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Donald E. Rappe

His wishes were to be cremated. Interment will take place at Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery in Aberdeen, with no formal services being held.

Schriver’s Memorial Mortuary and Crematory, 414 5th Avenue NW, Aberdeen, is in charge of arrangements. Friends may sign Donald’s online guestbook at

Donald E. Rappe was born May 16, 1946, to William and Magdalena (Alexander) Rappe in Aberdeen, SD. This is the area where he was raised. Donald attended Aberdeen public schools and was a graduate of Aberdeen Central High School.

Donald was united in marriage to Marjorie Lang on February 6, 1970. The couple made Aberdeen their home, where Donald worked in the Detailing Department of Pierson Ford for 30 years...

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UTSI holds Annual 2018 Service Awards

The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) held its Annual Service Awards Luncheon on May 8. Pictured from left are, Dr. Brian Canfield, Alexander Terekhov, Jacob Bowman, Becky Stines, Larry Walls, Kathlene Franklin, Leo Bonner, Courtney Maicle-Frazier, Paula Morris, Jennifer Boyles, Kanawful Massingille, Vicki Carr, Mark Cross, and Dennis Harbin.
photo by: Laura Horton

Tullahoma, TN – The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) held its Annual Service Awards Luncheon on May 8, 2018. This event recognizes faculty and staff as they reach milestones in their employment at UTSI. Executive Director, Dr. Mark Whorton presented the awards and expressed his sincere appreciation to everyone attending...

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Vandals strike President Andrew Jackson’s tomb

NASHVILLE, TN – (WZTV/CNN) – Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage attracts visitors from all walks and parts of the world to see the seventh U.S. president’s home, way of life and tomb.

"It’s the same thing as visiting as visiting George Washington’s tomb at Mt. Vernon or Thomas Jefferson’s tomb at Monticello," said Howard Kittell, president and CEO of the Andre Jackson Foundation.

But Saturday, Kittell said disrespect is why the foundation is respectfully covering up Jackson’s tomb. He was laid to rest in 1845. His beloved wife, Rachel, who died in 1828, is also buried there.

Kittell said on Friday morning, just before a scheduled board members’ portrait at the site, the grounds crew arrived to find someone had vandalized President Andrew and Rachel Jackson’s graves in Rachel’s garden.

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Tennessee: We rob graves for tourism

Ned Jilton

1 / 3 People stop to photograph the tomb of President James K. Polk while touring the grounds of the Capitol Building in Nashville.

I thought it was bad when Memphis took the monument off the grave of Nathan Bedford Forrest, but now the state legislature has voted in favor of removing not only the monument but the bodies from the graves of President James K. Polk and his wife.

And the reason the state has decided to move the tomb? Some claim it is to better honor the president, but the real truth, in my opinion, is money and tourism.


Polk died in Nashville on June 15, 1849, just three months after leaving office.

Because he died of cholera, Nashville law required he be buried within 24 hours of his death, so he was temporarily interred in Nashville City Cemetery...

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Senators tied for 10th place after first day at Hermitage

OLD HICKORY — Walters State opened play in the Tennessee State University Big Blue Intercollegiate Monday with a 36-hole score of 47-over par 615, putting the Senators in a tie for 10th place in the 13-team tournament comprised of 11 four-year schools and two junior college teams.

The Senators were in eighth place after posting an opening round score of 304 before closing with a total of 311 to end the long day tied for the 10th spot with Union University at 615.

UT-Martin leads the tournament at 6-over par 574 after posting back-to-back rounds of 287, while host Tennessee State and Wright State are both tied for second at 578. Murray State is fourth at 585, followed by Evansville (587), JUCO’s John A...

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Bargain hunters take fresh look at Fairview

When best friends Larry Ferguson and Mike Polito and their families moved from the West Coast to Nashville, they settled in a community many natives of the city probably have never visited, much less considered as a place to purchase their next home.

With their children and grandchildren, the Fergusons and the Politos purchased newly built homes in Fairview, along I-40 in the most rural part of Williamson County.

Fairview is just one of the long-overlooked places that are suddenly attracting attention from homebuilders and buyers alike.

Anyone searching for new homes in the Nashville area will no doubt become familiar with Antioch, Cane Ridge, Old Hickory, Whites Creek and Wedgewood-Houston.

“There’s not a lot in Fairview, but it’s 30 minutes to Cool Springs, 30 minutes to downtown Nashvil...

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America can learn a lot from the flawed Andrew Jackson

Frances Spradley’s family has helped preserve the history and legacy of The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s former home, for generations. Spradley serves as regent of the Andrew Jackson Foundation’s board of directors. Wochit

(Photo: The Hermitage / Used with permission)

Andrew Jackson was born 250 years ago this March 15. For much of that quarter-millennium, he was one of the most admired figures in American life. Parents christened their sons after him; towns, counties, lakes, mountains and schools bearing Jackson’s name appeared in every state. The famous image of Jackson having one of the best hair days in American history was engraved on the $20 bill.

But Jackson started falling out of favor a couple generations ago...

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Nashville 2nd-Grader Brings BB Gun To School

HERMITAGE, TN — A Hermitage second-grader brought a BB gun to school, Metro Schools and Metro Police confirmed Tuesday.

The 7-year-old student at Ruby Major Elementary School on John Hagar Road near the Wilson County line did not make any threats, schools officials said, and no longer has the weapon.

Metro Police are working with administrators following the incident.

An official with Metro Nashville Public Schools said the second-grader no longer has possession of the weapon and no threat was made against the school.

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Exhibition — “Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama” at Pink Palace Museum

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For more than a thousand years, a cemetery on the banks of the Rio Grande de Coclé in Panama lay undisturbed, escaping the attention of gold seekers and looters. In 1927, the river flooded, setting the scene for one of the richest discoveries in the history of American archaeology.

In 1940, a Penn Museum team led by J. Alden Mason excavated at the cemetery, revealing the single largest grouping of grave goods ever unearthed in Panama—golden plaques and pendants with animal-human motifs, precious and semiprecious stones, animal bone ornaments, and literally tons of detail-rich painted ceramics.

Beginning February 03, 2018, Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama will immerse visitors in the history of the original excavation, and introduce the...

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Rare Sunday Bank Robbery In Hermitage

HERMITAGE, TN — Sunday, by virtue of the overwhelming majority of banks being closed, is generally not a big day for bank heists.

Count Sunday’s hold-up in Hermitage as rara avis.

The U.S. Bank branch inside the Hermitage Kroger does, indeed, offer Sunday banking hours, a fact taken advantage of by a man who walked up to the teller Sunday afternoon and passed a note saying he was armed and demanding cash.

The teller said she could not see an actual weapon.

The man walked from the store after he got the cash.

Metro Police ask anyone with information to call CrimeStoppers at 615-742-7463.

Photos via Metro Nashville Police

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