Fosterville Church of Christ Celebrates Faith, History

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, June 10, 2012 The little community of Fosterville in southernmost Rutherford County, once a bustling railroad hub of agriculture and commerce, owes its very existence to the steam-powered locomotive, but faith soon became the real driving force that kept its families going through…

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Official records correct Lytle folklore errors

As published by the Daily News Journal, Greg Tucker, Sunday, June 3, 2012 William Lytle, an early Rutherford County landowner, figures prominently in most accounts of the founding of Murfreesboro.  Much of what is said, however, is incorrect. Some of the more often repeated errors involve Lytle’s Revolutionary War record,…

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Downtown remains heartbeat of Murfreesboro

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, May 30, 2012 With a smile on his lips and a twinkle in his eye, Marion Bean spoke of downtown Murfreesboro with a fondness that carries years of memories. He noted the history of downtown, like when the city was the state’s capitol…

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City’s Bottoms made way for Broad Street

As published by the Daily News Journal, Wednesday, May 30, 2012 By Doug Davis, Daily News Journal In the 1950s, Murfreesboro obtained federal funding to assist in urban renewal on 52 acres of property known as the Bottoms. “I once lived on Front Street, but I went to the Bottoms…

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Merry Month of May

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Shirley Ferris Jones, Tuesday, May 29, 2012 WThe month of May was anything but “merry” for the citizens of Murfreesborough in 1862. Our little town was barely 50 years old when it became a focal point of the Civil War in the West. From…

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Amelia Earhart’s Murfreesboro Connection

Merry Month of May As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Dan Whittle, Sunday, May 27, 2012 R.D. “Bo” McKneely’s connection to Tennessee began in 1958 when he met prominent Rutherford County resident Sara McQuire Bell, widow of the late Ed Bell, former publisher of the Daily News Journal. “I went…

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Certainty of War Loomed over 1942 Graduating Class

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, Sunday, May 20, 2012 By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society “Those years at Central High were the happiest of my life,” remembers Oma Wilson McNabb. “But after Pearl Harbor, the mood at school was usually quite somber.” The…

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Old Letter tell of Drinking, Schooling and Survival

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, Sunday, April 21, 2012 By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society Personal correspondence preserved through generations can provide an incomparable window to the past. Consider the “common” events reported to an absent spouse in the 1880s; a mother’s love…

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In Search of Uriah Stone

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Ken Beck, Thursday, March 29, 2012 Jim Stone last trod the turf of Coldwater Cemetery as a lad of 10 in 1948. This sunny, 70-degree morning in late February, some 64 years later, he seeks to pinpoint the final resting place of his great-great…

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