July 3, 2021 – Rockvale Ruritans 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 2021, Rockvale, Tennessee Did you know the Rockvale Ruritans Club has been hosting the annual 4th of July Celebration since 1927? 2021 marked the 94th year of this piece of Americana. Hamburgers, ice cream, Kona Ice, barbeque, games and most of all, a sense of community. No ticket…

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A Country Store (1912-1914)

Rutherford County Historical Society Publication 2, 1978 (Selection from Jack R. Mankin’s “Autobiography” written for his children in which he describes his brother’s store and offers some nostalgic impressions of life as he remembers it in the surrounding communities of Mankinville and Dilton.) When I was a child–some eight or…

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Christiana High School Composite Pics

May 15, 2021, Volunteer Frank Caperton Wow – what a morning at the Ransom School House. One of our volunteers opened the grand old lady (Ransom School House) to find these wonderful gifts leaned against our front door!!!

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Sewart Air Force Base – June 1 declared Sewart Day

June 1, 1967, The Rutherford Courier For a quarter of a century, during which time the United States has fought World War II, the Korean War and now the war in southeast Asia, Sewart Air Force Base has played a dominant role in the defense of this nation. The proclamation…

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“Unconstitutional” 231 School Had Short History

Frow Chips, March/April, 2021, Greg Tucker, Rutherford County Historian In 1962, eight years after the U. S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that segregated education was unconstitutional, the Rutherford County school system opened a new segregated school facility on U. S. Highway 231 South. The all black faculty taught black students…

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Cross Lanes School (Christiana) 1868-1908

CROSS LANES SCHOOL, sometimes called CROSS ROADS and KATY’S ACADEMY f 1. 1868-1908, was located about four miles southeast of Christiana on the south side of Wayside Road at its intersection with Woodfin and Sledge Roads. Judge Tillman Davis Johnson wrote in his “Memoirs”: “During that same period I went…

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Big Springs School, 1918-1941

BIG SPRING SCHOOL 1918-1941 was built on the site of the former school. In 1918 there was a dire need for a new school. Will Newman was the teacher and his father owned the sawmill nearby. After the people of the community had brought their logs to be sawed, the…

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Big Spring School, 1881-1899

BIG SPRING SCHOOL 1881-1898 or 1899 was an upper school about one mile east of Big Spring on the south side of Big Spring Road and west of the Baptist church. On August 22, 1881, W. D. Mankin signed a deed for a school to School Commissioners W. B. Mankin,…

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