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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Sam Davis, Boy Hero of the Confederacy

1969 – Tennessee FOP Magazine Sam Davis was born October 6, 1842, near Smyrna, TN attended school at Smyrna and later the Western Military Institute in Nashville, leaving there to volunteer for service in the Confederate Army, Co. I, 1st Tennessee. Due to unusual courage and desire to accept hazardous…

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Smyrna Train Depot Sign Returns Home

November 21, 2019, The Murfreesboro Voice Smyrna Depot’s original sign has finally returned home. Town of Smyrna Manager Brian D. Hercules accepted the original depot sign from the Cowan Railroad Museum this morning.  “I’m grateful to the Cowan Railroad Museum for returning this piece of history home to Smyrna,” shared…

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1958 Kittrell School Play

April 6, 1958, The Daily News Journal “For Pete’s Sake” – Kittrell’s seniors will present “For Pete’s Sake”, a farce in the three acts by Jay Tobias, on Friday evening, April 11, at 7:45. The cast includes Reba Coleman, Brenda Lovvorn, Jimmy Bugg, Billy Boyd, Bobby Shrum, Frieda Travis, Geralline…

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1965 Murfreesboro Police Deparment

1965 – Tennessee Law Enforcement Journal Chief W.I. Chambliss is pictured here, front and center, with his Murfreesboro department. In the front row from left, Lt. R. Vance, Lt. T.C. Lamb, Lt. J.R. Howse, Lt. G.D. O’Brian, Sgt. Robert Blanton, Sgt. H. Carlton, Sgt. C. Walton, Det. E.N. Brown, Det.…

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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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1960 – Hendon-McClanaham Lodge No. 12, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

1960 July, Tennessee FOP Magazine Police Keep Pace with Progress Murfreesboro’s 23-man police force is not only keeping pace with the city’s rapid march of progress, but in the same light finds time to express itself as a sincere civic minded organization. The department, headed by veteran Chief Claude Vance…

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1960 Middle Tennessee State College (MTSU) Campus Police

1960, January-February, Tennessee Law Enforcement Journal The Campus Police Department of Middle Tennessee State College, pictured here, represents another group of officers who are 100% in Association membership. From left to right are Chief Stanley D. Hobbs, former assistant chief of the McMinnville Department, Patrolmen E.V. Mose, Ellis Burnett and…

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1960 – Keep Pace with City’s Rapid March of Progress

1960, January Tennessee Law Enforcement Journal Murfreesboro’s 23-man police force is not only keeping pace with the city’s rapid march of progress, but in the same light finds time to express itself as a sincere civic minded organization. The department headed by veteran Chief Claude Vance was instrumental in the…

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