A greeting card sealed the big deal

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Erin Edgemon, Business Editor, March 9, 2009 A greeting card sent in 1953 wishing the president and the entire State Farm Insurance corporation a Merry Christmas sealed the deal to bring the first major white-collar employer to Murfreesboro. But it wasn’t a normal Christmas…

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Stones River: A look at the first day of battle

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor, March 2, 2008 Editor’s Note: To put our ongoing coverage of the Civil War in perspective, here is a brief recounting of the Battle of Stones River hitting upon some key points. Why fight at Murfreesboro? Only 2,500 people lived…

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Black Southerners in Confederate gray

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, December 21, 2007 February marks the beginning of Black History Month – a remembrance of important people and events of African American origin that began in 1926. There have been many major contributions to our nation and to our society by black Americans some…

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Doctor Seatbelt’s landmark act remembered

The Murfreesboro Post, January 18, 2008 More than 30 years ago, Dr. Robert Sanders of Murfreesboro became a passionate advocate for child safety and led the effort to protect children while riding in automobiles. This month marks the 30th anniversary of the nations first child safety seat law.  Tennessee was…

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From Wife to Widow in 630 days

Shirley Farris Jones, The Murfreesboro Post, January 6, 2008 Gen. John Hunt Morgan made his miraculous escape from the Columbus, Ohio prison on Nov. 27, 1863 (the day his daughter was born) and managed to reach his beloved wife Mattie in time for Christmas. It was later felt that John’s…

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Oaklands, Murfree Springs wetlands boosted

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, December 21, 2007 U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon has secured federal funding to protect green spaces and wetlands in Rutherford County. Legislation passed by Congress includes $1.8 million to complete ecosystem restoration work on the grounds of the Oaklands Historic House Museum and protect the…

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The President is coming to … old Murfreesborough

As published by the Murfreesboro Post, Sunday, December 16, 2007 By Mike West, Managing Editor Murfreesboro is in the midst of a joyous Christmas celebration, 2007 style. Some 145 years earlier, the jubilation was similar, but for a much different reason. The President was coming to the bustling little town…

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Why does the legend of Sam Davis endure?

December 16, 2007, Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post “Google” the phrase “Confederate hero” on the Internet and you will get thousands of hits with many of them mentioning names like Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. So why does the memory of Confederate scout Sam Davis still endure? Smyrna can…

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Developer honored for preserving historic Marymount House

Murfreesboro Post, November 6, 2007 ParkTrust Development, a local community developer since 1974, was recently honored with the 2007 Statewide Preservation Award given by the Tennessee Preservation Trust. ParkTrust received the award for its preservation of the Marymont House located on Rucker Lane in Murfreesboro. The Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT)…

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Bradley Academy gets $50,000

The Murfreesboro Post, October 30, 2007 Rutherford County state legislators presented a $50,000 grant to the Bradley Academy Museum recently. The funds will help renovate the museum. From left are board member Linda Hardymon, state Rep. Kent Coleman, board member Margaret Davis, state Sen. Jim Tracy, board chair Katie Wilson,…

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Heritage group rededicates historic monument

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Michelle Willard, Managing Editor, October 25, 2007 Local historians and civic leaders wished Rutherford County a happy 204th birthday Thursday morning at the historic courthouse. “It’s just an exciting day for Rutherford County and the Heritage Partnership to celebrate to county’s history,” said Kay…

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New movie brings life to Jesse James legend

The Murfreesboro Post, October 21, 2007 Did Jesse James – that most infamous of American outlaws – once live in Rutherford County? The life and death of James, an ex-Confederate partisan, is the focus of a new motion picture starring Brad Pitt. The movie pitches Jesse as one of America’s…

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APTA to honor four historic buildings today

By Michelle Willard, Murfreesboro Post, October 21, 2007 Four historic Murfreesboro buildings are honored by the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities (APTA) today. The APTA will place markers outside the East Main Street homes of Matt and Pat Ward, Jim and Marietta Bishop and APTA Rutherford County Chapter…

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A spirited search for respect

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Erin Edgemon, Business Editor, October 7, 2007 Not all ghosts are out to frighten those who come in contact with them; sometimes they just want to have a little spirited fun. But the spirits who are said to haunt the former Book Rack building…

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CSA Scout Dewitt Jobe died horrible death

MURFREESBORO POST, MIKE WEST, 10/07/2007 Most Rutherford County school children have at least been exposed to the story of Sam Davis, “the boy hero of the Confederacy.” Davis was a member of Coleman’s Scouts, a unit that worked behind Union lines collecting and delivering information and disrupting Union operations in…

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Area’s Top 10 historic sites

The Murfreesboro Post, October 5, 2007 1. Stones River National Battlefield (See Murfreesboro is known for list) 2. Original Rutherford Health Department The former offices of the Rutherford County Health Department, located at the corner of Church and Lytle Streets in Murfreesboro, was the first facility of its type built…

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