure as Planning Commission chairman, Jack Byrnes presided over adoption of a new zoning ordinance and a comprehensive rezoning of the entire City as well as the adoption of a Comprehensive Land Use Plan for the City,” said Commission Chair Bob Lamb. “Mr. Byrnes was a valuable member of the Planning Commission for many years. We really learned a lot about serving on the Commission from a true role model.”

Former Chairman Byrnes was appointed to the Planning Commission on July 3, 1980. He became chairman in July of 1982 and served in that leadership capacity until June 18, 1997. Byrnes was also a well-known homebuilder in Rutherford County with a reputation for building quality homes.

“Our family is proud of dad’s long service on the Planning Commission and grateful that the City is honoring him in this way,” said Dr. Mark Byrnes, dean of the College of Liberal Arts at MTSU. “Given that all three of his son’s attended Murfreesboro City Schools, we’re especially pleased that the street named in his honor will lead to the City’s new Overall Creek Elementary school.”

The Planning Commission approved the street naming of Jack Byrnes Drive during its commission meeting on Tuesday, July 22. The street is located on a 2.17 acre plat developed by Swanson Development west of Otter Trail and east of Veterans Parkway.

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August 04, 2014 at 8:56pm
One of the most promising thing that can happen to a person is that he be honored in such a way that future generation will always remember you. Naming a street after a person is such a awesome way not to forget that person. It seems that Mr. Jack Byrnes will receive such an honor his name on a street sign.

I'm so glad that his family will enjoy this honor and every time they come across the street sign that reflects his name that their hearts will jump for joy. It's when someone who had worked so hard in life and showed so much proud that people would desire to uplift such a person. Mr. Byrnes served as chairman of the Planning Commission in Murfreesboro and Rutherford now his name will be known forever.

Future generations will ask, who was Mr. Jack Byrnes? And the story must be told about his trustworthy role model. There need to be more local role models that would make a positive impact on the lives of others and maybe more street signs to remind us of their dedications. Congratulations to the Byrnes family!!! The people of this city and county should be pleased to know one of our very own will be remembered.
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