Little Hope Memories Linger

DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, MARK BELL, 2/24/2013 – When LaRue Chaney was a child, she was taught that — despite growing up in a place called Little Hope — goals, dreams and, indeed, “hope” are what life is all about. Chaney, a life-long resident of the community that according to local…

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Caves Concealed Runaways, Rebels & Revelers

As published by the Daily News Journal, February 24, 2013 Rutherford County is honeycombed by 129 documented caves.  The best known and most spectacular is the Snail Shell Cave system with seven known entrances and over 12 miles of charted passages near Rockvale.  The most fabled and neglected is the…

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Legacy of love remains after many years

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, February 10, 2013 The train blustered noisily over the tracks. Its destination: Nashville. A white-haired gentleman sat reading his newspaper. The headlines read, “Roosevelt Seeks Another Term.” All of his attention was absorbed in the troubling current events. World War II had united the…

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Memory of eccentric entrepreneur still remains

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, January 27, 2013 Almost 75 years ago, downtown Murfreesboro was the center of the region’s economic activity.  Every Saturday, folks from surrounding Middle Tennessee counties would come to shop, visit with neighbors and trade.  On the corner of South Maple and Vine streets, which…

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Musician’s talent started with mother’s prayer

Dan Whittle, The Murfreesboro Post, January 13, 2013 While musician Billy Yearwood was in his mother’s womb 85 years ago, she prayed, asking God for a musician son. “While pregnant, Mother prayed for a boy,” Yearwood shared. Irene Rice Yearwood’s prayer then got “specific” regarding what kind of music. “She…

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Scales legacy continues with new generation

Ralph Vaughn, The Murfreesboro Post, January 6, 2013 The new year has further ushered in another chapter for the legacy of a prominent Murfreesboro business. Although the arrangements were consummated in the summer of 2011, Scales & Sons Funeral Home is now co-owned and managed by Tonya Scales Haynes, the…

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Sweet dreams of Ole Taylor’s Candy Kitchen

Ken Beck, The Murfreesboro Post, December 2, 2012 For 35 years, 68-year-old Eddy Taylor nurtured the biggest sweet tooth in Rutherford County – his own. Across four decades, however, there were thousands who showed up at his family’s candy shop to soothe their sugar fixes. They did not go away…

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Months leading up to historic battle offered brief joy

Shirley Farris Jones, The Murfreesboro Post, November 25, 2012 As Thanksgiving Day approached and the good folks of Murfreesboro began their preparations, they had much to celebrate and more to be thankful for than they might have imagined just a few months prior. Deep down, most Confederate sympathizers knew their…

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Our Beginnings

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Michelle Willard, Sunday, November 13, 2012 If there’s one thing organizers of Murfreesboro’s Bicentennial Celebration want the public to remember, it’s the importance of history. This month’s schedule includes three events that mark the beginnings of three important aspects of Murfreesboro’s history – its first…

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Memories of Cotton Days a reminder of simpler times

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, November 10, 2012 A morning fog lifted leaving billowing white clouds and a soft blue sky – a simply breathtaking view above the grand columns of the Rutherford County Courthouse. As falling leaves rustled and scampered across the lawn leaving a blanket of crimson…

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