The First Five Mayors of Murfreesboro

March/April, 2019 Froe Chips, Barry Lamb 1818- Haskell, Joshua was born, according to an unverified source on April 9, 1786 in Providence, Rhode Island. He came to Davidson County, Tennessee before 1811 as he appears on a tax list there during that year. It is believed that he came to…

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In Pursuit of Life and Liberty

Parri Ordoubadian, The Daily News Journal, June 25, 1978 A couple of years ago helping a refugee adjust to this country was the latest rage. The influx of Laotian refugees into this country was one of the biggest topics of conversation. But, just like any other fad, the word ‘refugee’…

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Burrus Cemetery and a Little History

Froe Chips, January/February 2019, by Carol Robertson White There are two Burrus family cemeteries in Rutherford County. One Burrus cemetery is nestled dab smack in the middle of Cherry Lane Acres, with residential homes built all around. The cemetery is guarded by an iron fence and was restored years ago…

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For two decades, Huddlestons fed West Vine neighbors

Froe Chips, January/February 2019, Rutherford County Historian Greg Tucker Before World War II, Homer Huddleston and his wife Effie lived in a rented “shotgun house” in Westvue, the working class neighborhood west of the railroad tracks in Murfreesboro. Their home was on the southwest corner of the Mill and Dosie…

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Sharing the ‘Dixie Dewdrop’ Story

Ken Beck, the Murfreesboro Post, December 26, 2018 “And now friends we present Uncle Dave Macon, the Dixie Dewdrop, with his plug hat, gold teeth, chin whiskers, gates-ajar color and that million-dollar Tennessee smile. Let her go Uncle Dave!” To his sons and grandchildren he was known as “Pap,” but…

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Reeves-Sain Drug Store, thanks for the Memories

Jason Reynolds, The Murfreesboro Post, December 11, 2018 No one knows quite how long the Walking Eagles breakfast club has been meeting, but all agree it has been 20 years or so.  Now, the club that was based at Reeves-Sain is meeting at Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits on Memorial…

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Knox Ridley served as dynamic Smyrna leader

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, November 19, 2018 Knox Ridley and his twin brother, Sam, served Smyrna as progressive mayors over a 50-year time frame. Knox Ridley, an exceptional man, was a member of the dynasty that molded Smyrna into the progressive city we have today.  Knox was our…

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