Author Reuben Kyle at Linebaugh Library January 6th!

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Linebaugh Public Library will be hosting local author, Reuben Kyle, on Monday, January 6th, from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. Kyle will be selling and signing copies of his book, From Nashborough to the Nobel Prize: The Buchanans of Tennessee, which was published by Twin Oaks Press in 2013.

This book relates the story of the Buchanan family of Tennessee, a story that in many respects mirrors the history of the country but culminates in an accomplishment that few achieve. Like many of the European settlers of North America, the Buchanans’ story begins in Scotland, moves to Ireland, and crosses the Atlantic. It follows the family as it settles a dangerous and difficult new world, helps build a community and society in mid-19th century America, survives the brutal Civil War and the challenging years after that conflict, and thrives in the 20th century.

The title From Nashborough to the Nobel Prize refers to the path leading to James McGill Buchanan Jr., who was not a political figure or a businessman like others of the family but a scholar and teacher. James Buchanan won the Nobel Prize for Economic Science in 1986 as the founder of the field of Public Choice, which applies the tools of economics to public decision making. Public choice has been described as “politics without romance.” James Buchanan was representative of the hardworking, independent-minded family, even the prototypical American family, from which he came.


Reuben Kyle is Professor Emeritus of Economics. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, the University of Alabama, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition, he is a veteran of the United State Air Force. From 1972 until his retirement in 2006, he was a member of the MTSU Economics and Finance Department. Over the course of those years he served in many capacities including chair of his department and Director of the Business and Economic Research Center. He was privileged to teach many students in a variety of courses. His research interest is focused on the economics of transportation, financial services, and education. Since his retirement from the university he is a research consultant for the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations.  Dr. Kyle is married to Carroll T. Kyle, a retired nursing administrator, and they have one daughter and two grandsons.

The author will be selling copies of his book for $18 each and will accept payments of cash or checks.


Linebaugh Public Library is located at 105 W. Vine Murfreesboro. Smyrna Public Library is located at 400 Enon Springs Rd. Westin Smyrna. Eagleville Bicentennial Public Library is located at 317 Hwy 99E in Eagleville. MGL Library is located inside PattersonParkCommunity Centerat 521 Mercury Murfreesboro. Our vision is to be a stimulating network of vital learning and enrichment centers in our communities. For more information, call 615-893-4131 or visit

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