Revolutionary soldier retired to Murfreesboro

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, June 19, 2018 The history of our county reveals few Revolutionary War soldiers returning to live in our midst.  Yet one outstanding soldier, Peter Jennings (1752-1842), returned as a contributor to community and friend to all. Jennings was an African-American born in Pequonnock, Connecticut,…

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Bill Patterson and the Cedar Bucket Factory

June 18, 2018, Rutherford County Archive Building, Murfreesboro, Tennessee Bill Patterson’s family owned the old Cedar Bucket Factory in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  The cedar industry in Rutherford County included buckets, pencils, cedar oil and many other products derived from the red cedar so very common in Rutherford County.    

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Steve Lane of Cedar Barrens Homes

Steve Lane of Cedar Barrens Homes interviews RCHS President Frank Caperton, June 7, 2018 Cedar Barrens Homes is remodeling the home located at 422 North Academy, the intersection of Academy and Bell Streets in Murfreesboro.  The home resembles the Ransom School House.

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Blue Raider baseball great Taylor passes away

June 5, 2018, WGNSRadio.com Chuck Taylor, who was one of Middle Tennessee baseball’s greats and the second Blue Raider ever to reach the Major Leagues, died Tuesday (June 5) at Alive Hospice Residence in Murfreesboro. In lieu of a funeral or visitation, a Celebration of Life for friends and family…

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WWII vet a sensation in career, as Smyrna citizen

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, June 3, 2018 This is the third and final part of the historical journey through World War II and after as seen through eyes of a young Navy man who became a renowned baker and resident of Smyrna. After the bomb dropped in Japan…

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Local history documentary earns Telly Awards

The Murfreesboro Post, May 30, 2018 The 39th Annual Telly Awards has recognized the City of Murfreesboro’s local documentary “The House Still Standing” as winner in two categories – General Documentary and Biography. “The House Still Standing” tells the stories of Burrell Gannaway, one of Murfreesboro’s first aldermen, and King Daniel…

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Benevolent Cemetery Re-dedication

Monday, May 28, 2018 Monday – Memorial Day – saw the re-dedication of the Benevolent Cemetery located on the west side of South Church Street (Murfreesboro) just over the railroad tracks. History of the Benevolent Cemetery The property, formerly owned by the Benevolent Lodge #11 (January 7, 1897) and later…

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Bradley, Holloway grads catch up at ‘old school’ senior prom

Tom Beckwith, The Daily News Journal, May 26, 2018 To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bradley Academy and the 50th anniversary of the school’s Class of 1968, graduates of Bradley and Holloway High Schools kicked off an all-class reunion Friday with a true senior prom. The prom was held at Embassy Suites Murfreesboro, with entertainment provided by the Mosaic…

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Decoration Day at the Stones River National Battlefield

Linn White, City of Murfreesboro Stones River National Battlefield hosts the 3rd annual Decoration Day. Members of the community and visitors from all over came out to honor those who bravely fought for freedom. City TV reporter Michael Linn White was honored to share this story.

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May Focus: Historic Sam Davis Home & Plantation

The Murfreesboro Post, May 24, 2018 The Historic Sam Davis Home and Plantation is set on 168 serene acres in the heart of Smyrna. This Greek Revival home is one of the top cultural and historic attractions in Middle Tennessee. On the grounds, you’ll find two historic homes, several outbuildings,…

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Jacobus survives D-Day, heads to Pacific

Susan Harber, The Daily News Journal, May 21, 2018 n part 2 of the historical journey through World War II as seen through the eyes of a young Navy man, we will explore combat aboard both the USS Arkansas and the USS O’Brien. Charles Jacobus of Smyrna carries an English name…

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Pics from Gilsville (present day Gil’s Ace Hardware)

Ginny Olerud Williams, Gil’s Ace Hardware, May 20, 2018 “Today would be my Mom’s 93rd Birthday.  She is 28 years old in this picture dated 1953 in the Rutherford Courier.  She is in the first Grocery Store.  My Dad and Mom were a great team!  Betsy Waldron, thanks to David…

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Lascassas School Reunions

Frank Caperton, President, Rutherford County Historical Society, May 16, 2018 Many thanks to lifelong Rutherford County resident Judy Adamson! From the Daily News Journal, January 8, 1981: The 1956 graduating class of Lascassas High School, along with the class of 1955, held a reunion at the school (ed. Lascassas School)…

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Bradley Academy set for Centennial Celebration

Mariah Timms, The Daily News Journal. May 10, 2018 It has been 100 years since the first class sat at their desks in Bradley Academy’s current structure on Murfreesboro’s Academy Street. To celebrate that anniversary, and the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1968, Bradley Academy’s Centennial Celebration will host…

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“The House Still Standing” Gannaway/Ganaway Documentary v.2

City of Murfreesboro, May 8, 2018 “The House Still Standing” documents the local and family history of the Gannaway/Ganaway name. Burrell Gannaway (1785-1853) was a slaveholder and Rutherford County pioneer who fought in the war of 1812 and served as one of Murfreesboro’s first alderman. King Daniel Ganaway (1884-1944) was…

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WWII vet Charlie Jacobus of Smyrna served with valor

Susan Harber, May 7, 2018 Charlie Jacobus (1923-2013), a citizen of Smyrna for 48 years, was an accomplished baker and well known in our nation for his culinary skills.  He also served in World War II’s largest engagements, including D-Day invasion of Normandy and in Cherbourg.  Moreover, he was on…

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Open House at the New Murfreesboro Police Department

Sunday, April 29, 2018, Murfreesboro, TN The Murfreesboro Police Department held an open house showing off the new $55.4 million headquarters. Thank you WGNS Radio for the coverage: The new headquarters is over 135-thousand square feet and Bowen says the best part is all police divisions will be under one…

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