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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Son writes book about Dr. Seatbelt’s legacy

The Murfreesboro Post, May 31, 2008 More than 8,700 children are alive today thanks to the tireless lobbying efforts of the late pediatrician Murfreesboro Dr. Robert Sanders. Sanders and his wife, Pat, lobbied the Tennessee Legislature for several years to pass the nations first child passenger seat law in 1977. …

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Doctor Seatbelt’s landmark act remembered

The Murfreesboro Post, January 18, 2008 More than 30 years ago, Dr. Robert Sanders of Murfreesboro became a passionate advocate for child safety and led the effort to protect children while riding in automobiles. This month marks the 30th anniversary of the nations first child safety seat law.  Tennessee was…

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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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The President is coming to … old Murfreesborough

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, December 16, 2007 By Mike West, Managing Editor Murfreesboro is in the midst of a joyous Christmas celebration, 2007 style. Some 145 years earlier, the jubilation was similar, but for a much different reason. The President was coming to the bustling little town…

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New movie brings life to Jesse James legend

The Murfreesboro Post, October 21, 2007 Did Jesse James – that most infamous of American outlaws – once live in Rutherford County? The life and death of James, an ex-Confederate partisan, is the focus of a new motion picture starring Brad Pitt. The movie pitches Jesse as one of America’s…

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CSA Scout Dewitt Jobe died horrible death

MURFREESBORO POST, MIKE WEST, 10/07/2007 Most Rutherford County school children have at least been exposed to the story of Sam Davis, “the boy hero of the Confederacy.” Davis was a member of Coleman’s Scouts, a unit that worked behind Union lines collecting and delivering information and disrupting Union operations in…

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These veterans fought for independence

Mike West , The Murfreesboro Post, June 29, 2007 Editors note: Due to the impending Independence Day holiday, we thought it might be appropriate to write about Rutherford countians who fought in another war. Contrary to popular opinion Rutherford County’s history didn’t begin with the Civil War.  In fact, a…

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General’s visit here was ‘farce’

Sam Stockard, The Daily news Journal, October 10, 2006 Fifty-five years ago, Martin “Marty” McCullough was working security for Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s visit to Murfreesboro when his National Guard detail grew suddenly tougher. McCullough, who was 19 at the time and serving in the Guard while attending Vanderbilt, was assigned…

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