Hanging was an ‘Outrageous Spectacle’

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, August 6, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society They thronged to the island event in 1880 to see an execution … and perhaps a resurrection. For several years beginning in 1878, Rutherford County homes and businesses were victimized by…

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First Documented Execution was in 1813

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, July 24, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society In 19th Century Tennessee, the imposition of punishment, including capital punishment, was the responsibility of county authorities.   Common law required the death penalty for first degree murder, and permitted the same…

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College President Outgunned ‘Assassinators’

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, July 10, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society The attempted “assassination” was a near miss with the intended victim taking out two of his antagonists. As it did for most businesses and institutions of that time, the Depression severely…

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Teachers Strike, County Court Overwhelmed

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, June 26, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Professionals entrusted with meeting the needs of children do not resort to labor union tactics, strikes and picket lines – except as a last resort.  Then they win! In summer of…

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Tennessee Waltzed in, then out of Union

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, June 5, 2011 By Jonathan Fagan “All we ask is to be let alone,” said Jefferson Davis, February 18, 1861 upon delivering his inaugural address as President of the Confederate States of America from the portico of the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery. …

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County Agrees on Courthouse Demolition

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, May 30, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society “Now how about a better courthouse,” headlined the Rutherford Courier in April 1937. Focusing on the Depression Era square, the local newspaper observed: “A bare, worn, dusty surface is what we…

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High School Frats Focused on Dancing

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, May 15, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society It was about fellowship, but mostly it was the dances. The Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega was the first high school fraternity in Rutherford County.  The national SPO organization was…

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Carmack Never found his Place of Purpose

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, May 1, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Edward Ward (“Ned”) Carmack, Jr. was heir to a prominent political legacy.  He was also a self-proclaimed killer that no one believed and a businessman with a history of repeated failure.…

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Fan’s Laughed at his Name, Liked his Name

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, April 3, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Johnny Beverley Gooch, born November 9, 1897 in Smyrna, was a victim of Murderers’ Row in 1927.  In 1942 the government took the family’s historic home. The first Rutherford County native…

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Sgt. York’s son recalls humble hero of war

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Ken Beck, April 3, 2011 The most famous soldier of World War I, Tennessee born and bred Sgt. Alvin C. York, was a reluctant fighter and a humble hero. Yet most Volunteer State residents might be surprised to know his most personal legacy was…

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