1956 Electric Traffic Timer

City Policeman Cecil Lamb clocked the traffic on Woodbury Highway with the electric traffic timer Friday and the timer shows that this car was well within the speed limit. Since the city acquired the timer there have been over 1,000 speeding tickets issued. Speeding fines are $10. Photo by Jimmy…

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1963 Mother’s Patrol

September 12, 1963, The Daily News Journal Mother’s Patrol Check Ins: An important part of the Murfreesboro Police Department’s school safety program is the Mother’s Patrol initiated here several years ago and now grown to eleven members. Shown here are Chief Bob Lynch, Mrs. Polly Chambliss, Reeves-Rogers; Mrs. Annie L.…

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Parking Fees in 1973

August 8, 1973, The Daily News Journal Lt. Cecil Lamb, right, and Patrolman David Mitchell of the Murfreesboro Police Department remove money from a downtown parking meter. Warrants are being issued for several people who did not bother to put money in the meters – or pay parking tickets they…

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Preserving Midland’s Past

March 27, 1977, Gene Sloan, The Daily News Journal By Gene Sloan, Rutherford County Archivist Schools in the Midland (Middleton) area in the southwestern section of Rutherford County have records and some remarkably well preserved photographs that cover more than 100 years. There is a record that John D. Smith…

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Lt. Richard Mullins

August 26, 1966, The Daily News Journal PIN BARS – Mrs. Ethel E. Mullins is pictured above ‘pinning the Bars’ on her son, Richard T. Mullins, officially making him a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, during the commissioning ceremony held prior to the August 19 convocation exercises at…

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Joey Peay of Milton, Tennessee

October 15, 1967, The Daily News Journal You simply never know what our researchers at the Rutherford County Historical Society will find… TINY TOT – Joseph Alan Peay is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Peay, Route 1, Milton, Tenn. Grandparents are Mrs. Pearl Peay, Rout 1, Milton, and…

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1962 Murfreesboro Police Department

Tennessee F.O.P. Magazine, October, 1962 Young Men Dominate City’s Police Department Murfreesboro’s 26-man police force is headed by a youthful, aggressive 36-year-old gentleman who worked his way up through the ranks and over a 16-year period advanced from patrolman to the highest position on the force. He is Chief Bobby…

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Ridley McLean was a Navy Rear Admiral in World War I

November 4, 2019, Susan Harbor, Daily News Journal The knowledge of a two-star Admiral growing up in Murfreesboro escaped me until recently. This single man originated superior Naval tactician precept and was the mastermind of the Navy we have today. Rear Admiral Ridley McLean was born an only child to…

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WZTV: The story of the ‘Human Fly’

November 1, 2019, Dennis Ferrier, WZTV (Channel 17) MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WZTV) — The Rutherford County Courthouse on the square in Murfreesboro is pure southern charm. One of just a handful of pre-Civil War courthouses left in the state of Tennessee. Imagine the stories the building could tell … We’re going to…

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Spirits still linger at Smyrna’s Sam Davis Home

October 31, 2019, Linda Ong, WKRN TV, Nashville, Tennessee SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) — For News 2’s Haunted Tennessee special, we took a tour of the home of Confederate soldier Sam Davis. Spread across 168 acres in Smyrna, sits the house and farm of the Davis family. Jenny Lamb works as the Executive…

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Murfreesborough Foremothers

Daughters of the American Revolution, Col. Hardy Murfree Chapter Sally Brickell married  Col. Hardy  Murfree in 1780,  birthed 10, raised 7 children.  Six of the Hardy Murfree children inherited property in or around what became ”Murfreesborough’ Fanny Noailles Murfree, born 1783, married David Dickinson 1799, inherited 1,000 acres north of Murfreesborough which became her home “Grantlands”. Mary Moore Murfree, born 1786, married Isaac Hilliard…

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8,000 Bales of Cotton Produced in the County

October 1, 1939, The Daily News Journal According to a survey conducted last week, an average of approximately 8,000 bales of cotton are grown annually in Rutherford County. Four large gins in Murfreesboro produce an average of 1,500 bales each, while two concerns at Smyrna and Walter Hill report annual…

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

Annual Awards Banquet, Carriage Lane Reception House, Saturday, November 9, 2019 Each year the president of the RCHS is tasked with selecting only five volunteers for recognition.  I use the word ‘tasked’ because choosing ONLY five volunteers is a tough, tough task. Reservations and payment required by 10/31/2019!  (no payments…

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Monday, October 21, 7:00PM

Monday, October 21, Rutherford County Archive, 435 Rice Street: Gib Backlund, well-known, much respected chief ranger (retired) from the Stones River National Battlefield, will be discussing the history of the Stones River National Battlefield and National Parks.

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