County fairgrounds flourished, failed, failed again

DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, GREG TUCKER, 6/8/2014   It began with “Yankee capital” and ended with a tavern, but off and on for nine decades it was a much anticipated Rutherford County event. In 1868 a group of northern investors acquired part of the Alfred Miller estate about two miles south…

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Lonely monuments provide history, mystery

DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, GREG TUCKER, 5/25/2014 Monuments and markers are found all across Rutherford County. Some placed by various government entities. Many privately placed in hundreds of Rutherford cemeteries. Some are of curious origin and uncertain history: Julius C. Wade A tall, artistic monument graces the northeast corner of the…

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1966 diary evokes fond memories of the prom

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, April 20, 2014 There it was lost and alone and tucked carefully away in my attic—a favorite, most trusted friend, “My Diary.” In this tattered, white book emerges all my most profound in sights and declaratives about the world as I saw it at…

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The Early Years of WGNS Radio (1940’s – 1960’s)

WGNSRadio.com A Good Neighbor Is Born As the New Year of 1947 approached, rural Rutherford County had a dramatically different feel than that of today. Approximately 8,000 persons populated the entire county. It was a big thing for the county to get its first radio station! Word is that on…

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Turning to the true meaning of Easter

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, April 6, 2014 The calendar can say it is spring. But in Idaho, it is not unusual to have a warm spring day, then the next day a cold gray cloud will cover the mountain range darkening the Western sky. Then suddenly, without warning,…

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Remembering Rutherford: Curious Smith/Wood odyssey concluded in Rutherford County

Greg Tucker, Daily News Journal, November 10, 2013 Oxford educated, Cambridge graduate, theologian, missionary, architect, author/ historian, teacher, Senate chaplain, skilled physician, politician— George Andrew Smith (1815-68), a/k/a A.T. Wood, was a man for all “seasons” on three continents. According to “A History of Rutherford County’s African American Community” by…

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Local efforts brought Japanese submarine

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Charged with the task of selling wartime government programs and war bonds to the American public, the War Advertising Council and the War Finance Committee sought to promote voluntary compliance with bond-buying quotas and rationing programs, while at the same time contributing…

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