History buried too long

April 7, 2021, Tayla Courage, The Murfreesboro Post Murfreesboro resident Kenneth Sawyer is raising money to restore the neglected resting place of two Rutherford County families from the Antebellum era buried near his home. Sawyer, an independent truck driver, bought his home in Murfreesboro last August. The day of the…

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“Unconstitutional” 231 School Had Short History

Frow Chips, March/April, 2021, Greg Tucker, Rutherford County Historian In 1962, eight years after the U. S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that segregated education was unconstitutional, the Rutherford County school system opened a new segregated school facility on U. S. Highway 231 South. The all black faculty taught black students…

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The McFadden-Eagleton-Kerr-Wilson-Spain Place

Researched and by Barry Lamb and Carol White, Froe Chip, March/April, 2021 The impressive Greek Revival style home of William Ralph McFadden, formerly located at 632 East Main Street on western corner of Hancock Street, was built for McFadden and his wife, Clementine Brock McFadden, around 1860. Mr. McFadden was…

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Cross Lanes School (Christiana) 1868-1908

CROSS LANES SCHOOL, sometimes called CROSS ROADS and KATY’S ACADEMY f 1. 1868-1908, was located about four miles southeast of Christiana on the south side of Wayside Road at its intersection with Woodfin and Sledge Roads. Judge Tillman Davis Johnson wrote in his “Memoirs”: “During that same period I went…

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Big Springs School, 1918-1941

BIG SPRING SCHOOL 1918-1941 was built on the site of the former school. In 1918 there was a dire need for a new school. Will Newman was the teacher and his father owned the sawmill nearby. After the people of the community had brought their logs to be sawed, the…

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Big Spring School, 1881-1899

BIG SPRING SCHOOL 1881-1898 or 1899 was an upper school about one mile east of Big Spring on the south side of Big Spring Road and west of the Baptist church. On August 22, 1881, W. D. Mankin signed a deed for a school to School Commissioners W. B. Mankin,…

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1948 Kittrell High School Basketball Team

January 14, 2021 RCHS Board Member Bill Wilson My father played basketball for Kittrell High School as shown in this 1948 photo. Metal detector enthusiast Wayne Reed is behind the ball and my father – Floyd Wilson – is to the right of him. Coach Jack Jarrett is top left.…

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Snowy Day on North Maple Street

January 11, 2021 by Local Historian Bill Jakes FROM BILL JAKES: “On a snowy day, much like today (ed. January 11, 2021), photographer Lee Lively took a stroll around town and snapped a few pictures. This photo was taken on North Maple Street, near the present day Rutherford County health…

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