Tommy Martin was ‘Mr. Murfreesboro’ for a reason

September 29, 2020 Jason Reynolds, The Murfreesboro Post Family and friends of the original ‘Mr. Murfreesboro’, Tommy Martin, said they want to make sure members of the community continue to remember his legacy. Martin’s influence in shaping the community in the mid-1900’s was such that the Murfreesboro City Council and…

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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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The Order of Rainbow for Girls, c1960

August 12, 2020, Submitted by Local Historian Liz Merritt Bouma The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls is a service organization for girls between the ages of 11 and 20. This organization allows young ladies to build self confidence and leadership skills, all while serving their community.

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Murfreesboro Mayors: 36-40

July 8, 2020, A Series by Barry Lamb Overall, John Marcy was born on March 2, 1854 in the Trimble (17th) district of Rutherford County to Nathaniel Sims Overall and Dicey Crutchfield Cartwright Overall. His paternal grandparents were Robert and Mary Espey Overall, who came to Middle Tennessee before Tennessee…

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Thomas Bedford of Rutherford County

July 8, 2020 July/August Froe Chips, Susan Harber Thomas Bedford was a trailblazer in the creation of both Jefferson and Rutherford County. He was born 1758 in Goochland County, Virginia. Thomas later lived on Drakes Branch in Charlotte County, Virginia with his mother Mary Coleman and father Thomas Bedford, Sr, who was…

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William Lytle is a Key Originator in the History of County

July 20, 2020, Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal Upon my visit last week to the ‘new’ Tennessee State Museum, I immediately sought the display of William Lytle’s two stunning Queen Anne Flintlock Pistols (1750s) that he carried in the American Revolution. The pistol is distinguished by the lock plate…

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Many knew his voice, but he was a great dad also

June 17, Monte Hale, Jr., The Murfreesboro Post I’d like to tell you a story about the son of a coal miner, whose dad was a hard-working, grizzled and Christian man who lived by his brains and wits in rural West Virginia. He raised his son old school, which few…

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