Condemned Man left message for Others

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, August 21, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society In 1936, Woodrow Medlock, an aspiring Baptist preacher driving an Austin, picked up a 26-year-old hitchhiker in Westvue, the Rutherford neighborhood “across the tracks” from central Murfreesboro.  The young passenger wanted…

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Arnette Family hands over keys to Ransom School

Thanks to the generosity of the heirs of late author and Murfreesboro historian C.B. Arnette, the Rutherford County Historical Society has a new home. Cheryl Arnette Sommardahl, C.B.’s daughter, handed the keys to the refurbished Ransom School to members of the Rutherford County Historical Society at the structure on Academy…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

August 17, 2011, WGNS Radio Today Truman Jones visits with Rutherford County Country Music Hall of Famer Jimmy C. Newman. Bart Walker and the staff of Rutherford County’s WGNS Radio (1450AM, 101.9FM) have been supporters of our local history for a long, long time. Please click the WGNS icon and…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

August 17, 2011, WGNS Radio Today Truman Jones visits with Rutherford County Country Music Hall of Famer Jimmy C. Newman. Bart Walker and the staff of Rutherford County’s WGNS Radio (1450AM, 101.9FM) have been supporters of our local history for a long, long time. Please click the WGNS icon and…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

August 23, 2011, WGNS Radio Today Truman Jones visits with Rutherford County Historian Greg Tucker. Bart Walker and the staff of Rutherford County’s WGNS Radio (1450AM, 101.9FM) have been supporters of our local history for a long, long time. Please click the WGNS icon and enjoy former Rutherford County Truman…

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At long last rest in peace

Shirley Farris Jones, The Murfreesboro Post, August 14, 2011 Almost a hundred miles from his home and nearly 149 years after his death, the remains of a Jackson County Confederate soldier, who died during the first day’s fighting at the Battle of Stones River, will finally receive the respectful recognition…

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Signs for the future point to past

Gina Logue, Murfreesboro Post, August 14, 2011 In a society where billboards blanketed the landscape long before the creation of the interstate highway system, it seems counterintuitive to suggest that signage could be a positive, attractive addition to a city or county. The interpretive signs added to specific points in…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

August 12, 2011, WGNS Radio Today Truman Jones visits with Rutherford County resident Matt Murfree. Bart Walker and the staff of Rutherford County’s WGNS Radio (1450AM, 101.9FM) have been supporters of our local history for a long, long time. Please click the WGNS icon and enjoy former Rutherford County Truman…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

August 11, 2011, WGNS Radio Today Truman Jones visits with Rutherford County resident Tommy Hord. Bart Walker and the staff of Rutherford County’s WGNS Radio (1450AM, 101.9FM) have been supporters of our local history for a long, long time. Please click the WGNS icon and enjoy former Rutherford County Truman…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

August 9, 2011, WGNS Radio Today Truman Jones visits with Rutherford County Historian Greg Tucker. Bart Walker and the staff of Rutherford County’s WGNS Radio (1450AM, 101.9FM) have been supporters of our local history for a long, long time. Please click the WGNS icon and enjoy former Rutherford County Truman…

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Hanging was an ‘Outrageous Spectacle’

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, August 6, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society They thronged to the island event in 1880 to see an execution … and perhaps a resurrection. For several years beginning in 1878, Rutherford County homes and businesses were victimized by…

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De-constructing MTMC

Melinda Hudgens, Murfreesboro Post, July 31, 2011 For the past few months, crews have been working to deconstruct the original Middle Tennessee Medical Center near downtown Murfreesboro. Only recently have residents seen changes to the exterior of the hospital, as most of work up to this point has been inside…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

July 12, 2011, WGNS Radio Today Truman Jones visits with Rutherford County resident and NFL Hall of Famer Raymond Berry. Bart Walker and the staff of Rutherford County’s WGNS Radio (1450AM, 101.9FM) have been supporters of our local history for a long, long time. Please click the WGNS icon and…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

July 12, 2011, WGNS Radio Today Truman Jones visits with Rutherford County Historian Greg Tucker. Bart Walker and the staff of Rutherford County’s WGNS Radio (1450AM, 101.9FM) have been supporters of our local history for a long, long time. Please click the WGNS icon and enjoy former Rutherford County Truman…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

July 26, 2011, WGNS Radio Today Truman Jones visits with Rutherford County Historian Greg Tucker. Bart Walker and the staff of Rutherford County’s WGNS Radio (1450AM, 101.9FM) have been supporters of our local history for a long, long time. Please click the WGNS icon and enjoy former Rutherford County Truman…

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First Documented Execution was in 1813

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, July 24, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society In 19th Century Tennessee, the imposition of punishment, including capital punishment, was the responsibility of county authorities.   Common law required the death penalty for first degree murder, and permitted the same…

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My Pennsylvania Roots

Shirley Farris Jones, Murfreesboro Post, July 17, 2011 Summer is always a good time for family reunions, discovering who we are, and why or how we came to be where we consider “home.” Reconnecting with long-lost relatives can be a discovery in and of itself. This was the case when I…

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Rutherford Rifles fire true

Murfreesboro Post, Jonathon Fagan, July 17, 2011 July rarely deviates from its prescribed humid misery and July of 1861 was no exception. Few among us could imagine experiencing the heat of this past week without air conditioning or refrigeration. Fewer still could even fathom donning a heavy wool uniform and…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

July 12, 2011, WGNS Radio Today Truman Jones visits with Rutherford County Judge Royce Taylor. Bart Walker and the staff of Rutherford County’s WGNS Radio (1450AM, 101.9FM) have been supporters of our local history for a long, long time. Please click the WGNS icon and enjoy former Rutherford County Truman…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

July 12, 2011, WGNS Radio Today Truman Jones and local historian Shirley Farris Jones discuss everything from the Civil War in Rutherford County to law enforcement. Bart Walker and the staff of Rutherford County’s WGNS Radio (1450AM, 101.9FM) have been supporters of our local history for a long, long time.…

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