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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Rutherford Countians fought in 1776

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor, July 1, 2007 Editor’s note: While we don’t profess that this is a complete list, here are 91 Revolutionary War veterans who collected pensions in Rutherford County. Contrary to popular opinion, Rutherford County’s history didn’t begin with the Civil War.…

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These men fought in Revolution

The Murfreesboro Post, June 29, 2007 Editors note:  While we don’t profess that this is a complete list, here are 91 Revolutionary War veterans who collected pensions in Rutherford County. A number of the names are still familiar: William Arnold, George Askins, John Barclay, James Beatty, John Beavert, Thomas Blanton,…

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These veterans fought for independence

Mike West , The Murfreesboro Post, June 29, 2007 Editors note: Due to the impending Independence Day holiday, we thought it might be appropriate to write about Rutherford countians who fought in another war. Contrary to popular opinion Rutherford County’s history didn’t begin with the Civil War.  In fact, a…

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Historic Square helps define the ’Boro

The Murfreesboro Post, June 24, 2007 While many residents don’t know it, the Rutherford County Courthouse is one of the most historically significant spots in Middle Tennessee. As part of the Murfreesboro Post’s effort to give readers a “sense of place,” here are the Top 10 interesting facts about the…

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Where was the ‘burned Cowan house?’

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor, May 6, 2007 Those familiar with the “literature” and reports about the Battle of Stones River have encountered the Cowan House countless times. Often in official reports of both the Union and Confederate armies it is referred to as the…

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Family acts to protect historic farm

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Erin Edgemon, August 5, 2007 Not all Rutherford County farmers want to see their land turned into residential subdivisions and shopping centers. As the county’s population continues to grow, creating a larger demand for new homes and new places to shop, many owners of…

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Black slave owner an ‘untold part’ of history

Descendant traces wealthy Midstate landowner, by Colby Sledge – Staff Writer – Tennessean, February 27, 2007 Like many wealthy landowners of the pre-Civil War South, Sherrod Bryant owned slaves.  They probably worked much of Bryant’s 700 acres in Middle Tennessee, an area larger than that of Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage plantation.…

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Murfreesboro Post Top 10: Women with historic impact

The Murfreesboro Post, February 18, 2007 A political matron from the time Murfreesboro was the state’s capitol and an astronaut are among the 10 women featured in a new exhibit at the The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County, now open at 225 West College Street. Entitled “From the…

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The untold story of Sgt. William Holland

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, February 18, 2007 Ever visit Hazen’s Monument at Stones River National Battlefield? In case you didn’t know, it is the oldest intact Civil War monument in the nation. Located off the Old Nashville Pike adjacent to the CSX Railroad line, it is a couple of…

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New exhibit features local women who have made history

The Murfreesboro Post, February 13, 2007 From the Nation’s Capital to Neighborhood Classrooms: Rutherford County Women, Past and Present is a new exhibit currently on view at The Heritage Center of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. This exhibit explores the contributions of 10 local women from among the thousands of prominent…

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Visit Murfreesboro’s new Heritage Center

As published in the Murfreesboro Post, Mike West, Managing Editor, February 12, 2007 Have you ever wondered what life was like when Murfreesboro was occupied during the Civil War?  Do you know the different architectural styles that grace the city’s historic neighborhoods? Have you questioned where the county’s place names…

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Civil War: Did a knight’s sacrifice win the battle?

Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post, January 28, 2007 Did the sacrifice of one knight win the day for the Union at the Battle of Stones River? Maj. Gen. William S. Rosecrans apparently believed it did. The knight in question was Col. Julius P. Garesché, Rosecrans’ chief of staff, whose life…

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1997: Subdivision looked like a ‘war zone’

Lisa Marchesoni, Murfreesboro Post, January 24, 2007 Destruction caused by a powerful tornado looked “like somebody had dropped bombs” throughout the Southridge subdivision 10 years ago. Veteran sheriff’s Lt. Joe Gray said the tornado ripped through his neighborhood Friday, Jan. 24, 1997, destroying homes four blocks away. “It looked like…

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