Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

July 12, 2011, WGNS Radio Today Truman Jones and Rutherford County Historian Greg Tucker discuss Burney Lee Tucker (Greg’s father) as a member of famed USMC VMA-214 – aka – The Black Sheep squadron of Pappy Boyington fame. Bart Walker and the staff of Rutherford County’s WGNS Radio (1450AM, 101.9FM)…

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Group Unveils Bradley Marker

Local history lovers enjoyed a quick unveiling of the new historical marker at Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center on Saturday before heading inside to the air conditioning.

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History to be marked Saturday

The Murfreesboro Post, July 11, 2011 The Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities (APTA), Rutherford County Chapter will hold its annual membership meeting at 11:30 Saturday morning, July 16 with the unveiling of a marker at the 1917 building of Bradley Academy Museum & Cultural Center and include a…

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Demolition begins Monday on Red Rose

Murfreesboro Post, July 11, 2011 Just a few days after demolition began on the oldest section of the Middle Tennessee Medical Center building on Highland Avenue, crews began to tear down the old Red Rose Dairy building. The Red Rose Dairies building, on the corner of College and Lytle streets,…

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College President Outgunned ‘Assassinators’

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, July 10, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society The attempted “assassination” was a near miss with the intended victim taking out two of his antagonists. As it did for most businesses and institutions of that time, the Depression severely…

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Teachers Strike, County Court Overwhelmed

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, June 26, 2011 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Professionals entrusted with meeting the needs of children do not resort to labor union tactics, strikes and picket lines – except as a last resort.  Then they win! In summer of…

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Family Business Spans 60 Years

Exactly where was Loafers Rest?  How about asking the family who is still running the local grocery store.  The Taylor family will know where is was, since the fourth generation is now taking his position to carry on.  Hunter Taylor, a student at Oakland High School is working when he…

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Walking tour explores old Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Post, June 22, 2011 Enjoy a summer stroll through the North Maney Avenue Historic District with the staff of Oaklands Historic House Museum and experience the architecture of Murfreesboro’s first subdivision, called Maney’s Addition. Evening walking tours will take place from 6-9 p.m. July 15 and 16 as various…

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Historical Signs detail County’s Rich Heritage

MURFREESBORO — Interpretive signs being posted this  week around the Rutherford County Courthouse do more than give bits of information about the Public Square predating the Civil War, county grant coordinator Faye Elam says. “You just feel like you’re living the history standing there reading it,” says Elam, describing the…

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Old Jefferson was a Stones River port

Dan Whittle, The Murfreesboro Post, July 10, 2011 Jefferson Springs flourished 100 years later Cabins lined Stones River at Jefferson Springs, a health resort in the early 1900s.Multiple trading posts had served as economic hubs of commerce on the river 100 years earlier at what is now called Old Jefferson.…

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Recognizing History

Dan Whittle, The Murfreesboro Post, June 19, 2011 Significant Tennessee history was unveiled Saturday, June 18, when Friends of Long Hunter State Park held a ceremony to unveil a Tennessee State Historical Marker honoring the life of pre-Civil War free black Sherrod Bryant, namesake of Bryant’s Grove who owned slaves.…

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A ‘Summer Soiree’ at the Sam Davis Home

June 19, 2011 The Sam Davis Memorial Association (SDMA) and the Rutherford County Tennessee Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee invites you to attend the Rutherford County Remembrance for the Tennessee Secession Day event to be held in conjunction with SDMA annual meeting. At 6 p.m. Thursday, June 23, a Southern-style barbecue…

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Bryant Grove Historical Marker Rededicated, June 18, 2011

Long hunter State Park, July 18, 2011 A special ceremony was held at Long Hunter State Park on Saturday, June 18, to rededicate the newly located Sherrod Bryant Tennessee Historical Marker. Bryant (1781-1854) was a farmer who settled in an area that later became known as Bryant Grove and is…

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Recognizing History: Long Hunter State Park

Dan Whittle, Murfreesboro Post, June 19, 2011 Significant Tennessee history was unveiled Saturday, June 18, when Friends of Long Hunter State Park held a ceremony to unveil a Tennessee State Historical Marker honoring the life of pre-Civil War free black Sherrod Bryant, namesake of Bryant’s Grove who owned slaves. Bryant’s…

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Taverns, Bars and Juke Joints

Greg Tucker, The Daily News Journal, June 12, 2011 By the middle of the 20th century, Rutherford County was widely recognized as a mid-south transportation center. A directory from the era observed: “From Murfreesboro, heavily traveled federal and state highways spread out in eight directions. Buses and freight trucks arrive…

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Dr. ‘Seat Belt’ Oral History, April 20, 2004

Dr. Robert Grayson, MD, American Academy of Pediatrics, April 20, 2004 This most wonderful interview can be downloaded as a PDF file at www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/Pediatric-History-Center/Documents/Sanders.pdf Interviewed by Robert Grayson, MD, April 20, 2004, Murfreesboro, Tennessee This interview was supported by donations from the following institutions and individuals: Phyllis F. Agran, MD, MPH, FAAP Marilyn J. Bull,…

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Tennessee Waltzed in, then out of Union

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, June 5, 2011 By Jonathan Fagan “All we ask is to be let alone,” said Jefferson Davis, February 18, 1861 upon delivering his inaugural address as President of the Confederate States of America from the portico of the Alabama Capitol in Montgomery. …

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Historic Farm Venue for The Summer Party

MURFREESBORO, DNJ — From the second-floor picture window of the historic Tarpley home in Walter Hill, Bev MacSherry looked out toward West Jefferson Pike and said, “Can’t you just see those Civil War soldiers,  battered and weary, trudging that path?” Indeed, it isn’t hard to imagine.  The view is authentic,…

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Lamplighter’s tackles war crimes in new drama

The Murfreesboro Post, May 31, 2011 Set against the turbulent, raw-edged backdrop of the American Civil War, The Andersonville Trial is a striking courtroom drama that is just as relevant today as it was when the real trial was being conducted in 1865. Saul Levitt based his play on the…

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