Picnic sets Murfreesboro Bicentennial Date

Greg Tucker, ‘Rutherford for Real’, published 2010  (‘Rutherford for Real‘ may be purchased for only $20 by contacting frank@frankcaperton.com) By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society In the midst of the upcoming Civil War sesquicentennial observance (2011-15), the Rutherford County seat (Murfreesboro) will celebrate its bicentennial — but on…

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Moving County Seat Quieted Village

Ann Betts, The Nashville Tennessean, June 20, 1984 Old Jefferson – The summer quiet of this rural community was broken only by two youngsters bicycling by the church.  Old gaunt cedars shade the antebellum homes from the dust of the road, where newer homes stand.   But according to a…

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Pickled Apple Fueled School Rivalry

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, September 19, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society “It was in a big, old glass jar,” says Bobby Huddleston, remembering his years from 1946 to 1949 at Murfreesboro Central High School. “And it looked like a pickled apple.” In the…

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First County ‘Poorhouse’ on Cripple Creek

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, September 5, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Rutherford County’s first tax-funded “welfare program” was initiated over 170 years ago on Cripple Creek. The Tennessee General Assembly enacted legislation in 1826 authorizing all Tennessee counties to levy a tax…

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Beware the curse of Davis’ Market

The Murfreesboro Post, August 29, 2010 There are many legends surrounding it.  Many who have been around Murfreesboro for long know at least one of them, but no one, not even the owners, have any idea where they sprang from. It is the legend or the curse, some might say,…

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Famous Writers Made This Home

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, August 22, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President of the Rutherford County Historical Society From different generations, they both knew fame.  One came to Rutherford to establish her legacy, and left only litigation.  The other came to die.  Andre Norton was a prolific…

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Bradley Academy has Confusing History

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, August 15, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Even married historians Homer and Mable Pittard could not agree.  Mable reported that Samuel Black, the first teacher, came from Gallatin, and that a Jefferson area land owner donated the land…

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Former Smyrna mayor Knox Ridley dies

The Murfreesboro Post, August 7, 2010 A service celebrating the life of Knox Ridley will be held Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at 10:00AM at Woodfin Funeral Home in Smyrna. Officiating will be Father Joseph P. Breen.  A visitation for family and friends will be held Monday, August 9th from 5:00PM…

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Held for Ransom

Murfreesboro Post, July 27, 2010 Long, overgrown blades of grass reach for the sky as they creep in around the sides of the small dilapidated domicile. Warped sheets of plywood struggle to stay wedged in old window frames, the only barriers to the outside elements. Sad red bricks sag from…

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KKK March Protested New Church

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, July 25, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society A Union general, a New York donor and the Ku Klux Klan were involved in the early years of the Catholic Church in Rutherford County. According to local church history, the…

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United Way taps into old for new event

Sarah Fryar, Murfreesboro Post, July 4, 2010 United Way taps into old for new event – The Murfreesboro Post The rivaling relationship between all things old and all things new could possibly be traced back to the beginning of time. We live in a society that has popularized expressions like…

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New Book Preserves County’s Stories

Proceeds go to Discovery Center (by Doug Davis, Daily News Journal) Rutherford Countians will have an opportunity to revisit history, or take the tour for the first time, with the publishing of The Daily News Journal columnist Greg Tucker’s first volume of “Remembering Rutherford.” Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess purchased…

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Judge Edwin Ewing, a forgotten political powerhouse

March 14, 2010, Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post Editor’s note: This article concludes the series. Following the Civil war, Edwin Ewing lived in Murfreesboro with one of his daughters on North Highland Drive. Built in 1856 by Dr. Ford Norfleet, the home was a two-story brick and one of the…

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Presidential term took hard toll on James K. Polk

February 29, 2010, Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post During her husband’s years in Congress, Sarah Childress Polk sharpened her knowledge of political life. During her husbands years in Congress, Sarah Childress Polk sharpened her knowledge of political life. Besides being well informed, she was ambitious for her husband. When James…

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Mink Slide Mammals were only Human

As published by the Daily News Journal, Sunday, February 21, 2010 By Greg Tucker, President Rutherford County Historical Society Where a mink has been going to and from the water, the bank will be worn smooth and bare. We call that a “mink slide.” The office of the city attorney…

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Who is RuCo’s most famous woman?

February 21, 2010, Mike West, The Murfreesboro Post A strong case can be made for a former First Lady. A strong case can be made for Sarah Childress, who went on to be the wife of James K. Polk, Americas 11th president. Sarah was born in 1803 to Joel Childress,…

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Bell Street Water Tower to be Dismantled

Mary Katherine Rooker, WSMV TV, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, January 25, 2010 The water tower on Bell Street in Murfreesboro has stood for 80 years. It’s the city’s oldest standing water tower.  But the 137-foot-tall landmark is about to be dismantled. Water and sewer officials are tearing it down because it’s too…

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New book on Judy Garland available

The Murfreesboro Post, January 25, 2010 Catsong Publishing announced today the release of a new book, “From Tennessee to Oz – The Amazing Saga of Judy Garland’s Family History” by author Michelle Russell. Judy Garland, who is best known for her portrayal of Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz,” was…

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On the lookout for historic buildings

Michelle Willard, The Murfreesboro Post, January 24, 2010 Tucked behind hedges at the corner of Pitts Lane and Patriot Drive, a dogtrot-style log home hides from public view. But employees of Rutherford County were out looking for it.  The group of four was out touring the county in search of…

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