Couple in 80s finds it’s never too late for love

Nancy De Gennaro, Daily News Journal, June 19, 2016 MURFREESBORO — To hear John Oldham and Frances Victory talk about their first meeting is almost like listening to teenagers. With his arm wrapped around her tightly, he grinned from ear to ear as she spoke. She giggled as they shared…

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Smith made his mark on primitive Rutherford County

Susan Harber, Daily News Journal, June 19, 2016 Bennett Smith is not a proverbial name to historians, yet this pioneering settler shaped our Rutherford County of today.  Smith was a man of strengths and weaknesses and was definitely rough-hewn and unpolished as a wealthy and influential leader.  Maj. Smith was…

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Quilts covered a lot of ground in county’s history

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, May 8, 2016 I have always been fascinated by quilting as an artistic expression in Rutherford County. Both my grandmother Emily Johns and great-grandmother Helen Johns of Smyrna hand-quilted all of their lives. The historical value of these treasures is highly valued as a…

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History swirled around Whitehall Plantation, Boxwood

Susan Harber, Daily News Journal, April 24, 2016 Once heralded as majestic beacons of our county, two time-honored homes include the former Whitehall Plantation and Boxwood still standing today. These homes represent a back story of historical timeline and are special to our heritage. Whitehall was built around 1840 by…

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Johns loved Rutherford County from first breath

Susan Harber, Daily News Journal, March 27, 2016 When I reflect on extraordinary Rutherford County icons Hardy Murfree, James Buchanan, Robert Weakley, Alfred Blackman and Sampson Keeble, I now add one more significant individual named Ernest King Johns to a list of superhuman personas. For more than 200 years, great…

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Possum Trot, a place called home

Rhonda Kay, The Murfreesboro Post, March 15, 2016 Does Possum Trot exist in Rutherford County? Of course it does. We just had the “Possum Trot Community” sign erected. If you head toward Franklin, Tenn., on Highway 96, make a left on Rehobath Road and you’ll run slap dab into it.…

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