Condemned Man left message for Others

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, August 21, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society In 1936, Woodrow Medlock, an aspiring Baptist preacher driving an Austin, picked up a 26-year-old hitchhiker in Westvue, the Rutherford neighborhood “across the tracks” from central Murfreesboro.  The young passenger wanted…

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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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Bryant Grove Historical Marker Rededicated, June 18, 2011

Long hunter State Park, July 18, 2011 A special ceremony was held at Long Hunter State Park on Saturday, June 18, to rededicate the newly located Sherrod Bryant Tennessee Historical Marker. Bryant (1781-1854) was a farmer who settled in an area that later became known as Bryant Grove and is…

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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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