Espey family and Espeyland are part of local history

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, November 20, 2017 James Espey of Smyrna was born to Robert and Rachel Espey in 1758 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. Robert lived in Jefferson in the 1780s.  He received a land grant in 1784 for Espeyland when this land was a section of Davidson…

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Ben “Buddy” Brown Passes Away

WGNS Radio, Murfreesboro, TN, November 10, 2017 Lascassas icon Ben “Buddy” Brown, Jr. has passed away. Brown and his wife Linda operated Brown’s Store on Lascassas Highway, a community meeting place, complete with regulars, gossipers and bologna sandwiches. Buddy and Linda operated the store from 1981 until the store closed…

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Storyteller Marty Luffman shares haunted history

Dan Epright, the Murfreesboro Post, October 24, 2017 Marty Luffman is a character, no two ways about it, and a Smyrna fixture with lots of irons in the fire.  At least two of the State Farm Insurance agent’s irons are “shootin’ irons” as he competes in mounted shooting competitions, or at…

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Newton Cannon and a Cannonsburgh Fish Tale

Greg Tucker, ‘Rutherford For Real’ Ed Note: ‘Rutherford for Real‘ is available through the Rutherford County Historical Society for only $20. It has been often said and written that Murfreesboro was first named ‘Cannonsburgh’.  Technically, this is NOT correct. Indeed, the only location or entity in Rutherford County to ever…

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What happened to the woman who brought Greenway to Murfreesboro?

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, September 7, 2017 Beloved environmental advocate Bertha Chrietzberg of Murfreesboro has died.  She was 97.  Chrietzberg was instrumental in preserving some of what are now considered Rutherford County’s most popular natural resources, including the Stones River Greenway System. The analogy of planting seeds is a…

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Famed Gen. Ben McCulloch had his roots in Jefferson

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, August 28, 2017 Ben McCulloch, a military maverick, was born in Jefferson on November 11, 1811.  He gained fame in the Texas Revolution, Mexican War (as a Texas Ranger) and as a Confederate general in the Civil War. Ben’s parents were Maj. Alexander McCulloch…

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