Rockvale Alum Still Going Strong at 94-Years-Old

October 2, 2019, The Rutherford Source, Keith Ryan Cartwright The Hayes family has been in Rockvale for more than a century. Frank Hayes is a purple heart recipient, served in World War II under Gen. George S. Patton and is the oldest known Rockvale graduate still alive. Friday, Sept 13,…

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Happy Hill Remembered

Wendi Watts, the Daily News Journal, February 22, 1995 Black education changed through the years in Rutherford County Black Education in Rutherford County has gone through a lot of changes in the past 50 years. In the 1930s and 1940s, Thelma Marie Turrentine Marshall went to class in a one-room…

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Smyrna High ‘Rock’ School holds Untold Memories

The Daily News Journal, Susan Harber, February 11, 2019 A generation of history within the walls of the Old Rock School in one article is unfeasible to behold. Thus, we will touch on bare highlights of a Smyrna school that originated some of the sharpest and most keen business minds…

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Rosenwald Schools

October 16, 2008 Rosenwald Schools “Between 1912 and 1932, the Rosenwald school building program constructed over five thousand new learning environments for African American school children in fifteen southern states, including fourteen in Rutherford County.  The program was funded by Sears, Roebuck and Company president Julius Rosenwald and Booker T.…

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Restoration is under way on 1800s-era schoolhouse

Doug Davis, The Tennessean, July 4, 2008 Adjoining log home is part of the project An 1800s brink home that once housed the Eliza Ransom Private School is, after years of neglect, undergoing a restoration. “It’s coming along, yes siree”, said a jubilant C.B. Arnette, who has been spearheading the…

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