Crichlow Grammar School, 1922-1968

CRICHLOW GRAMMAR SCHOOL 1922-1968 was located in Murfreesboro at 400 North Maple Street on the site of the old MURFREESBORO FEMALE ACADEMY and across the street from the present MTEMC building. In 1919, John Charles Mitchell, City School Superintendent, remodeled the old MURFREESBORO PUBLIC SCHOOL OR MAPLE STREET GRAMMAR SCHOOL,…

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Raikes was ‘Greatest Bulldog Ever’

Smyrna High School towers as a beacon on Bulldog Drive where my children Katherine and Michael Harber both graduated. The advent of Robert ‘Bud’ Raikes is a longstanding and storied chapter of time. Robert was a win-win leader for the advancing school for 52 monumental years. He served as prime…

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Bob Hope wows the crowd at Murphy Center

April 5, 1973 Middle Tennessee State University Murphy Center, Murfreesboro, Tennessee From the Daily News Journal, April 8, 1973, “The magnificent Charles M. Murphy Athletic Center was the scene of much activity Thursday night when the initial ‘big name’ performance was given by none other than himself, BOB HOPE!”

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Andrew Nelson Lytle

September 9, 2020 Local Historian Bill Jakes Andrew Nelson Lytle (December 26, 1902 – December 13, 1995) was an American novelist, dramatist, essayist and professor of literature. He was born on December 26, 1902 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1925. Lytle was the owner of “Cornsilk”,…

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Central High School, 1919-1944

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 1919-1944 was located on the westside of North Maple Street where the MTEMC (ed. 1986 this was the location of the Middle Tennessee Electric Membership, 2020 current location of Murfreesboro Housing Authority) building now stands. On February 9, 1917, the city and county jointly bought the old…

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Mystery Marker Memorializes Rutherford Immigrants?

July 9, 2020, July/August Froe Chips, Rutherford County Historian Greg Tucker Who were the immigrants and where in Rutherford County is this very substantial cast iron on natural stone marker? This “Immigrant Trail” marker stands at the front corner of the residence at 4949 Woodbury Pike east of Murfreesboro. Placement was apparently…

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Central High School, 1915-1919

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL fall 1915-spring 1919 was a coeducational, public school housed in the old MOONEY School Building on East Main Street. The school is listed by name as CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL in the Biennial Report of Schools of Tennessee 1915-1916. A two-year high school, it became a four-year high…

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Cannonsburgh Chapel-Tipperary School, 1915-1925

The Cannonsburgh Chapel in Murfreesboro was at one time TIPPERARY SCHOOL 1915-1925, a subscription school in District 3. It was on the south side of the present Waldron Road about one mile from the railroad in Lavergne. The TIPPERARY SCHOOL was first named GAMBILL SCHOOL in honor of School Director…

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Bristol Nelson Physiological School, 1911-1949

BRISTOL NELSON PHYSIOLOGICAL SCHOOL 1911-1949 was located at 512 North Highland Ave., Murfreesboro. The site is shown on the 1878 Beers Map as the home of J. W. Ewing facing High Street and bordered by Burton Street and Liberty Pike. Not only is the building historic, but it has been…

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Bradley School, Black 1884-1955

BRADLEY SCHOOL BL?CK 1884-1955 was a reorganization of BRADLEY ACADEMY for the exclusive use of Negroes. The school was located on the east side of S. Academy Street in Murfreesboro. The old BRADLEY ACADEMY building, which was used as a hospital during the war, was turned over to F. G.…

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Central High School 1945 – Basketball

February 21, 1945, The Rutherford Courier Wow – look at some of the names from this newspaper clipping: Kneeling: Jack McHenry, James Carter, Collier Crichlow, Will Polk Allen and Nile McCrary. Standing: Jim Sprangler, Junior Cook, Richard Gannaway, Bill Nesbitt, Allen Prince and Butch Young.

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Chiggers and Ticks Fight Over Their Next Food Source

July 10, 2020 July/August Frow Chips, RCHS Board Member and accomplished author Pettus Read It looks like July may be its usual self with hot days and the humidity around 125 percent, but which should be totally normal for us country types to be out struggling to get our hands…

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