Volunteers add 1,000 plants near battlefield

The Murfreesboro Post, March 12, 2012 Local volunteers added nearly 1,000 plants Saturday near the site of one of the bloodiest engagements of the Battle of Stones River. Volunteers from the Stones River Watershed Association, MTSU School of Agribusiness and Agriscience, the Backpacking class, and the Master Gardeners of Rutherford…

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Battlefield history aids economy

Michelle Willard, The Murfreesboro Post, March 8, 2012 Stones River National Battlefield wasn’t only important to the course of the Civil War, it’s also important to the course of Rutherford County. According to a new National Park Service report, more than 187,000 visitors in 2010 spent $9.3 million in Stones…

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Murfreesboro: Then and Now

Jonathan Fagan, the Murfreesboro Post, March 1, 2012 A new locally authored book is giving readers a chance to see historic images of Rutherford County and Murfreesboro for the first time. Proceeds from the sale of “Murfreesboro, Then & Now” will benefit Read To Succeed’s adult literacy program. The project…

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Uncle Dave is smiling

Patsy Weiler, The Murfreesboro Post, February 26, 2012 Uncle Dave Macon Days, the nationally recognized music and dance festival, will honor two performers known for their love and mastery of the banjo during this year’s event, held July 13-15. Grand Ole Opry star Mike Snider will be presented the 2012…

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Meaning of History

Jonathan Fagan, Murfreesboro Post, February 5, 2012 Rutherford County produced Tennessee’s first black legislator, and that fact was a complete surprise to current state Rep. Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna), who happened upon this bit of local history while touring the Stones River National Battlefield. Sparks said he became interested in the story…

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Arnette Family hands over keys to Ransom School

Thanks to the generosity of the heirs of late author and Murfreesboro historian C.B. Arnette, the Rutherford County Historical Society has a new home. Cheryl Arnette Sommardahl, C.B.’s daughter, handed the keys to the refurbished Ransom School to members of the Rutherford County Historical Society at the structure on Academy…

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Signs for the future point to past

Gina Logue, Murfreesboro Post, August 14, 2011 In a society where billboards blanketed the landscape long before the creation of the interstate highway system, it seems counterintuitive to suggest that signage could be a positive, attractive addition to a city or county. The interpretive signs added to specific points in…

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De-constructing MTMC

Melinda Hudgens, Murfreesboro Post, July 31, 2011 For the past few months, crews have been working to deconstruct the original Middle Tennessee Medical Center near downtown Murfreesboro. Only recently have residents seen changes to the exterior of the hospital, as most of work up to this point has been inside…

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My Pennsylvania Roots

Shirley Farris Jones, Murfreesboro Post, July 17, 2011 Summer is always a good time for family reunions, discovering who we are, and why or how we came to be where we consider “home.” Reconnecting with long-lost relatives can be a discovery in and of itself. This was the case when I…

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Rutherford Rifles fire true

Murfreesboro Post, Jonathon Fagan, July 17, 2011 July rarely deviates from its prescribed humid misery and July of 1861 was no exception. Few among us could imagine experiencing the heat of this past week without air conditioning or refrigeration. Fewer still could even fathom donning a heavy wool uniform and…

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