A greeting card sealed the big deal

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Erin Edgemon, Business Editor, March 9, 2009 A greeting card sent in 1953 wishing the president and the entire State Farm Insurance corporation a Merry Christmas sealed the deal to bring the first major white-collar employer to Murfreesboro. But it wasn’t a normal Christmas…

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Stones River: A look at the first day of battle

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor, March 2, 2008 Editor’s Note: To put our ongoing coverage of the Civil War in perspective, here is a brief recounting of the Battle of Stones River hitting upon some key points. Why fight at Murfreesboro? Only 2,500 people lived…

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Black Southerners in Confederate gray

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, December 21, 2007 February marks the beginning of Black History Month – a remembrance of important people and events of African American origin that began in 1926. There have been many major contributions to our nation and to our society by black Americans some…

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Oaklands, Murfree Springs wetlands boosted

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, December 21, 2007 U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon has secured federal funding to protect green spaces and wetlands in Rutherford County. Legislation passed by Congress includes $1.8 million to complete ecosystem restoration work on the grounds of the Oaklands Historic House Museum and protect the…

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Developer honored for preserving historic Marymount House

Murfreesboro Post, November 6, 2007 ParkTrust Development, a local community developer since 1974, was recently honored with the 2007 Statewide Preservation Award given by the Tennessee Preservation Trust. ParkTrust received the award for its preservation of the Marymont House located on Rucker Lane in Murfreesboro. The Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT)…

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Heritage group rededicates historic monument

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Michelle Willard, Managing Editor, October 25, 2007 Local historians and civic leaders wished Rutherford County a happy 204th birthday Thursday morning at the historic courthouse. “It’s just an exciting day for Rutherford County and the Heritage Partnership to celebrate to county’s history,” said Kay…

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APTA to honor four historic buildings today

By Michelle Willard, Murfreesboro Post, October 21, 2007 Four historic Murfreesboro buildings are honored by the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities (APTA) today. The APTA will place markers outside the East Main Street homes of Matt and Pat Ward, Jim and Marietta Bishop and APTA Rutherford County Chapter…

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A spirited search for respect

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Erin Edgemon, Business Editor, October 7, 2007 Not all ghosts are out to frighten those who come in contact with them; sometimes they just want to have a little spirited fun. But the spirits who are said to haunt the former Book Rack building…

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Rutherford Countians fought in 1776

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor, July 1, 2007 Editor’s note: While we don’t profess that this is a complete list, here are 91 Revolutionary War veterans who collected pensions in Rutherford County. Contrary to popular opinion, Rutherford County’s history didn’t begin with the Civil War.…

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