1948 Kittrell High School Basketball Team

January 14, 2021 RCHS Board Member Bill Wilson My father played basketball for Kittrell High School as shown in this 1948 photo. Metal detector enthusiast Wayne Reed is behind the ball and my father – Floyd Wilson – is to the right of him. Coach Jack Jarrett is top left.…

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Snowy Day on North Maple Street

January 11, 2021 by Local Historian Bill Jakes FROM BILL JAKES: “On a snowy day, much like today (ed. January 11, 2021), photographer Lee Lively took a stroll around town and snapped a few pictures. This photo was taken on North Maple Street, near the present day Rutherford County health…

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Raiders Claw Cats 50-44 in First-Ever NCAA Tournament Win!

March 11, 1982, Vanderbilt’s memorial Gynasium Story by Don Harris, Photo by Jack Ross NASHVILLE — “Maybe we were looked at as a sacrificial lamb,” Blue Raider head coach Stan “Ramrod” Simpson said of Middle Tennessee. “That lamb turned into a raging bull tonight.” The raging bull—Middle Tennessee State University’s…

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Jakes College, 1890-1904

JAKES COLLEGE 1890-1904 was south of the Woodbury Road on the east side of Weeks Road about 1/2 mile south of its intersection with Coleman Road. The school was named for Jake Zumbro who gave the land for the school. The schoolhouse was a frame building with a high, steep…

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General Thomas Benton Smith

December 28, Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal General Thomas Benton Smith was born in 1838 in a hamlet Mechanicsville (a few miles from DeWitt Jobe’s home). He experienced a fun, exciting, and uncomplicated childhood with cousins DeWitt Jobe and Dee Smith. Fate would tragically reveal a coming horizon, as…

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Possum Trot School, 1878-1896

POSSUM TROT SCHOOL 1878-1896 was located on a dirt road about 1.5 miles south of the old dirt Franklin Road and west of the present Coleman Hill Road. The site is marked on the Beers Map of 1878. The school was a one-room log building about twenty by twenty-four feet.…

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Rucker Seminary (Rucker), 1890-1926

RUCKER SEMINARY 1890-c 1926 was located about seven miles south of Murfreesboro on Rucker Road which runs east off the Murfreesboro-Shelbyville Highway. The school was on the north side of the road just east of the railroad and the intersection of the present Rucker-Christiana Road. In a deed dated July…

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De Jarnett School (Barfield), 1883-1893

DE JARNETT SCHOOL 1883 – c 1893 was on the east side of the West Fork of Stones River and on the north side of the road that runs from Barfield to the Shelbyville Highway. The name De Jarnett on the 1878 Beers Map shows the location of the farm.…

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Barfield Baptist Heralds 122 Years of Active Ministry

On November 15, 2020, Barfield Baptist Church realized a dream come true, as they celebrated a new expansive building at 550 Veterans Parkway in their new sanctuary. Today we will reflect on the earliest history of this special congregation. The hub of Barfield in primitive days included a general store,…

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Rockvale Public School, 1910-1927

ROCKVALE PUBLIC SCHOOL 1910-1927 was located halfway between Concord and Rockvale and was a consolidation of the two schools. The school was built on the west side of State Road 99 on the present campus. It opened as ROCKVALE CONSOLIDATED HIGH SCHOOL on Sept. 10, 1910 and finished the year…

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Rockvale School, 1874-1910

The first known ROCKVALE SCHOOL -c 1874 was a subscription school held in a two-story frame building believed to have been near the old telephone office. School quarters were on the lower floor; the upper floor was the Masonic Hall. Records of a school in the area date back to…

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Jackson Ridge School (Rockvale), 1890-1913

The JACKSON RIDGE SCHOOL 1890-c 1913 was located about two miles northwest of Versailles on the Jackson Ridge road. On August 13, 1890, T. L. Hendrix and wife deeded 151/160 acre of and for a school. The site was adjacent to the G. W. Burns or Ivey Phillips Burns farm…

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College at Maple Closed for Demolition of Pinnacle Financial Partners

December 7, 2020 WGNS Radio, Murfreesboro, Tennessee (MURFREESBORO) Demolition of the old five-story Pinnacle Financial Partners building on the corner of College and Maple Streets is underway. Murfreesboro Transportation Department’s Deputy Director Ram Balachandran told WGNS that College Street will be closed between Church and Maple Streets so that the…

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Chadwick School, (Cedar Grove) 1860-1936

CHADWICK SCHOOL 1860-c 1936 was on the Manchester Highway about two miles north of the Rutherford-Bedford County line. It was on the east side of the road and about 100 yards south of the Chadwick cemetery. On April 2, 1860, Alexander Downing deeded to B. L. Chadwick, Trustee, one-half acre…

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