1960 – Keep Pace with City’s Rapid March of Progress

1960, January Tennessee Law Enforcement Journal Murfreesboro’s 23-man police force is not only keeping pace with the city’s rapid march of progress, but in the same light finds time to express itself as a sincere civic minded organization. The department headed by veteran Chief Claude Vance was instrumental in the…

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Ridley McLean was a Navy Rear Admiral in World War I

November 4, 2019, Susan Harbor, Daily News Journal The knowledge of a two-star Admiral growing up in Murfreesboro escaped me until recently. This single man originated superior Naval tactician precept and was the mastermind of the Navy we have today. Rear Admiral Ridley McLean was born an only child to…

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WZTV: The story of the ‘Human Fly’

November 1, 2019, Dennis Ferrier, WZTV (Channel 17) MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WZTV) — The Rutherford County Courthouse on the square in Murfreesboro is pure southern charm. One of just a handful of pre-Civil War courthouses left in the state of Tennessee. Imagine the stories the building could tell … We’re going to…

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Spirits still linger at Smyrna’s Sam Davis Home

October 31, 2019, Linda Ong, WKRN TV, Nashville, Tennessee SMYRNA, Tenn. (WKRN) — For News 2’s Haunted Tennessee special, we took a tour of the home of Confederate soldier Sam Davis. Spread across 168 acres in Smyrna, sits the house and farm of the Davis family. Jenny Lamb works as the Executive…

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Murfreesborough Foremothers

Daughters of the American Revolution, Col. Hardy Murfree Chapter Sally Brickell married  Col. Hardy  Murfree in 1780,  birthed 10, raised 7 children.  Six of the Hardy Murfree children inherited property in or around what became ”Murfreesborough’ Fanny Noailles Murfree, born 1783, married David Dickinson 1799, inherited 1,000 acres north of Murfreesborough which became her home “Grantlands”. Mary Moore Murfree, born 1786, married Isaac Hilliard…

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8,000 Bales of Cotton Produced in the County

October 1, 1939, The Daily News Journal According to a survey conducted last week, an average of approximately 8,000 bales of cotton are grown annually in Rutherford County. Four large gins in Murfreesboro produce an average of 1,500 bales each, while two concerns at Smyrna and Walter Hill report annual…

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Jefferson School Reunion

October 19, 2019, by Frank Caperton, from the Davenport Barn, Smyrna, Tennessee WOW – what a turnout for the Jefferson School Reunion held at the ‘Davenport Barn, on Rock Springs Road, Smyrna, TN. The last class to attend Jefferson School was 1966, as the Percy Priest Reservoir project took its…

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