In Search of Uriah Stone

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Sunday, July 19, 2009 Maybe the name Uriah Stone tickles something in your memory? But more likely, not. Uriah was perhaps the first white man to travel up the stream now named in his honor. Yes, Stones River is named after this…

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When Elvis was King, Murphy ruled

The Murfreesboro Post, Erin Edgemon Elvis Presley, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, The Who, The Beach Boys and Garth Brooks; all are legendary musicians who have sold millions of records. But there’s something else that these performers have in common. They all performed at Murphy Center on the MTSU campus during…

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Clark Maples

Roger Clark Maples, 66, passed away Sunday night, May 10, 2009 at his home. Clark was born on April 11, 1943, in Rutherford County, Tennessee, where he lived his entire life. He was a graduate of Central High School and MTSU.  He was the owner of Clark Maples Realty &…

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Smyrna’s Sam Davis Home is Civil War gem

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, April 19, 2009 Next to Stones River National Battlefield, the Sam Davis Home in Smyrna is probably the most interesting and best-preserved Civil War site in Rutherford County. Born on Oct. 6, 1842 in Rutherford County, Sam Davis grew up in the upper middle class…

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Civil War resources abound

The Murfreesboro Post, April 3, 2009 Stones River National Cemetery:  The federal government established Stones River National Cemetery by means of an order issued by Major Gen. George H. Thomas to Brig. Gen. Horatio Van Cleve on March 29, 1864.  Assistant Quartermaster Captain John Means selected the site, designed the…

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Bradley Academy Museum celebrates the African American female

The Murfreesboro Post, March 11, 2009 During the month of April, Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center will present The African American Female Experience, which is a month-long celebration of the African American female and the essence of who she is. The African American female has suffered, endured, struggled, and…

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The man who would have burned New York City

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor, February 1, 2009 Col. Robert M. Martin looked the part of a Confederate war hero. He was one of Gen. John Hunt Morgan’s stalwarts who stood 6-feet-tall with steely blue eyes and mustache and goatee. Martin, in his mid-20s, was…

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Bradley Academy member drive, history initiatives

The Murfreesboro Post, February 1, 2009 As part of its celebration of 200 years, Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center will initiate three new projects during the month of February. The center will kick off its first museum membership drive, begin an African American Cemetery Identification project and also initiate…

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Heritage group needs help preserving endangered sites

Michelle Willard, the Murfreesboro Post, January 18, 2009 Since the Tennessee Preservation Trust began its “Ten in Tennessee,” an annual listing of the top 10 endangered historic sites in the state, in 2001 only three have been lost. One of those lost treasures was the Hiram Jenkins House, right here…

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Rutherford County’s Top 10 endangered sites

Michelle Williard, Murfreesboro Post, January 18, 2009 History abounds in Rutherford County and so does development, but they don’t have to be exclusive, the Heritage Foundation of Rutherford County said. The county has grown exponentially in population and construction in the last 20 years. With the growth has come the…

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Top 10:Bradley Academy to celebrate its bicentennial

Michelle Willard, The Murfreesboro Post, January 11, 2009 Historic treasure marks start of education here Murfreesboro’s oldest school celebrates its bicentennial this year and Bradley Academy Historical Association kicked off the special occasion Saturday to lead up to a yearlong celebration. “This year is our 200th year celebration in education,”…

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Bradley Academy’s bicentennial to kick off Jan. 10

The Murfreesboro Post, January 3, 2009 Bradley Academy is kicking off the bicentennial celebration of the historical building Saturday, Jan. 10 at 8 .m. with a country ham breakfast. The breakfast is a prelude to a yearlong celebration of the legacy of Bradley Academy and heritage of the citizens of…

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Mattie Ready Morgan: The hardships of war

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Shirley Farris Jones, December 26, 2008 Part 2 of a series Mattie Ready Morgan loved her husband deeply and despite the hardships of war tried to be with him whenever and wherever she could. One week after the wedding, Gen. John Hunt Morgan rode…

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Happy 205th birthday Rutherford County!

Michelle Willard, The Murfreesboro Post, October 19, 2008 Rutherford County celebrates its 205th birthday Saturday and the Heritage Partnership of Rutherford County will throw a birthday party from 4:30-7PM Friday night on the Public Square. “Our history is our past and our future. …” said Denise Carlton, president of the…

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Top 10: When the Boro was state capital

The Murfreesboro Post, October 19, 2008 From 1819 to 1826 Murfreesboro was state capitol of Tennessee. During that time span, few other towns exceeded its importance. While some of those important moments are nearly forgotten, some of them still remain significant from a historic point of view. It is important…

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Rosenwald Schools

October 16, 2008 Rosenwald Schools “Between 1912 and 1932, the Rosenwald school building program constructed over five thousand new learning environments for African American school children in fifteen southern states, including fourteen in Rutherford County.  The program was funded by Sears, Roebuck and Company president Julius Rosenwald and Booker T.…

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Top 10 riotous acts of Rutherford County

Michelle Willard, The Murfreesboro Post, October 26, 2008 Inspired by the upcoming holiday, The Murfreesboro Post decided to take a closer look at the darker side of human nature. We researched the Top 10 (11, because it’s what we do) crimes and punishment in our county’s 205 years of existence.…

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