John L. Batey, Jr. has been associated with Consolidated Utility District of Rutherford County since 1985, and has served as the President of the Board since 1986. He is a native of Rutherford County. Raised in the Blackman community, where he still resides, he is a sixth generation farmer.
John graduated from Central High School and received his degree in Agriculture from MTSU. During the 60’s, he served for several years in the National Guard. He is a past president of Rutherford County Farm Bureau, for which he serves as an active board member. He is also a past chairman of Farm Service Agency, and was on the state board as well. John has been a board member of the Rutherford Coop for many years. He is active in Tennessee Pork Producers and has served as president. Currently, he is co-chairman of Cumberland Region Tomorrow, which is a long-range planning group for Middle Tennessee. He is involved with the Blackman Community Club and the Sportsman’s Club, among other community interests.
John enjoys farming. A new farming venture finds John selling pork products which are locally produced and marketed. He is married to the former Melissa Weatherford and has three children and six grandchildren. He is a member of the Blackman United Methodist Church.