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Citizens deserve better-looking, safer Square

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I havebeen practicing law on or just off the Squarefor almost 20 years. I ama partner at Lannom & WilliamsTrial Attorneys. Frank Lannom and Iown our building on the corner of South Cumberland and thePublic Square. Wesee whathappenson the Square day in and day out. It is dangerous to park in front of our building. Yeah, straight from aTrial Lawyer!

The city streets on Lebanons PublicSquareareunreasonablydangerous! If you try topark in front of our building, please dosoat your own risk. While you are backing out, be mindful that the goodfolks approaching the Square fromSouth Cumberland are looking left for oncoming traffic,while you are backing out into the roadway to their right. And please dont try to walk across the street in front of our office.

These dangers are not only in front of our businessall the parking immediately to the right of the incoming streets tothe Squareshare these dangerous hazards.You have been forewarned you may very well become a statistic.With TDOTs new proposeddesignof the Square,traffic will be routed differently andget rid of these dangers topedestrians.

This investment sponsored by the State of Tennessee for the roadways, and from donations for landscape and lighting, will bring business and tax base to the City of Lebanon.

Besidesall of the benefits of improving the unsightliness of the Square,General Hatton deserves more.The merchantsdeserve to havemoney-spendingcrowds on the Squarethe same wayFranklin, Gallatin and even Springfieldbusiness ownersenjoy. The property owners on the Square deserve for the value of their investmentto increase. Entrepreneurs of Wilson County deserve to have a venueto open new businesses that competewith Mt. Juliet andothersurrounding cities. The Cityof LebanonandtheStateof Tennesseedeserve to be safe from lawsuits for theirnegligent maintenanceof roadways. And most of all,we, thetax-paying citizens (and our children)of this wonderful Cityof Lebanon,deserve to be safe.

Editors Note: B. Keith Williams is a partner in Lannom & Williams, PLLC, at 137 Public Square, Lebanon.

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