Sinister Soule Sisters Leave Lock Box

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, October 11, 2009 This is Part One of Three Part Two, Part Three By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society Were the valuables found in the First National Bank of Murfreesboro lock box in 1930 related to the bathtub…

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Griffin Rutherford drove away Indians, bought land

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, October 11, 2009 By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society As part of the 1776 campaign to clear the Cherokee from the region that is now upper east Tennessee, General Griffith Rutherford, with a militia of 2,400, “destroyed thirty-six…

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Transportation was Major Concern in Early Days

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, September 27, 2009 By Mike West, Managing Editor In Rutherford County’s early days, getting from one point to another was a major concern. Yep, we are talking about roads, which in the early days, weren’t much more than paths created by landowners and…

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Bradley Academy Museum to hold heritage fest

The Murfreesboro Post, September 26, 2009 Education, music and turnip green cook-off among Oct. 24 activities. Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center is having its inaugural Heritage Festival Art Contest.  The contest will be held in conjunction with the Rutherford County African American Heritage Festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday,…

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The New Deal in Murfreesboro

The Linebaugh Library & MTSU History Department, Spring 2009 Murfreesboro’s Linebaugh Library and the Middle Tennessee State University Department collaborated on a tri-fold brochure regarding the Great Depression’s ‘New Deal‘  in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

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Millionaire couple helped save Judy Garland’s dad

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, September 20, 2009 Millionaire couple helped save Judy Garland’s dad – The Murfreesboro Post In the turn of the 20th century days, a millionaire husband and wife dominated the social scene in Murfreesboro. Tempe Swoope and George M. Darrow were their names.  Neither were Rutherford…

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Get ready to know Rutherford County

The Murfreesboro Post, September 13, 2009 The Heritage Partnership of Rutherford County invites everyone to Get To Know Rutherford with an opportunity to celebrate the county’s collective stories of the unique people, places and things.  This annual three-day event will be a free public event where we will gather, tell…

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Remembering the legend of the famous Goat Man

The Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, September 6, 2009 Hoo-wee, it’s Sunday and whatcha doin’ reading Hammerhaid? You should be helping ol’ Hammerhaid clean out his garage.  What the heck is he doing with 13 kitchen canister sets? Well anyway, this taste of fall has him wondering whatever happened to The…

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Evergreen Cemetery releases list of desecrated headstones

August 6, 2009, The Murfreesboro Post Evergreen Cemetery is offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for vandalizing headstones in Evergreen Cemetery earlier this week. A few of the desecrated stones have been cleaned and crews are working to restore the…

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Bradley Academy to begin recording African-American cemeteries

The Murfreesboro Post, August 9, 2009 The Bradley Academy Museum and Cultural Center in Murfreesboro is starting a new project to record all of the African American cemeteries in Rutherford County. This unprecedented project has never been accomplished before, and we feel a strong urgency to record those that have…

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Watkins Cemetery

Carol White, The Murfreesboro Post, July 25, 2009 Is Watkins Cemetery in Further Danger? In addition to being overgrown and having stones down, Watson Cemetery may be in further danger. Watkins cemetery is located just off Memorial Road at Cedar View Drive.  It’s such a peaceful little family cemetery. The…

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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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