At long last rest in peace

Shirley Farris Jones, The Murfreesboro Post, August 14, 2011 Almost a hundred miles from his home and nearly 149 years after his death, the remains of a Jackson County Confederate soldier, who died during the first day’s fighting at the Battle of Stones River, will finally receive the respectful recognition…

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Hanging was an ‘Outrageous Spectacle’

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, August 6, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society They thronged to the island event in 1880 to see an execution … and perhaps a resurrection. For several years beginning in 1878, Rutherford County homes and businesses were victimized by…

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First Documented Execution was in 1813

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, July 24, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society In 19th Century Tennessee, the imposition of punishment, including capital punishment, was the responsibility of county authorities.   Common law required the death penalty for first degree murder, and permitted the same…

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College President Outgunned ‘Assassinators’

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, July 10, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society The attempted “assassination” was a near miss with the intended victim taking out two of his antagonists. As it did for most businesses and institutions of that time, the Depression severely…

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Teachers Strike, County Court Overwhelmed

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, June 26, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Professionals entrusted with meeting the needs of children do not resort to labor union tactics, strikes and picket lines – except as a last resort.  Then they win! In summer of…

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Dr. ‘Seat Belt’ Oral History, April 20, 2004

Dr. Robert Grayson, MD, American Academy of Pediatrics, April 20, 2004 This most wonderful interview can be downloaded as a PDF file at www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/Pediatric-History-Center/Documents/Sanders.pdf Interviewed by Robert Grayson, MD, April 20, 2004, Murfreesboro, Tennessee This interview was supported by donations from the following institutions and individuals: Phyllis F. Agran, MD, MPH, FAAP Marilyn J. Bull,…

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Tennessee Waltzed in, then out of Union

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, June 5, 2011 By Jonathan Fagan “All we ask is to be let alone,” said Jefferson Davis, February 18, 1861 upon delivering his inaugural address as President of the Confederate States of America from the portico of the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery. …

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County Agrees on Courthouse Demolition

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, May 30, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society “Now how about a better courthouse,” headlined the Rutherford Courier in April 1937. Focusing on the Depression Era square, the local newspaper observed: “A bare, worn, dusty surface is what we…

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City, church grew up in shadow of each other

Dan Whittle, The Murfreesboro Post, May 22, 2011 Wartime destruction or devastating tornadoes could not keep the doors shut at Murfreesboro’s historic First Presbyterian Church. Murfreesboro, the name, came before formation of First Presbyterian, but barely.  “When Capt. William Lytle donated 60 acres for downtown from the 1,200-acre grant ordered…

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High School Frats Focused on Dancing

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, May 15, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society It was about fellowship, but mostly it was the dances. The Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega was the first high school fraternity in Rutherford County.  The national SPO organization was…

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