BUSINESS BRIEFS: Batey’s strawberry patch opens for season

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Cure that sweet tooth with some locally grown strawberries – Batey Farms Berry Patch is open for the season.

Farmer Brandon Whitt says the strawberry patch offers pick-your-own and pre-picked options at two different per-pound prices.

“And don’t bring baskets; we provide baskets for you, and you just pick as much as you want depending on availability,” he said.

Carry strawberries home in the Batey Farms basket, and bring it back time and time again to receive $1 off each purchase.

Spanning about three acres, the strawberry patch is located on a portion of the 238-acre Williamson family farm. Whitt farms the property and wanted to fulfill Mrs. Mitsu Williamson’s dream of growing strawberries.

“We’ve probably picked 300 gallons (Thursday and Friday),” Whitt said. “We made it through the frost and looks like we have a pretty good crop, as far as I can tell. I’m not a 20-year strawberry picker, but it looks good. Everybody tells me it looks good, and they taste terrific.”

Visitors can enter the patch from Old Wilkinson Pike, behind the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. A user-friendly map is also available on with easy-to-use directions.

Batey Farms Berry Patch will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Visit or Batey Farms on Facebook for details.

Amazon is hiring

Amazon announced it will fill hundreds of new positions at its Murfreesboro site.

According to a press release, the hourly positions will pick, pack and ship customer orders. All employees will receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes both health insurance and company stock awards.

Median pay inside Amazon fulfillment centers is 30 percent higher than that of people who work in traditional retail stores – and that doesn’t include the stock grants that full-time employees receive, which over the past five years have added an average of 9 percent to base pay annually.

The one-million-square-foot fulfillment center in Rutherford County began operating in the fall of 2012. At the time of its grand opening celebration last month, the site confirmed more than 1,000 jobs in the community. The fulfillment center handles smaller products like electronics, DVDs and books, to name a few items.

Candidates can apply at

Titans Caravan makes Murfreesboro stop

The Titans Caravan will make a stop in Murfreesboro this week.

Visit Kroger, located at 2449 Old Fort Parkway, beginning at 3 p.m. Monday, May 6, to meet Titans Cornerback Jason McCourty and Safety Robert Johnson as they sign autographs and greet fans. Titans Mascot T-RAC and the voice of the Titans Mike Keith will also be on hand.

“We hope everyone will come out and join us for this fun event on Monday," said Rick Barber, store manager. “We want the Titans to remember Murfreesboro as one of the best stops on this year’s Caravan schedule.”

Leadership Middle Tennessee is taking applications

The Leadership Middle Tennessee board of directors announced it is now accepting applications for the 2014 class.

Leadership Middle Tennessee, a regional leadership program, was founded to engage community and business leaders in the 10-county region of Middle Tennessee to focus on regional issues. Selected class members will participate in 10 one-and-a-half day sessions during the 2013-2014 year.

Visit to obtain an application form. To be eligible for consideration into the program, applications and two letters of reference must be received in the Leadership Middle Tennessee office no later than Friday, May 24.

For more information, call Susan Turner Taylor, executive director of the program, at 615-904-8207.
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