Monday, July 15, 7:00PM

Monday, July 15, Rutherford County Archive, 435 Rice Street: Tim James will present the amazing journey of his father – Edsel Ford James – and the Three Ten Pipe and Tobacco Shop once located on East main Street.

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Plans FINALIZED To Develop 1-Square Block Downtown

June 28, 2019, WGNS Radio (MURFREESBORO) The City of Murfreesboro finalized the closing Friday (6/28/2019) with One East College, LLC on downtown property for the area’s first mixed-use development. The development, on property known as the former First United Methodist Church location, will incorporate office, residential, retail, restaurant, and hotel…

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Historian – Community Leader Frank Caperton Honored

June 27, 2019, WGNS Radio State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) recognized Frank Caperton of Murfreesboro with a House Proclamation for his outstanding work as president of the Rutherford County Historical Society and his leadership in the local community. Caperton moved to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to attend Middle Tennessee State University in…

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WOMAN’S CLUB: Have Fun While Preserving History!

June 15, 2019, WGNS Radio (MURFREESBORO) The Woman’s Club of Murfreesboro is hosting its 2nd Annual Legacy Gathering fundraiser to preserve their historic house is set for 5-9PM on Saturday evening, July 20, 2019 at the Tasty Table, 215 North Church Street. This event is being underwritten by The Villages…

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Monday, June 17, 7:00PM

Monday, June 17, Rutherford County Archive, 435 Rice Street: Senator Andy Womack will be sharing his experiences from Central high School, to his service in Vietnam, to his twelve years as a senator in the Tennessee General Assembly. Andy and his family moved to Murfreesboro in 1957 when Andy where…

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5,000 persons see Armistice Day Air Show at Sky Harbor

November 11, 1929, The Murfreesboro News Banner (Editor note: We found this article when conducting a search for ‘how old is the Smyrna Air Show???’. This is the first article we could find containing the words ‘air show’.) BTW, the old Sky Harbor Airport was once located near the northwest…

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Rutherford County creates program to incentivize preservation

WKRN, Channel 2, May 30, 2019 RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Rutherford County is aiming to incentivize preservation.  Government officials told News 2 that their Historic Properties Tax Exemption program will be taking applicants by this fall.  “It’s a temporary exemption on the improvement of a historic structure for anything from ten…

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Great find caused by meeting at National Cemetery

Matt Bolch, The Daily News Journal, March 31, 1989 A coincidental meeting at the Stones River National Cemetery led to a great find about the Park. About four years ago while having a program at the cemetery, Superintended Don Magee noticed a falimy putting a pot of yellow mums on…

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Gen. Palmer renowned for bravery, fidelity

Mike West, Daily News Journal, March 31, 1989 Even the most probing look at the old Palmer residence on East Main Street does little to reveal the character of the battle-scarred general who built it. Joseph benjamin Palmer, lawyer turned soldier, built the massive Victorian-styled structure following the Civil War…

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Skatecenter of Murfreesboro

Daily News Journal, March 31, 1989 Mid-State Roller Rink began operation in Rutherford County on April 1, 1955. It was located on Lascassas Hwy. (now the Old Lascassas Hwy.) in a 5,000 square foot building located at the intersection of Northfield Blvd and Old Lascassas Hwy. One June 6, 1960,…

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Davis was a brave man who laughed ’til the end

Sam Stockard, The Daily News Journal, March 31, 1989 “He was a brave man, and if ever a man died game, he did, for he talked and laughed with his executioners till the very last.” Ironically, the words were written by a Union soldier after he witnessed the hanging in…

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Rutherford painfully aware of heritage

John McGlone, The Daily News Journal, March 31, 1989 Commentary from Dr. John McGlone, Middle Tennessee State University Southerners are acutely – sometimes painfully – aware of their heritage, and Rutherford Countians are no exception. The 30th century is often perceived as too crowded, fast-paced, stressful and less genteel, while…

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Bart Walker speaks on the history of Local Radio

Monday, May 20, 2019, Rutherford County Archive Building The Rutherford County Historical Society held its monthly meeting at 7:00 o’clock Monday (5/20/2019) night and WGNS’ Bart Walker shared the history of Murfreesboro’s first radio station. Walker noted, “WGNS rang-in the New Year of 1947, a time when there were no…

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Greg Tucker receives due recognition

Monday, May 20, 2019, WGNS Radio Last night’s program featured Bart Walker of WGNS Radio. WHAT A PROGRAM!!! We also witnessed a special treat at State Representative Mike Sparks and Smyrna Historian Marty Luffman presented Rutherford County Historian Greg Tucker a State proclamation thanking Greg for his dedication to OUR…

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Happy 200th Anniversary: Bradley’s Creek Baptist

May 15, 2019, WGNS Radio This coming Sunday (5/19/2019) is a day that will long be remembered by the congregation at Bradley Creek Baptist Church in the Lascassas community. That flock celebrates a major milestone, a special 1:00 o’clock afternoon service is planned to celebrate their bicentennial. Their historic structure…

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Edmonds of Eagleville known as a master inventor

May 7, 2019, Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal Thomas Edison once said, “I never did perfect an invention I did not think of in terms of service to others … I find what the world needs and proceed to invent.” Today, those same words are strongly applicable to our…

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