Last week marked historic moment for Murfreesboro

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, March 10, 2013 Thursday marked an important date of history for Rutherford County. It was on this day 151 years ago that the strategic city of Murfreesboro would forever be changed. As the springtime beauty of the redbuds blanketed the forests in crimson, a…

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Few Know the Courage and Suffering of Dewitt Jobe

DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, GREG TUCKER, 3/10/2013 Dewitt Jobe and Sam Davis were Coleman Scouts for the Army of Tennessee during the Civil War. They were spies for the Confederacy.  Both died at the hands of the enemy while refusing to name and betray their sources. Davis is remembered as the…

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Remembering the Alamo

Shirley Farris Jones, The Murfreesboro Post, March 10, 2013 Wednesday marked the 177th anniversary of the end of one of the most courageous, albeit ill-fated and hopeless standoffs in American history, when fewer than 200 brave citizens attempted to hold off a Mexican army of more than 6,000 in the…

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Sparks inspired by fiery Civil War story

Jonathan Fagan, The Murfreesboro Post, March 7, 2013 Almost exactly 150 years ago today, a Confederate hero was just beginning a path that would lead to his torturous death, and now a local politician has decided to honor his legacy. The waning winter weeks of early 1863 had seen Confederate…

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Battlefield tourism creates $9M for local economy

The Murfreesboro Post, March 3, 2013 A new National Park Service report for 2011 shows that the 187,000 visitors came to Stones River National Battlefield. A new National Park Service report for 2011 shows that the 187,000 visitors to Stones River National Battlefield spent more than $9.9 million in communities…

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Little Hope Memories Linger

DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, MARK BELL, 2/24/2013 – When LaRue Chaney was a child, she was taught that — despite growing up in a place called Little Hope — goals, dreams and, indeed, “hope” are what life is all about. Chaney, a life-long resident of the community that according to local…

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Caves Concealed Runaways, Rebels & Revelers

As published by the Daily News Journal, February 24, 2013 Rutherford County is honeycombed by 129 documented caves.  The best known and most spectacular is the Snail Shell Cave system with seven known entrances and over 12 miles of charted passages near Rockvale.  The most fabled and neglected is the…

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Greatest Generation served community after war

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, February 24, 2013 Rutherford County provided more than 4,000 men for active service in World War II. One of those men who served was my father, Richard Claude Shacklett. The circumstances surrounding war times had brought two very different people together from opposite ends…

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Murfreesboro basketball legends share memories

February 17, 2013, The Murfreesboro Post, Dan Whittle During the middle of the 20th century, old Murfreesboro Central High School was consistently in the top tier of ranked basketball teams in Tennessee. During the 1940s through early 60s, the old Central High School in Murfreesboro was consistently in the top…

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New County Historian Past provides Lessons

DNJ, Scott Broden, Sunday, February 10, 2013 — When it comes to local heritage, new Rutherford County Historian Greg Tucker plans to visit schools to teach the next generation about the local people and events of past years. “That’s what has shaped who we are and what we are today,”…

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Students get first look at Lincoln’s work

Michelle Willard, The Murfreesboro Post, February 14, 2013 When Heather Chaput entered the Tennessee State Museum’s Freedom’s Call Emancipation Proclamation essay contest, she never dreamed she would win. “Things like this don’t happen to people you know, especially not me,” said Chaput, a junior at Daniel-McKee Alternative School. Chaput explained…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

February 13, 2013, WGNS Radio Today Truman Jones takes a look back at the Princess Theater and more. 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…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

February 12, 2013, 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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Legacy of love remains after many years

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, February 10, 2013 The train blustered noisily over the tracks. Its destination: Nashville. A white-haired gentleman sat reading his newspaper. The headlines read, “Roosevelt Seeks Another Term.” All of his attention was absorbed in the troubling current events. World War II had united the…

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La Vergne Public Library to mark Civil War anniversary

The Murfreesboro Post, February 9, 2013 LA VERGNE – The La Vergne Public Library is commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with multiple special events, guest speakers and presentations beginning next weekend. “Given that several members of the library’s staff grew up in and around La Vergne, we’ve taken…

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Former first lady’s favorite tunes focus of concerts

The Murfreesboro Post, February 5, 2013 Thanks to the Center for Popular Music and the James K. Polk Ancestral Home in Columbia, the community can get a glimpse into the music of a former first lady — and a century — in two free public concerts. At age 13, Murfreesboro…

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VAUGHN: Humble beginnings taught importance of hard work

Ralph Vaughn, The Murfreesboro Post, February 3, 2013 Many of us Baby Boomers believe that our parents and others from that age group were truly the Greatest Generation. They endured the Great Depression and fought a war on foreign soil to help preserve and protect the freedoms that we hold…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

January 29, 2013, 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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