North Maney Avenue Home First to Qualify for Tax Abatement

May 8, 2020, Greg Tucker, Rutherford County Historian Congratulations to RCHS Secretary Bonnie Black! Her home at 513 North Maney Avenue, Murfreesboro, is the first historic property approved under the new Rutherford County Historic Properties Tax Abatement program. The Maney Avenue home, known as the Fulghum-Nuell House, is in one…

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Black Gnat Academy, 1850-1881

BLACK GNAT ACADEMY 1850-1881 was about four miles west of Murfreesboro on the Franklin Road. The school was on the west bank of Overall Creek, two hundred or three hundred yards north of the bridge. The site is shown on the Beers Map of 1878. Col. James Moore King, son…

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Silver Spring School (Black), 1891-1959

SILVER SPRING SCHOOL BLACK 1891-1959 was on the east side of Florence Road which runs north of the Nashville Highway. The site was near the river, just south of the intersection of Wade Herrod Road. It was next to achurch. On August 28, 1891, a deed for one and one-half…

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Jefferson School, 1850-1878

JEFFERSON SCHOOL 1850-1878 was on the south side of Jefferson Pike and east of the village. It was near the old Ridley or Davis flour mill and on a lotwhich had been owned by Robert Weakley. The site is indicated on the Beers Map of 1878. The one-room building was…

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Charles Davis School (black), closed 1895

CHARLES DAVIS SCHOOL BLACK closed 1895 was “built in a green pasture before the creek to Guild Hill corner and on the property of Charles Davis.” It was in the area of Old Jefferson. The school was a one-room, one-teacher school. The last teacher was Kitty Howse. Turner Peebles, 87…

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Agee’s Aggravators, 1969

October 21, 1969, The Daily News Journal Were YOU an Agee’s ‘Agrivator’? Who remembers L.D. Agee? Mr. Agee was an icon of giving throughout Rutherford County. Mr. Agee opened Agee’s Sporting Goods at 312 North Maple Street, present day Judicial Center (2020), moving to the Mercury Blvd. location in 1989.

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1971 Optimist Club – James Bragg, Andy Womack, J.C. Youree

November 18, 1971, The Daily News Journal James Bragg and J.C. Youree, shown with Andy Womack, President of the optimist Club, have been selected chairmen of ad sales for the District Basketball Tournament Program. Proceeds from the sales go to finance Little League, Junior-Pro Basketball, Girl’s Softball and other activities…

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Paw Paw Springs School, 1885-1920

PAW PAW SPRINGS SCHOOL before 1885-c 1920 was on the east side of the present Paw Paw Spring Road, also called Freeman Lee Road, and about three-fourths mile south of its intersection with the Del Thomas Road. According to Eugenia Price Lee Webb, the building was first a church andwas…

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Mt. View School, 1874-???

MT. VIEW SCHOOL 1874-???. On December 12, 1874, Richard Benson deeded one-fourth acre of land to School Trustees Peter Ross, Richard Ross, Booker Ross, and Abram Ross for a school. The school was in the Fourth District and was to be called the MT. VIEW SCHOOLHOUSE. On the same date…

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Locke’s School (Black) 1878-1965

LOCKE’S SCHOOL was built on land given by Charles Locke for a school and a church. It was on the south side of Spanntown Road just west of its intersection with the Almaville Road. There have been several school buildings. At first the school was taught in the church. In…

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1968 – The 300 block of S.E. Broad Street

The billboard reads ‘Bill Will Build Better Roads’; W.H. ‘Bill’ Wilson.  Bill Wilson was Sheriff Wilson in 1968, then decided to run for Road Superintendent. Mr. Wilson edged out incumbent Edwin Todd 5,715 to 5,366 in the May 12, 1968 Democratic primary.  11,144 Rutherford Countians voted in the Democratic primary…

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The “Rotary Ann’s” of Murfreesboro

The Daily News Journal, May 7, 1934 The Rotary Anns are mentioned 108 times in the Daily News Journal, dating from 1927 till 1972, meeting at locations such as the Women’s Club, the James K. Polk Hotel, Middle Tennessee State Teachers College (present day MTSU), even the old Seward Air…

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I.P. ‘Ivey’ Burns & Son General Store, Rockvale, Tennessee

Ivey P. ‘Pap’ Burns (b August 27, 1823) & Son (George Washington Burns) General Store, built 1865. This old fashioned country store was a center of activity in the Everglade Community on Jackson Ridge Road near Rockvale. ‘Pap’ Burns sold items such as hardware, coffee, livestock feed, sugar, etc. G.W.…

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Boring School, 1885-1919

BORING SCHOOL 1885-c 1919 was located in District 4 on the west side of the Almaville-Smyrna Road at the intersection of Burnt Knob Road. Sterling Brown Boring and wife Elizabeth on October 10, 1885, sold one-half acre of land to William T. Edwards, Richard K. Spann, and James L. Andersonfor…

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Smyrna High School, aka ‘The Rock School’, 1920-1976

SMYRNA HIGH “ROCK” SCHOOL, the new SMYRNA HIGH SCHOOL and later the SMYRNA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1920-1976, was built on the site of the old SMYRNA FITTING SCHOOL and the frame SMYRNA HIGH SCHOOL on Dudley Street. The modern building was acquired through the efforts of Dr. J.S. Lowry and the…

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La Vergne School, 1877-1884

LA VERGNE SCHOOL 1877-1884 was bound on the southwest by the Nashville-Murfreesboro Turnpike, on the east by W.M. Walden, and on the northwest by W. G. Akin. The names W.M. Walden and W. G. Akin are on the 1878 Beers Map. On January 4, 1877, James M. Cowley and wife…

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Sinking Creek School 1843-1924

SINKING CREEK SCHOOL 1843-1924 was in District 2, north of La Vergne and east of the present Stones River Road. The school was near Dr. Ewing’s and Judge William Mason’s homes in the present Hollandale area. The SINKING CREEK SCHOOL was also the Sinking Creek Church until theHollandale Church was…

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