Rutherford County Hosted “Three Wicked Witches”

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, October 25, 2009 This is Part Three of Three Part One, Part Two By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society Two sisters, Virginia Wardlaw and Mary Wardlaw Snead, raised in a prominent and wealthy southern family, earned wide respect…

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Diamonds Revived Murder Mystery

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, October 18, 2009 This is Part Two of Three Part One, Part Three By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society Two distinguished educators — sisters Virginia Wardlaw and Mary W. Snead — brought Soule Female College to national prominence by…

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Sinister Soule Sisters Leave Lock Box

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, October 11, 2009 This is Part One of Three Part Two, Part Three By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society Were the valuables found in the First National Bank of Murfreesboro lock box in 1930 related to the bathtub…

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Griffin Rutherford drove away Indians, bought land

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, October 11, 2009 By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society As part of the 1776 campaign to clear the Cherokee from the region that is now upper east Tennessee, General Griffith Rutherford, with a militia of 2,400, “destroyed thirty-six…

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Transportation was Major Concern in Early Days

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, September 27, 2009 By Mike West, Managing Editor In Rutherford County’s early days, getting from one point to another was a major concern. Yep, we are talking about roads, which in the early days, weren’t much more than paths created by landowners and…

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In Search of Uriah Stone

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Sunday, July 19, 2009 Maybe the name Uriah Stone tickles something in your memory? But more likely, not. Uriah was perhaps the first white man to travel up the stream now named in his honor. Yes, Stones River is named after this…

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When Elvis was King, Murphy ruled

The Murfreesboro Post, Erin Edgemon Elvis Presley, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, The Who, The Beach Boys and Garth Brooks; all are legendary musicians who have sold millions of records. But there’s something else that these performers have in common. They all performed at Murphy Center on the MTSU campus during…

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Top 10 riotous acts of Rutherford County

Michelle Willard, The Murfreesboro Post, October 26, 2008 Inspired by the upcoming holiday, The Murfreesboro Post decided to take a closer look at the darker side of human nature. We researched the Top 10 (11, because it’s what we do) crimes and punishment in our county’s 205 years of existence.…

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From Wife to Widow in 630 days

Shirley Farris Jones, The Murfreesboro Post, January 6, 2008 Gen. John Hunt Morgan made his miraculous escape from the Columbus, Ohio prison on Nov. 27, 1863 (the day his daughter was born) and managed to reach his beloved wife Mattie in time for Christmas. It was later felt that John’s…

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