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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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

January 28, 2013, WGNS Radio Today Truman Jones visits brothers Ben and Steve Cates. 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 Jones…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

January 28, 2013, WGNS Radio Today Truman Jones visits brothers Ben and Steve Cates. 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 Jones…

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Memory of eccentric entrepreneur still remains

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, January 27, 2013 Almost 75 years ago, downtown Murfreesboro was the center of the region’s economic activity.  Every Saturday, folks from surrounding Middle Tennessee counties would come to shop, visit with neighbors and trade.  On the corner of South Maple and Vine streets, which…

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Author to share stories at Linebaugh Library

The Murfreesboro Post, January 26, 2013 As part of Black History Month, Linebaugh Library plays host to Murfreesboro native and author Devora E. Butler for a special lecture about the history of African-Americans in Rutherford County. Butler will be speaking at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, in the library’s Reading…

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Local History with Truman Jones and Friends

January 15, 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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Wedding dress exhibit showcases love from the past

Gloria Shacklett Christy, The Murfreesboro Post, January 13, 2013 While once again preparing for the wedding dress exhibition at Oaklands Historic House Museum, I reached up into the closet and carefully opened the tattered box containing the wedding dress belonging to my grandmother Nena Verelle White Shacklett.  One can only…

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Musician’s talent started with mother’s prayer

Dan Whittle, The Murfreesboro Post, January 13, 2013 While musician Billy Yearwood was in his mother’s womb 85 years ago, she prayed, asking God for a musician son. “While pregnant, Mother prayed for a boy,” Yearwood shared. Irene Rice Yearwood’s prayer then got “specific” regarding what kind of music. “She…

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