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District 48 Representative Dr. Bryan Terry Defends the Pastor Protection Act

by Dr. Bryan Terry With regards to the idea that the Pastor Protection Act was drafted to divide the great people of Tennessee, it should be known that I had anticipated the Supreme Court would rule as it did for months. In fact, last year I expected the federal court to strike down Tennessee’s constitutional […]

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Some Bluegrass, a Little Old-time, and a Whole Lot of Talent: Murfreesboro’s Annual Uncle Dave Macon Days

Uncle Dave Macon Days, coming up July 10–12, has been a Murfreesboro tradition since 1978, when the first festival was held on the Square. It replaced 1977’s Homegrown Days, and this time the name stuck. It was the brainchild of Jesse Messick, the owner of Martin Rexall Drug Store, with help from Macon’s grandson, Ramsey […]

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A Walking, Talking, Singing Miracle: Gospel Hymns Keep Granny Grateful

Those living in the downtown Murfreesboro area have come to know Granny, a.k.a. Elizabeth Jernigan, who can often be seen hanging out on the recliner on her porch smoking cigarettes, reading or just watching the world go by. “I love to sing,” Granny said, offering to sing a song for some visitors. She launches into […]

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The Goat Takes Bar Food to a New Level in Gorgeous, Modern Space

Last month, I went on vacation to Florida for seven glorious, beach-filled days. While I was there, I was told about a new restaurant back home called The Goat. My first thought was “That’s a very weird name for a restaurant,” followed immediately by “How quickly will the conservative Christians in Murfreesboro accuse them of […]


Whitesell Ends DA Career with Murder Conviction Against Moses Bess

District Attorney Pro Tem Bill Whitesell did not go quietly into the night. After decades with the DA’s office here, Whitesell made his final argument in Circuit Court recently, netting the conviction of Jewell Moses Bess for first-degree murder in the 1986 shooting death of his wife, Deborah Sherfield Bess. Whitesell retired from office in […]

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The Soul of Broadway Revue Comes to Murfreesboro on July 11

A one-of-a-kind musical revue comes to Murfreesboro’s Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. The show, titled The Soul of Broadway, highlights African Americans in musical theater. Chanel Bragg and Mitchell Vantrease created The Soul of Broadway in Phoenix, Ariz. In 2010, the two sat at a kitchen table and chose […]


Navaeh, Find A Way

From Nashville-based Navaeh comes the group’s newly released third studio endeavor, Find a Way, a nine-track effort full of punchy guitar lines, vigorous cymbal work and howling vocals. As of late, members Andrew Godfrey and Ernest Morris received local traction when Nashville’s 102.9 The Buzz spotlighted the record’s third track, “Fraud,” as a “Buzz Cut […]

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Music City Drum Corps return for Masters of the Summer Music Games

Bands from across the country will return to Middle Tennessee State University’s Johnny “Red” Floyd Stadium on Friday, July 24, for the Drum Corps International’s The Masters of the Summer Music Games. The event will feature pre-show entertainment and competitive performances by nine drum corps ensembles from across the country, including Nashville’s very own Music […]