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‘The Adventures of the Big Boy’ – initially ‘The Adventures of Big Boy’ – was a promotional comic book given free to children who visited the Shoney’s Big Boy restaurants. Intended to ‘give the kids something to do while they waited for their food,’ the book involves the escapades of Big Boy…

The Church of the Holy Rosary is pictured circa 1968 in Donelson. The new church at the time is pictured on the left, and the former church is in the center. The school is on the right. PHOTO COURTESY OF FRED AIKEN

Benson’s Foodland Market was at the corner of Central Pike and Dobson Chapel. It closed in 2015 after 65 years and was one of Nashville’s oldest independently owned grocery stores. The market was owned by five generations of the Benson family. Richard Benson started working at the store with…

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The Donelson Plaza was opened in 1961 with Castner Knott serving as its anchor tenant. EAI completed the demolition of the former three-story Castner Knott, as well as building separation and demolition of three adjoining suites to the west. The portion of the plaza consisted of about 50,000…

Local Phillip Clairborne loves to draw local venues in the Hermitage, Donelson and Old Hickory areas, including a drawing of President Andrew Jackson’s tomb at the Hermitage. When Rachel Jackson died suddenly Dec. 22, 1828, Andrew Jackson had yet to make any preparations for their final rest…

A picture shows what Two Rivers Mansion looked like in 1910. Historians believe at that time, Frank McGavock and his second wife, Clara, lived in the mansion at the time. Two Rivers Mansion still stands on McGavock Pike in Donelson and is one of the last of the elaborate antebellum country h…

An image from the 1960s shows the winding stairway at Clover Bottom Mansion in Donelson. Claude A. Wilson, principal of the Tennessee for the Blind, stands at the base by the carved newel post that, at the time, was missing the pineapple that used to grace the top. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN HARWELL

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Built in 1832, the Belair Mansion is currently a historic inn in Donelson. The mansion was a home to many prominent Nashville residents. The picture was taken in 1940. It was built as a wedding present from John Harding, the owner of the Belle Meade Plantation, to his daughter, Elizabeth, an…

An aerial view shows Opry Mills Mall in Donelson after floodwaters from the flood in early May 2010 reportedly reached as high as 10 feet inside the mall and forced the closure of the facility temporarily. The entire property was remediated. In September 2010, restoration work was halted whi…

Nashville Mayor Beverly Briley proclaims Donelson Progress Week on Jan. 21, 1965. With him are some of Donelson’s oldest businessmen at the time, Arthur Bowen and Cliff McClendon – descendants of early pioneer families – Mrs. Nell Radford, R.M. Mires and Sam Carver. PHOTO COURTESY OF LEONA T…

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Though no longer living, Uncle Hummy Rinaldo is remembered in the Donelson area. Humbert Rinaldo came to Donelson in 1884 when he was 6 years old with his father, Rineri Rinaldo, originally from Italy, and his German mother. He lived and farmed on his family’s 12 acres until his death Sept. …

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A picture shows Mr. and Mrs. John Donelson VII at a home in Donelson. They are at Stone Hall on Lebanon Road near the east end of Stone’s River Bridge in the late 1960s. They sit in front of a painting of Capt. John Donelson. PHOTO COURTESY OF LEONA AIKEN

C. Lawrence Winn, great-great-grandson of Andrew Jackson, is pictured holding a painting of his young mother who died when he was an infant. His grandmother was Andrew Jackson’s granddaughter, Rachel, who rode 30 days in an old carriage from the Hermitage to the White House in Washington whe…

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Dr. W.M. Crockett, of Donelson history, was a popular resident. He owned one of Donelson’s first general merchandise stores. His brother, Tom, was the druggist. It was in the curve of Lebanon Road, west of Stewart’s Ferry Pike. His home was across the street. He built two stone houses on eac…

The finalists were recognized and the winner in each category announced during a live presentation on Facebook this morning. Publisher, Dave Gould, with host, Devon O'Day, shared the results from the votes from our local readers.