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Smyrna Guitarist Teaching the World Via Skype

Lance Allen smiles as he listens to a student strumming a guitar. Not an uncommon scene in this part of the country, where guitar picking seems to be a regional pastime. What is uncommon is that Allen is based in Smyrna, but his students . . . well, they could be anywhere an Internet connection […]


Music Through the Decades: the 1950s and 1960s and the Story of Tiger Den

In the fall of 1963, I was a freshman at Murfreesboro Central High. For nearly a decade, there were some established traditions left by many a teen, one of which were the dances and activities of “Tiger Den.” Tiger Den was a teen hangout found in two different locations at Central, one in the Old […]


Community Troubles

There are different kinds of troubles that can afflict a community. Many times it plagues the children as well as the adults. Here are some thoughtful selections toward that broad subject. The Hunt (2013) is written and directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration). Mads Mikkelsen stars as a divorced father who works in a child […]

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High School Bands Compete in Contest of Champions Oct. 25

MTSU’s Floyd Stadium will host the 53rd annual Contest of Champions on Saturday, Oct. 25. The marching band contest is produced and directed by the men and women of the MTSU Band of Blue, and organizers declare a mission “where the important goal is not winning, but the discovery of the very best in each […]


A Busy Ending to the Growing Season

The growing season may be finishing up this year, but it is still a busy time of the year for the home gardener. Hardscaping as well as gardening and landscaping maintenance can be done in preparation for the next growing season and also to maintain yard beauty throughout the winter months. Some Suggested End-of-Season Chores: […]

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The Trails: No Silence of the Jams, Saturday, Oct. 25

Middle Tennessee’s diverse jam band The Trails will perform with Sugar Lime Blue and Year of October on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Wall Street, for a night billed “No Silence of the Jams.” While performing in the improvisational jam-band tradition, the band, true to its name, wanders down many trails, blending elements of funk, classical, […]

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’Boro Art: Creepy October Creations

Some of Murfreesboro’s finest local artists have scared up some very special creations for us this October. All of these works are either for sale, or the artists can be commissioned to create something similar. It’s never too early to start Christmas shopping for that certain someone in your life who celebrates Halloween year-round. We […]

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Piano + Art Couple Returns to Tennessee

Eric Stevenson and Elizabeth Jancewicz, the husband and wife duo behind Pocket Vinyl, will return to Middle Tennessee this month. The couple, hailing from Connecticut, will appear up on Hippie Hill on Saturday, Oct. 18; at Murfreesboro’s Two-Tone Art Gallery on Sunday, Oct. 19; and at Springwater in Nashville on Monday, Oct. 20. During their […]