1973 Smyrna Rescue Squad

Marty Luffman, Smyrna (TN) Historian, July 18, 2018 “For many years, Smyrna didn’t have doctors that worked during the evening and night shift, even though we had a hospital. We would transfer accident victims or any medical emergency, by Mr. Walter Hoover’s hearse to the Murfreesboro hospital. I was a…

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Coca-Cola Bottler Puts Cap on Long Presence

The Daily News Journal, March 30, 1994 (Many thanks to Bill Jakes, Postcards from Murfreesboro, Rutherford County Historical Society, Pictures and the Stories the Tell) Workers are demolishing the old Coca-Cola Plant on Southeast Broad Street – a sign that bottling the soft drink is becoming part of a bygone…

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Woman’s Club launches campaign to restore building

The Daily News Journal, July 8, 2018 The Woman’s Club of Murfreesboro, a local 501(c)(3) Public Charity, is in the midst of a Preservation Campaign of historic proportions to save its building located at 221 E. College St. Built in 1856, owned by The Woman’s Club since 1916, and listed…

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Obituary for local historian Elizabeth “Bettie” Cook

Elizabeth “Bettie” Clayton Cook, age 74 of Murfreesboro, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Alive Hospice, Murfreesboro.  She was a native of Murfreesboro and a descendant of Rutherford County and Murfreesboro’s earliest settlers. She was a daughter of the late James K. Clayton, Sr. and Frances Gerhardt Clayton. In…

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A history of the Rockvale Community Picnic after 91 years

Denise Carlton, the Daily News Journal, Rockvale Historical Society, July 3, 2018 On Wednesday, the oldest ongoing activity in the county continues in the Rockvale community. A grand tradition, the Rockvale Community Picnic is a neighborhood party of sorts, one with a lot of practice, going on since 1927. The…

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Banjo icon has roots in Rutherford County

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, July 2, 2018 Uncle Dave Macon is a symbol of Rutherford County.  The material on Dave’s life is unending, but we will explore some highlights of his fascinating journey and stellar career. David Harrison Macon was born in 1870 in Smartt Station on a…

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Rutherford County’s Eldest Resident Turns 107 Today

WGNS Radio, Murfreesboro, TN, June 19, 2018 Mary Soper was born in 1911 in Wayne County. Mary moved to Rutherford County in 1988. To help put that time period into perspective, William Howard Taft was our U.S. president.  This same year Ronald Reagan was born as was Tennessee Williams and…

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Bill Patterson and the Cedar Bucket Factory

June 18, 2018, Rutherford County Archive Building, Murfreesboro, Tennessee Bill Patterson’s family owned the old Cedar Bucket Factory in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The cedar industry in Rutherford County included buckets, pencils, cedar oil and many other products derived from the red cedar so very common in Rutherford County.    

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Local history documentary earns Telly Awards

The Murfreesboro Post, May 30, 2018 The 39th Annual Telly Awards has recognized the City of Murfreesboro’s local documentary “The House Still Standing” as winner in two categories – General Documentary and Biography. “The House Still Standing” tells the stories of Burrell Gannaway, one of Murfreesboro’s first aldermen, and King Daniel…

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