New development preserves history downtown

February 19, 2020, Jason Reynolds, The Murfreesboro Post The Murfreesboro Planning Commission on Wednesday scheduled a public hearing to convert the old Franklin Synergy Bank downtown into a mixed-use development with a hotel, parking garage, residences and more. The project named One East College, will redevelop the bank building while…

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Melvin Scarlett was Dynamic MTSU President

January 20, 2020, Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal The name ‘Scarlett’ has a Norman French origin and is a surname for ‘seller and dyer of rich, red expensive escarlate cloth.’ The first recorded spelling was derived from William Scarlet of Staffordshire (1185) in the Templar Records of England. Many…

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Alfred Miller Home

January 15, 2020, Renee Duke Miller Alfred Miller built this house on the corner of College and Academy Streets in Murfreesboro. Photo source: O.E. Camp Photo – 1930-1939 The walls of the three-story red brick are 14″ thick with a foundation of stone. There are two chimneys on each side…

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Smyrna Presbyterian was Founded in 1800 on Stewarts Creek

July 1, 2019, by Susan Harber Smyrna Presbyterian Church carries the original honored namesake of our town. The appellation was derived as one of the seven churches of Asia rendered from the writings of Apostle John in Revelation. Member Silas Tucker is known as the individual who personally extended a…

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The Elliott-Kimbro-Doughty-Howse-Miles house

May 1, 2019, by Barry Lamb The rattle of musketry and small arms could be heard from the Elliott home that sat on the northwest corner of Lytle and Academy Streets during the morning of July 13, 1862. The nerves of the elderly widow, Adaline Bowman Elliott, must have been…

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Rutherford County Historical Society Charter Members (1973)

Listed in the Publication No. 2 (Summer, 1973) Adkerson, Mrs. W.D. (Martha) Ledbetter, William C. Jr. Baskin, Robert Matheny, Dorothy Brigance, Dr. Fred and Mary McFarlin, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hall (Jean Marie) Hall, Miss Mary Nelson, Lawson B. Hoover, Walter King Perry, S.W. Hoskins, Robert Pittard, Dr. Homer Huggins,…

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The RCHS is officially Chartered! (February 10, 1975)

The Rutherford County Historical Society was incorporated by the State of Tennessee as a non-profit organization on February 10, 1975. The following is from ‘RCHS Synopsis 1970-1975‘: Rutherford County Historical Society The Rutherford County Historical Society was organized in December of 1970, and has its purpose the procurement and preservation…

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Planning the Special Olympics, 1986

January 5, 1986, The Daily News Journal Members of the Area 16 Tennessee Special Olympics committees are from the left: Vickie Vipperman, Jack Elder, George Cunningham, Sandy Galland, Thelma Mitchell, Bernice Dumm, Louis McGlone, Kathy Gammache, Sally Allen and Linda Halliburton. Volunteers are needed to help with the events which…

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Through a Child’s Eyes, 1987

December 20, 1987, The Daily News Journal This week, Daily News Journal photographer Jim Davis visited Middle Tennessee Christian School and talked with first-graders. We would like to thank Headmaster Randall Choudoin, administrative Assistant Bill McVey and the first-grade teachers and students at MTCS.

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Wreaths Across America

Saturday, December 14, 2019, Stones River National Cemetery The second Saturday of each December features the annual ‘Wreaths Across America’ at the Stones River National Battlefield and National Cemetery. This emotional tribute to our veterans who made the definitive sacrifice occurs at more than 1,100 cemeteries across America. The Stones…

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Alvin C. York Medical Center, Monument Dedication, June 14, 1983

June 15, 2019, Cathy Schulze, The Daily News Journal At last it was done: after standing unacclaimed in from of the main building at the Veterans Administration Medical Center for nearly a year, a granite and bronze monument was dedicated Tuesday afternoon during Flag Day ceremonies. Groups of patients clustered…

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J.C. Bradford wishes everyone a merry Christmas, 1987!

December 20, 1987, The Daily News Journal J.C. Bradford investments was once located at 201 West Main Street, Murfreesboro, across from our historic Rutherford County Court House. Seated left-to-right: Rosemary Lombardy, Broker, Helene Colvin, broker and Office Manager, Michele Scott, Sales Assistant 2nd row – Mike Cornwell, Broker, Phillip Earles,…

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Santa Helpers from the Alvin C. York Medical Center

December 20, 1987, The Daily News Journal Employees of the Alvin C. York Veterans Administration Medical Center are conducting their sixth annual drive to assist the Rutherford County Emergency Food Bank. This drive is in conjunction with the national effort to support local food banks across the country, which is…

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Oaklands Mansion Christmas Gala

Friday, December 6, 2019, Oaklands Mansion The 2019 Oaklands Mansion Christmas Gala saw more than 225 attendees enjoying fun, food, music and a general celebration of the Christmas season at this iconic Murfreesboro landmark. James Manning, Executive Director of Oaklands Mansion, stated “Our Annual Christmas Gala and Candlelight Tour represents…

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Gingerbread replica of the historic Rutherford County Courthouse

December 3, 2019, Frank Caperton From WGNS Radio, Murfreesboro, Tennessee: Jo West of Jo’s Custom Cakes & Catering stopped by the Rutherford County Historic Courthouse this week with a traditional holiday treat. Only this time, it wasn’t so traditional! Putting in over 200 hours of work, West and her assistant,…

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