Ben “Buddy” Brown Passes Away

WGNS Radio, Murfreesboro, TN, November 10, 2017 Lascassas icon Ben “Buddy” Brown, Jr. has passed away. Brown and his wife Linda operated Brown’s Store on Lascassas Highway, a community meeting place, complete with regulars, gossipers and bologna sandwiches. Buddy and Linda operated the store from 1981 until the store closed…

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Newton Cannon and a Cannonsburgh Fish Tale

Greg Tucker, ‘Rutherford For Real’ Ed Note: ‘Rutherford for Real‘ is available through the Rutherford County Historical Society for only $20. It has been often said and written that Murfreesboro was first named ‘Cannonsburgh’.  Technically, this is NOT correct. Indeed, the only location or entity in Rutherford County to ever…

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What happened to the woman who brought Greenway to Murfreesboro?

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, September 7, 2017 Beloved environmental advocate Bertha Chrietzberg of Murfreesboro has died.  She was 97.  Chrietzberg was instrumental in preserving some of what are now considered Rutherford County’s most popular natural resources, including the Stones River Greenway System. The analogy of planting seeds is a…

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Famed Gen. Ben McCulloch had his roots in Jefferson

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, August 28, 2017 Ben McCulloch, a military maverick, was born in Jefferson on November 11, 1811.  He gained fame in the Texas Revolution, Mexican War (as a Texas Ranger) and as a Confederate general in the Civil War. Ben’s parents were Maj. Alexander McCulloch…

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Sewart Air Force Base was Smyrna sensation in war

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, July 31, 2017 Sewart Air Force Base, originally Smyrna Army Airfield, began operations in 1942 as a B-24 training facility. The base ceased operations after World War II in 1947, only to re-activate in 1950 and eventually close in 1970. The namesake for the…

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