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By Mike Sparks A new historical marker was placed in honor of the Bennett family that lost their lives in one of Smith County’s worst train accidents on April 24,1949 The unveiling of the marker took place on Sunday, July 7th at the railroad crossing which is located near the intersection of Lancaster Highway and Stewart’s Bend Lane in Lancaster.  The...
By Bill Cary (Posted with permission from tnhistoryforkids.org) Rutherford County Nissan's groundbreaking PHOTO: TN State Library & Archives Let's talk about something big that happened in Rutherford County, followed by something big that nearly happened in Rutherford County. In 1980, after months of looking at sites all over the country, Nissan announced that it was building an automobile assembly plant in Smyrna. It was the...
By Jennifer Sicking (Used with permission from the Tennessee Alumnus magazine) It’s a quote Randy Boyd surrounds himself with—in his Knoxville home, in his office, on a wall at his apartment in Nashville. Each day, he reads it. Each day, he’s reminded. “Sometimes daring mighty things is uncomfortable,” he says. “You had to step out of your comfort zone, and there’s a probability when...
SharingChange is MTEMC’s charitable foundation whose sole purpose is to give back to the communities we serve. How It Works Funds are donated by MTEMC members like you, and 100% of the donations go to local charities and organizations such as Empower Me Daycamp in Lebanon and Project Healing Waters. Since 2003, Middle Tennessee Electric’s charitable foundations have distributed more than...
By Bill Carey July 2019   As this 1818 map shows, West Tennessee used to be entirely Chickasaw Indian territory (John Melish map, Tennessee State Library and Archives). An ad from the Jackson Gazette, July 9, 1825. Tennessee towns didn’t just “happen.” They were founded by investors who pooled their money, sent surveyors to find the...
By Meribah Knight • Jun 26, 2019 (Story originally published on the Nashville Public Radio website) In the two decades since Murfreesboro last raised property taxes, the city has almost doubled in population. Flickr/patchattack  Update: This story has been updated to reflect the Wednesday vote by the Rutherford County Commission. Rutherford County commissioners voted on Wednesday to increase the property tax...
By Mike Sparks 6-25-19 More 'Good News' for Tennessee! GOVERNOR LEE, COMMISSIONER ROLFE ANNOUNCE MITSUBISHI MOTORS NORTH AMERICA TO RELOCATE US HEADQUARTERS TO FRANKLIN Mitsubishi Motors will invest $18.25 million to move U.S. headquarters to Williamson County Move will strengthen Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, bring approximately 200 jobs to Franklin Relocation will begin in August and be completed by end of 2019 FRANKLIN, TN...
By Justin Owen June 19, 2019 Grilling Rising City and County Property Taxes As summer heats up, so too are local government budgets. Many local governments pass new budgets this time of year, and several are making a cash grab as part of their budget proposals. In the past few weeks alone, at least four local governments have proposed massive property tax...
Disney Science 06/24/2019 Quick, can you name the only Disney main character who doesn’t talk? Did you say “Rover”? If you did, take a bow. Oh, wait, you don’t recognize or remember a character named Rover? Well that’s because in 1931 Walt Disney abruptly changed the name of the character to the name of a newly discovered planet, Pluto. Why did he...
Have you heard the good news? The Trump Administration has responded to the concerns of pro-life Americans who were upset by the news that the FDA and NIH purchased the body parts of aborted babies for research. The contract has now been canceled. Thank God! Your voice - along with the voices of pro-lifers across the country - is making a huge...

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