Murfreesboro Mayors: 26-30

February 1, 2019, A Series by Barry Lamb Palmer, Joseph Benjamin was born on November 1, 1825 in Rutherford County to William H. and Mildred Johns Palmer. The mother died when Palmer was a child and he was raised by his maternal grandparents, Joseph B. and Elizabeth Vaughan Johns, who…

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Memories of Mom and Old Jefferson

January/February Froe Chips, Written by Susan Harber As with so much of life, familial bonds are the essence of our time on this earth, in which some humans live well beyond a span of 100 years. The small core of kin is our ultimate heartfelt circle, whom we affiliate our…

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‘The Square’

January/February 2020, Froe Chips by Richard Stickney I was raised on the Square. I was just a kid, but that world belonged to me. I knew every alley and every secret that men kept. I knew who went where and why. I remember walking out of the Princess Theater when…

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Melvin Scarlett was Dynamic MTSU President

January 20, 2020, Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal The name ‘Scarlett’ has a Norman French origin and is a surname for ‘seller and dyer of rich, red expensive escarlate cloth.’ The first recorded spelling was derived from William Scarlet of Staffordshire (1185) in the Templar Records of England. Many…

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Alfred Miller Home

January 15, 2020, Renee Duke Miller Alfred Miller built this house on the corner of College and Academy Streets in Murfreesboro. Photo source: O.E. Camp Photo – 1930-1939 The walls of the three-story red brick are 14″ thick with a foundation of stone. There are two chimneys on each side…

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Smyrna Presbyterian was Founded in 1800 on Stewarts Creek

July 1, 2019, by Susan Harber Smyrna Presbyterian Church carries the original honored namesake of our town. The appellation was derived as one of the seven churches of Asia rendered from the writings of Apostle John in Revelation. Member Silas Tucker is known as the individual who personally extended a…

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