Seminary School (Smyrna), 1859-1961

SEMINARY SCHOOL 1859-1961 was first known as STEWART’S CREEK MALE AND FEMALE SEMINARY. On March 2, 1859, Robert Cooke deeded four acres of land on the southeast corner of his property to Trustees Benjamin Batey, Leonard Davis, I.R. Peebles, Luckett Davis, James W. Morton, and Alfred Ross and reserved one…

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‘The Square’

January/February 2020, Froe Chips by Richard Stickney I was raised on the Square. I was just a kid, but that world belonged to me. I knew every alley and every secret that men kept. I knew who went where and why. I remember walking out of the Princess Theater when…

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Melvin Scarlett was Dynamic MTSU President

January 20, 2020, Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal The name ‘Scarlett’ has a Norman French origin and is a surname for ‘seller and dyer of rich, red expensive escarlate cloth.’ The first recorded spelling was derived from William Scarlet of Staffordshire (1185) in the Templar Records of England. Many…

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Alfred Miller Home

January 15, 2020, Renee Duke Miller Alfred Miller built this house on the corner of College and Academy Streets in Murfreesboro. Photo source: O.E. Camp Photo – 1930-1939 The walls of the three-story red brick are 14″ thick with a foundation of stone. There are two chimneys on each side…

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La Vergne Academy, 1893-1900

LA VERGNE ACADEMY 1893-Nov. 1, 1900 was just south of the railway overpass and across the road from the LA VERGNE PREPARATORY SCHOOL FOR BOYS. It was near the site of the Christian Church which is shown on the 1878 Beers Map. The property was bounded on the north by…

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La Vergne School (Black), 1877-1884

LA VERGNE SCHOOL BLACK 1920’s-l952 was on a dirt lane which ran south of La Vergne and was between and parallel to the present Buster Mason and Waldron Roads. The lane is no longer there. The school was a one-room weatherboarded building. Grades taught were one through eight. Teachers were…

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Brown’s Chapel School, 1876-1910

BROWN’S CHAPEL SCHOOL 1876-1910 was on the west side and near the south end of Baker Road, formerly called Brown’s Chapel Road. It was in the Little Hope area. The land was donated by Alfred Watson Blackman for as long as there was a school or a church. Mr. Blackman…

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Stroop School, 1881-1918

STROOP SCHOOL 1881-1918 was between the Hall’s Hill and Milton Roads. It was north of Trimble Road at the southwest intersection of Hudson and Overall Roads and near the Jones and Vaught Cemeteries. On September 7, 1881, James Landrum Stroop deeded 132 poles of land to School Directors J. Williams,…

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Smyrna Presbyterian was Founded in 1800 on Stewarts Creek

July 1, 2019, by Susan Harber Smyrna Presbyterian Church carries the original honored namesake of our town. The appellation was derived as one of the seven churches of Asia rendered from the writings of Apostle John in Revelation. Member Silas Tucker is known as the individual who personally extended a…

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The Elliott-Kimbro-Doughty-Howse-Miles house

May 1, 2019, by Barry Lamb The rattle of musketry and small arms could be heard from the Elliott home that sat on the northwest corner of Lytle and Academy Streets during the morning of July 13, 1862. The nerves of the elderly widow, Adaline Bowman Elliott, must have been…

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Rutherford County Historical Society Charter Members (1973)

Listed in the Publication No. 2 (Summer, 1973) Adkerson, Mrs. W.D. (Martha) Ledbetter, William C. Jr. Baskin, Robert Matheny, Dorothy Brigance, Dr. Fred and Mary McFarlin, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hall (Jean Marie) Hall, Miss Mary Nelson, Lawson B. Hoover, Walter King Perry, S.W. Hoskins, Robert Pittard, Dr. Homer Huggins,…

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The RCHS is officially Chartered! (February 10, 1975)

The Rutherford County Historical Society was incorporated by the State of Tennessee as a non-profit organization on February 10, 1975. The following is from ‘RCHS Synopsis 1970-1975‘: Rutherford County Historical Society The Rutherford County Historical Society was organized in December of 1970, and has its purpose the procurement and preservation…

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Planning the Special Olympics, 1986

January 5, 1986, The Daily News Journal Members of the Area 16 Tennessee Special Olympics committees are from the left: Vickie Vipperman, Jack Elder, George Cunningham, Sandy Galland, Thelma Mitchell, Bernice Dumm, Louis McGlone, Kathy Gammache, Sally Allen and Linda Halliburton. Volunteers are needed to help with the events which…

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Through a Child’s Eyes, 1987

December 20, 1987, The Daily News Journal This week, Daily News Journal photographer Jim Davis visited Middle Tennessee Christian School and talked with first-graders. We would like to thank Headmaster Randall Choudoin, administrative Assistant Bill McVey and the first-grade teachers and students at MTCS.

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Wreaths Across America

Saturday, December 14, 2019, Stones River National Cemetery The second Saturday of each December features the annual ‘Wreaths Across America’ at the Stones River National Battlefield and National Cemetery. This emotional tribute to our veterans who made the definitive sacrifice occurs at more than 1,100 cemeteries across America. The Stones…

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