County rolled on Walks, Wood and Portables

DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, GREG TUCKER, 4/7/2013 It started locally on the city sidewalks. Then it went indoors at Jakes Town on the Woodbury Pike and open air on portables. Finally, roller skating centered on West College. In the early 1700s, a Dutch ice skater attempted to make a pair of…

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Col. Hardy Murfree gave more than just his name

DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, GREG TUCKER, 3/24/2013 Hardy Murfree (1752-1809), son of William Murfree and the former Sally Brickell, was born into North Carolina aristocracy. His father was a prominent politician and the wealthy founder of Murfree’s Landing, a prosperous Atlantic port, incorporated in 1787 as Murfreesboro, N.C. William Murfree was…

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Last week marked historic moment for Murfreesboro

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, March 10, 2013 Thursday marked an important date of history for Rutherford County. It was on this day 151 years ago that the strategic city of Murfreesboro would forever be changed. As the springtime beauty of the redbuds blanketed the forests in crimson, a…

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Few Know the Courage and Suffering of Dewitt Jobe

DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, GREG TUCKER, 3/10/2013 Dewitt Jobe and Sam Davis were Coleman Scouts for the Army of Tennessee during the Civil War. They were spies for the Confederacy. Both died at the hands of the enemy while refusing to name and betray their sources. Davis is remembered as the…

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Remembering the Alamo

Shirley Farris Jones, The Murfreesboro Post, March 10, 2013 Wednesday marked the 177th anniversary of the end of one of the most courageous, albeit ill-fated and hopeless standoffs in American history, when fewer than 200 brave citizens attempted to hold off a Mexican army of more than 6,000 in the…

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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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La Vergne Public Library to mark Civil War anniversary

The Murfreesboro Post, February 9, 2013 LA VERGNE – The La Vergne Public Library is commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with multiple special events, guest speakers and presentations beginning next weekend. “Given that several members of the library’s staff grew up in and around La Vergne, we’ve taken…

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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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