National Register of Historic Places – Smith-Sanders Farm

August 2, 2018, National Register of Historic Places The ‘National Register’ is a phenomenal source of information regarding historic homes.  Search their database and you will find 49 properties as of August 2, 2018. The following ‘Register’ entry is dated January 4, 1993: The Smith Farm is located six miles…

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Oaklands Mansion Summer Party

Oaklands Mansion’s Summer Party is an annual fundraiser benefiting the educational programs and  preservation on the mansion.  Guests enjoy live music, dinner and dancing with friends and members of the community.   To support Oaklands’ mission, visit www.oaklandsmansion.org.   SHOW MORE          

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Milton churches serve as historic landmarks

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, July 30, 2018 Two historical Rutherford County churches, Stones River Presbyterian and Wards Grove Baptist, are landmarks we cherish today. These congregations exemplified great zeal and fortitude to establish roots and thrive within their community. Even though they were established 100 years apart, their…

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Old Milton Country Store gets new owners

Patsy B. Weiler, The Daily News Journal, July 30, 2018 Earlier this year, when Alanna and Phillip Vaught began thinking about a venue for their son Jess Michael’s third birthday in December, they never imagined a six-figure price tag for his party place. The couple’s little boy’s special day is…

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Unique Brentwood home’s architect had Rutherford roots

Elaina Sauber, Nashville Tennessean, July 26, 2018 Neighbors on Williamsburg Road in the 1960s, in what would later become part of Brentwood, used to joke that Burney Tucker was building the pyramids. It took nearly four years to complete the mid-century modern home at 5204 Williamsburg Road, which boasts unbalanced angles,…

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Scooter’s Deli, 1970

Carol Robertson White, Rutherford County Historical Society, July 19, 2018 Daily News Journal, July 1, 1970 Scooter’s Deli was located on the corner of Memorial and West Clark, later to become Deli Junction. From Clyde McClaran:  “Was also to become Tom Thumb (c1975) and the Pop Shoppe (c1978) prior to…

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1973 Smyrna Rescue Squad

Marty Luffman, Smyrna (TN) Historian, July 18, 2018 “For many years, Smyrna didn’t have doctors that worked during the evening and night shift, even though we had a hospital. We would transfer accident victims or any medical emergency, by Mr. Walter Hoover’s hearse to the Murfreesboro hospital. I was a…

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Coca-Cola Bottlers in County since 1909

The Daily News Journal, April 17, 1983 Coca-Cola Bottling Works, 510 S.E. Broad Street, bottles Coke and other soft drinks and markets them locally. Affiliated with Coca-Cola, USA in Atlanta, the local company employs 35 people. C.B. Huggins, president, Jeff Davis, vice president/general manager and Steve Scott, vice-president/secretary treasurer, are…

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Coca-Cola Bottler Puts Cap on Long Presence

The Daily News Journal, March 30, 1994 (Many thanks to Bill Jakes, Postcards from Murfreesboro, Rutherford County Historical Society, Pictures and the Stories the Tell) Workers are demolishing the old Coca-Cola Plant on Southeast Broad Street – a sign that bottling the soft drink is becoming part of a bygone…

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National Register of Historic Places – The John Spence House

July 12, 2018, National Register of Historic Places The ‘National Register’ is a phenomenal source of information regarding historic homes.  Search their database and you will find 49 properties as of July 12, 2018. The following ‘Register’ entry is dated July 7, 2004: The John C. Spence House is located…

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Woman’s Club launches campaign to restore building

The Daily News Journal, July 8, 2018 The Woman’s Club of Murfreesboro, a local 501(c)(3) Public Charity, is in the midst of a Preservation Campaign of historic proportions to save its building located at 221 E. College St. Built in 1856, owned by The Woman’s Club since 1916, and listed…

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Obituary for local historian Elizabeth “Bettie” Cook

Elizabeth “Bettie” Clayton Cook, age 74 of Murfreesboro, passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at Alive Hospice, Murfreesboro.  She was a native of Murfreesboro and a descendant of Rutherford County and Murfreesboro’s earliest settlers. She was a daughter of the late James K. Clayton, Sr. and Frances Gerhardt Clayton. In…

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A history of the Rockvale Community Picnic after 91 years

Denise Carlton, the Daily News Journal, Rockvale Historical Society, July 3, 2018 On Wednesday, the oldest ongoing activity in the county continues in the Rockvale community. A grand tradition, the Rockvale Community Picnic is a neighborhood party of sorts, one with a lot of practice, going on since 1927. The…

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Banjo icon has roots in Rutherford County

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, July 2, 2018 Uncle Dave Macon is a symbol of Rutherford County.  The material on Dave’s life is unending, but we will explore some highlights of his fascinating journey and stellar career. David Harrison Macon was born in 1870 in Smartt Station on a…

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Rutherford County’s Eldest Resident Turns 107 Today

WGNS Radio, Murfreesboro, TN, June 19, 2018 Mary Soper was born in 1911 in Wayne County. Mary moved to Rutherford County in 1988. To help put that time period into perspective, William Howard Taft was our U.S. president.  This same year Ronald Reagan was born as was Tennessee Williams and…

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