Burrus Cemetery and a Little History

Froe Chips, January/February 2019, by Carol Robertson White There are two Burrus family cemeteries in Rutherford County. One Burrus cemetery is nestled dab smack in the middle of Cherry Lane Acres, with residential homes built all around. The cemetery is guarded by an iron fence and was restored years ago…

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For two decades, Huddlestons fed West Vine neighbors

Froe Chips, January/February 2019, Rutherford County Historian Greg Tucker Before World War II, Homer Huddleston and his wife Effie lived in a rented “shotgun house” in Westvue, the working class neighborhood west of the railroad tracks in Murfreesboro. Their home was on the southwest corner of the Mill and Dosie…

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Sharing the ‘Dixie Dewdrop’ Story

Ken Beck, the Murfreesboro Post, December 26, 2018 “And now friends we present Uncle Dave Macon, the Dixie Dewdrop, with his plug hat, gold teeth, chin whiskers, gates-ajar color and that million-dollar Tennessee smile. Let her go Uncle Dave!” To his sons and grandchildren he was known as “Pap,” but…

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Reeves-Sain Drug Store, thanks for the Memories

Jason Reynolds, The Murfreesboro Post, December 11, 2018 No one knows quite how long the Walking Eagles breakfast club has been meeting, but all agree it has been 20 years or so.  Now, the club that was based at Reeves-Sain is meeting at Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits on Memorial…

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Knox Ridley served as dynamic Smyrna leader

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, November 19, 2018 Knox Ridley and his twin brother, Sam, served Smyrna as progressive mayors over a 50-year time frame. Knox Ridley, an exceptional man, was a member of the dynasty that molded Smyrna into the progressive city we have today.  Knox was our…

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Chuck Taylor remembered as great athlete

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, November 5, 2018 When I reflect on a current baseball success story from our county, I immediately think of Sonny Gray, pitcher for the New York Yankees, who attended Smyrna High with my children. Yet another sensation of the mid-20th century will rest in…

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Joseph Palmer a compelling general in Civil War

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, October 22, 2018 The namesake Palmer originated with the Norman Conquest of 1066.  This signature name was brought to England by the Normans and has a meaning of “pilgrim who carries palm branches back from the Holy Land.” The sobriquet of Palmer represented a…

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