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About Tom

I'm an old news man, any way you look at me. Not as old in years as some local journos I much admire, but committed to bringing old news from Nashville's deeper past back to life.

Prep Prattle: Nashville Teen Life, Early 1950s

Gannett has not even bothered to market a service it’s offering that will delight scores of Nashville-history nerds. The entire archive of The Tennessean and its predecessors, dating back to the early 19th century, is now available in digital, searchable form … Continue reading

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1884 story on new Sulphur Dell

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1940 census discoveries: Red Grooms, age 2

Here is my mother Nancy Bowers Wood’s Hillsboro High classmate Red Grooms as a baby, right on the edge of Sevier Park. To the end of her life, Mom regretted not saving the textbooks of hers in which Red had … Continue reading

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Paper losses

We interrupt this dormant blog to mourn and kvetch about corporate journalism. Continue reading

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History on hold

To all who have enjoyed reading Old News in its first few months, Happy New Year. A hectic holiday season kept me from rolling out the weekly posts after mid-December, and now I am about to embark on a project … Continue reading

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This week in Nashville history: Goodbye, hello

Departures and arrivals figure prominently in this week of Nashville history. December 13 was the date of at least three notable Nashville demises in the first half of the 20th century, as noted in this NashvillePost.com history item from 2005: … Continue reading

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In other news: Vandy turns down Orange Bowl invite

3 December 1935: Red O’Donnell of the Evening Tennessean reports that Vanderbilt’s football program has rejected a “feeler bid” to play in the second annual Orange Bowl at Miami on New Year’s Day 1936. The Commodores have just wrapped up … Continue reading

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This week in Nashville history: News of the military and the ministry

This week, millions of Americans will remember Pearl Harbor, the calamitous Japanese attack that brought our country into the Second World War — even though only a few thousand survivors of the raid on the U.S. Pacific Fleet remain to … Continue reading

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This week in Nashville history: You gonna eat that?

As we close in on the end of Nashville Banner scribe Marmaduke Morton’s 1930 serialized memoir of the city he covered in the 1880s, the tale of a long-ago dining contest awaits… 30 Nov. 1930: “Achievement of Nat Baxter, Jr., … Continue reading

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This week in Nashville history: Educators, coppers, insurance men and more

Our time with Banner Managing Editor Marmaduke B. Morton is drawing to a close, as only two more installments of his serialized memoir from autumn 1930 remain after this week’s column. If you have been reading the episodes posted in … Continue reading

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