Historic church sale coming soon to council

October 11, 2018, Scott Broden, the Daily News Journal Investors seeking a $70 million mixed-use redevelopment of the historic former First United Methodist Church will enter into a $1.8 million purchase agreement with the Murfreesboro City Council, officials said. ‘They are ready to spend some money,’ Assistant City Manager Gary Whitaker told the council during a Wednesday…

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Church redevelopment to return before council

October 9, 2018, Scott Broden, the Daily News Journal Updated efforts to redevelop downtown’s historic former First United Methodist Church into a restaurant, condos, hotel, parking garage, offices and shops will be part of Wednesday’s Murfreesboro City Council workshop. The meeting starts at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in Council Chambers on…

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Bethel Church marks 200 years

Jason Reynolds, The Murfreesboro Post, September 25, 2018 A congregation in the Bethel community is celebrating the church’s 200th anniversary and a connection to the foundations of the Methodist denomination in America. Bethel United Methodist Church was founded in 1818. The founder was evangelist Ebenezer MacGowan, a British native who…

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The Peddler

Sadie Fowler, VIP Murfreesboro, September 5, 2018 More than 45 years ago two local women put their heads together to talk business, and what unfolded has been a Murfreesboro icon ever since — it’s called The Peddler, for short. Jane Jones and Mary Ann Richardson, both Rutherford County natives, met…

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The Story of Walter Hill

southernrootsandbranches.wordpress.com, by Billy Pittard, July 15, 2018 I grew up feeling that Walterhill, Tennessee was my true home: the place where my roots were deepest.  My maternal grandparents Ruth and Blackburn Batey lived at the crossroads of Jefferson Pike and Lebanon Road – which is arguably the heart of Walterhill. …

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The Old Haynes Hotel

Frank Caperton, Rutherford County Historical Society, September 4, 2018 “Mink Slide to Main Street”, C.B. Arnette, Page 181, printed 1991 Ed. note:  The Haynes Hotel was constructed in the early 1890s, razed 1958 to make way for the new Penney Plaza. The last property in the block was the Haynes…

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Historic Rock Springs Church established in 1804

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, August 13, 2018 And the Scripture says “Upon this rock will I build my church.”   How true these words ring out inside Rock Springs Church of Christ, the oldest congregation in Rutherford County. Organized as a Baptist church on July 2, 1804, the…

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The Kittrell Comunity

THE HISTORY OF KITTRELL, by Mary Hall, 1984 Kittrell is located seven miles east of Murfreesboro on Highway 70 S, which was the original Stage Coach Road from Knoxville to Nashville. It was named for Major Marion B. Kittrell, who was born in Wilson County, July 17, 1820.  He married Ellen Johnston on January…

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Local History Preserved On The Cripple Creek Farm

WGNS Radio (www.wgnsradio.com), March 19, 2014 An important part of preserving details of local history is to keep the markers in area cemeteries in good repair.  Local historian Steve Cates updated WGNS on recent work at a burial ground on the Cripple Creek farm. He noted that the rural burial…

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Cates, Land Trust to preserve Readyville farmland forever

DNJ, Sunday, October 14, 2012 — READYVILLE — The farmland making up the historically-significant Cates Farm will be forever protected for the enjoyment of future generations thanks to a conservation agreement announced this weekend. Brothers Steve and Ben Cates announced Saturday they had entered a voluntary agreement with the statewide…

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