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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Early Water Source – Sand Spring – Now a City Drain

‘Remembering Rutherford’ by Greg Tucker, Rutherford County Historian Sand Spring, once a place of natural beauty and later an urban ‘mud hole’ is now part of a protected wetland and educational resource.  where water was once drawn, water is now discharged. When the Tennessee General Assembly appointed seven town commissions…

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Historic trail segment found ‘high and dry’

Duane W. Gang, The Tennessean, September 30, 2012 Hidden portion of Trail of Tears is rediscovered In the woods of the East Fork Recreation Area in northern Rutherford County – amid aging rock walls and the crumbled remnants of old streets – Pat Cummins and Toye Heape are rediscovering the…

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Confederate later became Army General

As published by the Daily News Journal, Greg Tucker, Sunday, September 23, 2012 This Confederate raider swept twice through Rutherford County intercepting Union supplies, delaying Union advances and destroying bridges. Thirty-five years later he was a brigadier general in the U. S. Army, commanding a division in the Spanish-American War.…

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Lake part of Todd plan to attract VA

As published by the Daily News Journal, Greg Tucker, Sunday, August 26, 2012 A shrewd attorney, businessman and politician, Andrew Lee Todd established his fortune and reputation in the years preceding World War I. Over the next two decades, he profited from every venture, except for two notable failures. From…

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