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Although Murfreesboro is sometimes considered a suburb or exurb of Nashville, Tennessee, it is far enough away [about 35 miles] and has a large enough population to maintain a separate identity from its larger neighbor. It is Tennessee’s fastest growing major city and one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with a population growth from 46,000 to 69,000 between 1990 and 2000, a change of 66%. Named the Most Livable Town in Tennessee, Murfreesboro is the fastest growing city in the state and it’s not hard to see why. In 2006, Murfreesboro was ranked by Money as the 84th best place to live in the United States, out of 745 cities with a population over 50,000. Murfreesboro provides the quality of life that attracts growth — plentiful housing, excellent schools, employment opportunities, outstanding services, recreational programs and regional medical facilities.

Geographic Center of Tennessee:

In 1834, it was determined that the geographic center of Tennessee is located on Old Lascassas Pike, one mile from the Middle Tennessee State University campus. The Rutherford County Historical Society marked the spot with an obelisk in 1976.
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In 1811, the Tennessee State Legislature appointed a committee to select a new site for the Rutherford County seat. The site eventually chosen was 60 cres of land belonging to Captain William Lytle. The General Assembly named the new town "Cannonsburgh," honoring Newton Cannon, a young politician in Williamson County, but upon Captain Lytle’s request, changed the name to "Murfreesborough" one month later. The naming was in memory of Lytle’s friend, Colonel Hardy Murfree. In 1817, "Murfreesboro" was recognized as an official city by the State Legislature and, in 1818, was named the capital of Tennessee because of its central location. However, Nashville regained title as the State capital in 1826.

In the early years of Murfreesboro, it was mainly an agricultural community, with corn, cotton, and tobacco being the main crops. By 1853, the Murfreesboro area was home to three colleges and several academies, prompting it to be called the "Athens of Tennessee" by a visiting religious reporter. Although education suffered from the military occupation and the trauma of the Civil War, by the early 1900’s it began to regain momentum. In 1911, Middle Tennessee State Normal School, for the training of teachers, was opened in Murfreesboro, joining Tennessee College for Women, which had opened in 1907. Today, Middle Tennessee State University is the home of 23,000+ students and has the highest undergraduate enrollment in the state.

After WWII, Murfreesboro and Rutherford County began to change from an agricultural based economy to industrial and manufacturing. Industrial growth has been steady since that time, contributing to a stable economy and phenomenal growth. In the past decade, Murfreesboro has enjoyed substantial residential and commercial growth. The City’s population has increased 53.2 percent from 44,922 in 1990 to 68,816 in 2000. Murfreesboro now has, by special census, a population of 100,575.

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Murfreesboro is not short on places to shop because there is a large indoor and outdoor mall conveniently located a few miles from campus.

Stones River Mall

Shop in style at the newly renovated Stones River Mall, featuring new Italian tile floors, arched ceilings, fixtures, lighting, mall entrances trimmed with stack stone, specialty kiosks and family restrooms. New and expanded JCPenney and Dillard’s department stores make for the perfect shopping trip. Plus enjoy shopping in our new open-air promenade, The Shops at Stones River, connecting popular shopping and dining venues. The Shops at Stones River, anchored by Dillard’s, features Forever 21, C.J. Banks and Bink’s Outfitters, GAP, GAPKid’s, babyGAP, A’GACI, Shoe Carnival, Yogurt Oasis and more, coming soon.

The Avenue

The Avenue is Murfreesboro’s latest addition and one stop
destination for shopping and dining. This large outdoor mall has
all the latest shops with some of the best restaurants in town.

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The night before each home game the team stays at a local hotel to get away from the distractions on campus and focus on the next day’s game. The Middle Tennessee Football team is privileged and proud to call the Embassy Suites Murfreesboro their new home.

The Embassy Suites Murfreesboro offers all the services and amenities you’d expect from the region’s premier new hotel. Players enjoy the most relaxing and secluded Murfreesboro lodging experience possible. Featuring spacious two-room suites with separate living rooms and bedrooms, the Embassy Suites Murfreesboro offers comfortable accommodations of every kind. All suites are equipped with the famous Embassy Essentials™ Bedding Collection, two televisions, microwave, refrigerator and much more. Players will also find a complimentary USA Today every game day morning.