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A Cool Splash in Rutledge Falls: Coffee County Falls Makes for a Great Day Trip

A few miles off of I-24 in Coffee County flows one of Middle Tennessee’s hidden gems. Rutledge Falls is not a state park, so there are no clear signs directing travelers to the falls, nor is it heavily promoted as a scenic destination. Rutledge Falls is a beautiful sight: a waterfall, swimming hole and creek […]

Visitors move toward the door of the Adams Tennis Complex to attend the open house of the facility.
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July 15 Dedication Ceremony for Adams Indoor Tennis Complex

The City of Murfreesboro and Middle Tennessee State University officials will gather for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, dedicating the new Adams Indoor Tennis Complex at Old Fort Park. Officials will unveil the new $5.8 million complex to the Murfreesboro community at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at Old Fort Park, 925 Golf Lane, […]


Confusing Times

Dear Readers, The Yankees are at it again, trying to capture the Confederate flag at strategic strongholds. The motivation behind this latest round of anti-Confederate sentiment may be rooted in good intentions. Those leading the charge say they want more peace, inclusion and tolerance, and less hate, violence and racism. The Confederacy did not stand […]

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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 […]