Knox Ridley served as dynamic Smyrna leader

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, November 19, 2018 Knox Ridley and his twin brother, Sam, served Smyrna as progressive mayors over a 50-year time frame. Knox Ridley, an exceptional man, was a member of the dynasty that molded Smyrna into the progressive city we have today.  Knox was our…

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Chuck Taylor remembered as great athlete

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, November 5, 2018 When I reflect on a current baseball success story from our county, I immediately think of Sonny Gray, pitcher for the New York Yankees, who attended Smyrna High with my children. Yet another sensation of the mid-20th century will rest in…

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Joseph Palmer a compelling general in Civil War

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, October 22, 2018 The namesake Palmer originated with the Norman Conquest of 1066.  This signature name was brought to England by the Normans and has a meaning of “pilgrim who carries palm branches back from the Holy Land.” The sobriquet of Palmer represented a…

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Miss (Eliza) Ransom, 70, dies last night

The Daily News Journal, September 20, 1935 (Ed. note:  Miss Eliza Ransom and sister Belle Ransom operated the Ransom School at 717 North Academy Street, Murfreesboro, for more than 40 years.  Today, the RCHS is honored to care and use the old Ransom School House as our headquarters). Funeral Tomorrow…

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Late pediatrician credited for child passenger safety

Jason Reynolds, The Murfreesboro Post, October 4, 2018 The widow of Dr. Robert Sanders, a Castle Heights Military Academy graduate who was known as “Doctor Seat Belt,” dedicated a historical marker in his memory last Monday to commemorate the doctor’s role in advocating for legislation that created the state’s – and…

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Illustrators of Civil War preserved chapter in time

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, September 24, 2018 My daughter Katherine is a terrific artist, and I have always been fascinated with the illustrative sketch artists of the Civil War.  These creative individuals supplied a visual account of a battle by depicting the soldiers fighting, suffering, celebrating and most…

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Murfreesboro’s First Astronaut, Dr. Rhea Seddon

Susan Harber, September 13, 2018 Margaret Rhea Seddon of Murfreesboro made history as one of first six female astronauts to enter the NASA program.  Having the ‘right stuff,’ she was a pioneer in space exploration and is both a maverick and exemplar in our county today. Rhea was born on…

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Memories of Mabel Pittard shared

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, August 26, 2018 When I began utilizing archives for detailed historical data, the same name continued to surface in an unending manner.  I was fascinated by a single woman, who had spent decades of countless hours of scrupulous research on the origins of our…

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