Civil War: Women faced danger in roles as spies

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Shirley Farris Jones, March 23, 2008 Second of three partsWhen one thinks of a Civil War soldier, a male image usually comes to mind. And, men fought the war largely, but not exclusively. Long ago, someone arrived at a ballpark figure of about 300…

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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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Bradley Academy gets $50,000

The Murfreesboro Post, October 30, 2007 Rutherford County state legislators presented a $50,000 grant to the Bradley Academy Museum recently. The funds will help renovate the museum. From left are board member Linda Hardymon, state Rep. Kent Coleman, board member Margaret Davis, state Sen. Jim Tracy, board chair Katie Wilson,…

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