69th Blackman BBQ “June 22nd”

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018
69th Blackman Barbecue at The Grove at Williamson Place
3250 Wilkinson Pike
Murfreesboro TN

TIME – 5pm – 8pm

Tickets – $12.00 adult, $6.00 children and $5.00 admission only

We are excited to have back Smoked Pork BBQ by B & T’s Country Cajun Catering
Music by “Wildcat Ridge”
Live Auction by Auctioneer Steve Sandlin

Bring your lawn chair and fellowship with friends.

Corn Hole, Face Painting, Balloon Art, duck pond, photo booth, ring toss and more!

All proceeds go towards scholarships, playground, Atlas backpack meals, building maintenance and other community service projects by the Blackman Community Club.

Nonprofit and politicians please contact Tammy Sandlin for more information about how you can participate.

For more information email

68th BBQ Rescheduled

Due to the bad weather, rain and flooding we are getting today and tomorrow the Barbecue has been CANCELED for Friday, June 23rd. We have rescheduled it for Friday, June 30th at The Grove.

We are sorry for any inconvenience. Please mark your calendar. We hope to see you need week.

68th Annual Blackman Barbecue

68th Annual Blackman Barbecue
Friday, June 30th (new date)
at The Grove at Williamson Place
3250 Wilkinson Pike
Murfreesboro TN

Tickets sold at the gate
$12.00 adults
$6.00 kids

Smoked Pork BBQ by B & T’s Country Cajun Catering
Music by the local band “Grasstime”
6pm Special Clogging performance by “SoZo Dance Academy
Live Auction

Corn hole, face painting, antique cars & More! Bring the family.


Questions – Contact Tammy Sandlin

Click links to see featured newspaper article and listen to the live radio with WGNS!


UPtown Country Band
Rhonda Tenpenny-Sandra Frans-Teresa Camp are the girl singers
Billy Taylor on electric base
Mike Moser on electric lead guitar
Ray Rice on keyboards
Mark Leonard on drums


Playground News

On June 24th the Blackman Community Club hosted the 67th Blackman Barbecue at Lane Agri-Park. This year’s proceeds went to the upgrading the current playground.

Our club reached out to a local Boy Scout Troops to find the perfect match for our project. Christine Smith, a sophomore from Oakland High School with Troop 1108, was searching for a project to earn his Eagle Scout. Christine, his father Bill Heringlake, and Scout Master David Kirkham, along with Christine’s troop, meet with the committee and began the planning of the new play ground addition. The troop worked several weekends. We added a new swing, climber, balance bean, spin seat, tunnel, new mulch and boarders. The new pieces are more appropriate for ages 2-5.

We would like to thank the community for supporting our annual Barbecue. It has been a tradition in the community for 67 years. This year we served over 500 people and more than thousands attended.


Blackman Community Club announces 2017 Officers

Blackman Community announces 2017 Officers

President: Tammy Sandlin
Vice President: Andrea Devers
Secretary: Sherry Tidwell
Treasurer: Scott Rowlett / Bobby Francis
Building Rentals: Melissa Batey

2015-2016 Scholarship Winners

The Blackman Community Club would like to announce the winners of the 2015-2016 Scholarships. We received four applications from Blackman High School and four applications from Stewart’s Creek High School. Each application was judged on:

*The two page essay
*Community Service
*Higher education plans
*Two letters of recommendation
*Neatness & Creativity

After careful consideration, the Blackman Community Club is honored to announced the winners of the 2016 Scholarships!

From Blackman High: Madison Childers


From Stewarts Creek High: Brianna Bauman



Date set for 67th Annual Blackman Barbecue

The 67th annual Blackman Barbeque will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 24  at Lane Agri-Park located at 315 John R. Rice Blvd. in Murfreesboro. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 10 and younger. They are being sold now by Blackman Community Club members and will also be available at the door. Proceeds go for upkeep of the Blackman Community Center, the scholarship fund and various service projects.

Food will be prepared by “Country Cajun Catering” by Robert McConnell and Clint Rine featureing outstanding smoked pork.  In addition to dinner the event includes music by “Pork and Beans,” square dancing by the Cripple Creek Cloggers, and John Iden the “Balloon Man” will be there creating his balloon art and sculptures, as well as Face Painting, Corn Hole, an appearance by the Rutherford County fire department and much more.

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This is rated a “must see” event, featuring a chance to renew acquaintances and talk politics and meet your candidates.


We would like our event sponsors listed below. Sponsors are in no way affiliated with or endorsed by the Blackman Community Club.






Blackman Community Club announces 2016 Officers

Blackman Community announces 2016 Officers
President: Tammy Sandlin
Vice President: Debbie Johnson
Secretary: Sherry Tidwell
Treasurer: Scott Rowlett

Blackman Community serves up BBQ, hospitality

By Nancy De Gennaro
Source: The Daily News Journal


Economic growth may have rerouted the roads in Blackman and brought a few more thousand people into the unincorporated community, but progress has failed to stop the longest-standing tradition in the community.

“This will be the 66th annual Blackman Barbecue,” said John L. Batey, local businessman, farmer and lifelong member of the Blackman Community.

The annual Blackman Community Club fundraising barbecue is always held the fourth Friday in June. This year, it’s being held at Lane Agri-Park, 315 John Rice Blvd. in Murfreesboro. But expect that to change next year, said event chairman Marshall Campbell.

“Next year we’re probably going to have it at The Grove (at Williamson Place) over by Batey’s Berry Farm,” said Campbell, who moved his family into the community just a few years ago.

The barbecue was originally held on the McDonald farm in the Blackman Community to raise funds to build a community center for the club, which was established in 1947. Funds were raised to build the Blackman Community Club, 4310 Manson Pike, where the event eventually moved and stayed for decades.

For the most part, the menu has stayed the same throughout the event: barbecue sandwich, baked beans, slaw and chips.

“The first three or four years, we had our choice of pork barbecue or goat barbecue,” said Batey, a hog farmer. “They got it from what was called the old 41 Club on Old Nashville Highway.”

Location for the screened-in barbecue pit was just a few miles from the community center. The ladies of the community would go in the morning and pick up the barbecued meat, take it back and chop it up by hand for the barbecue sandwiches that would be served at the event.

The women would also chop up cabbage and carrots to make slaw, Batey said.

Members of Blackman’s home demonstration club, now known as the Family Community Education Club (FCE), would also sell homemade ice cream.

“And every family would take home two gallons of beans and they all had the same recipe to follow so the baked beans tasted the same,” Batey recalled. “By the time we got ready, we were worn out.”

In addition to food, families could enjoy fellowship.

“For years, having it at the club was almost like a homecoming,” Campbell said.

Batey said there were wagon rides for kids, cake walks, games and even a dunking machine.

“We also had square dancing every year,” Batey said. “We had a lot of entertainment. So many different things for all ages.”

As the city of Murfreesboro grew, so did the Blackman Community. And the barbecue grew in size and popularity, too.

The event got so big, “we just had to move it,” Batey said.

Since 2012, the Blackman Barbecue has been held at Lane Agri-Park and draws around 400-500 patrons.

“We’ve served as many as a thousand,” Campbell said. But since 2015 is not an election year, he thinks the crowd will hover around 500.

Proceeds from the annual event benefit a variety of club projects. And just recently, after nearly 70 years in existence, the Blackman Community Club finally garnered an official 501c3 nonprofit charity status, Campbell said.

Money helps fund two $500 college scholarships for graduating Blackman High seniors.

“We also adopt a family at Thanksgiving, one at Christmas and one at Easter,” Campbell said.

The club purchases holiday dinners and provides gifts at Christmastime.

“The money also goes to the upkeep of the club. We’ve got a playground set that’s open to everyone. And the club can be rented out, too. It’s an old building, so it’s harder to keep that up,” Campbell said.

Tickets for Blackman Barbecue can be purchased at the door. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for ages 10 and younger. Julia’s Sweet Truck will be on site to sell treats.

And while the food is definitely a draw, Campbell said the best part of the Blackman Barbecue is getting to meet your neighbors.

“This is a social event. It’s a great time to socialize with others in the Blackman Community as well as Murfreesboro as a whole,” Campbell said.

The Blackman Barbecue has always drawn the politicians, Batey said, especially during election years.

Blackman Barbecue still expands with community

By Scott Broden
Source: The Daily News Journal

Long before the annual Blackman Barbecue started its tradition of gathering neighbors, friends and politicians, young folks in this former rural community used to enjoy a social event on the McDonald farm.

“It was an ice cream supper and square dance,” recalled Donald McDonald, whose late aunt, Frances McDonald, organized the event.

This year’s barbecue, the 65th, will be from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Lane-Agri Park, 315 John Rice Blvd. Those enjoying the barbecue sandwiches, cold slaw, beans and other treats will also get the chance to complete a straw poll for the candidates running in upcoming elections, organizers said.

“Most all of the politicians have come out for years and years,” club member John L. Batey said. “We’ve had bunches.”

The meal will be $5 for children, $8 for those 65 and older and $10 for other adults.

Prior to the event being at Lane-Agri Park, the Blackman Community Club used Blackman Middle School for a few years, and that was only because the clubhouse grounds at 4310 Manson Pike proved to be too small for the marquee event for this fast-growing community on the west side of Murfreesboro .

The clubhouse served as a gathering spot for a barbecue that attracted many people beyond the Blackman community.

Before that, younger Blackman residents used to gather for the square dancing, music, ice cream and water melon event celebrated on the front yard of the home of Frances and Dennis McDonald, recalled their nephew.

His aunt held the event for young people involved with the 4-H Club in particular, and a University of Tennessee Extension agent helped by setting up a public address system, Donald McDonald said.

His aunt was in a group of women who were part of the UT-Extension Home Demonstration Club, which involved learning how to work with electricity, preserve food, make clothing and other domestic activities, the nephew said.

They wanted a regular place to meet.

“They convinced their farmer husbands to construct the Blackman Club,” Donald McDonald said. “They called it the Blackman Club because the women chose to call it that.”

The name “Blackman Club” remains on the building even though others refer to it as the Blackman Community Club, which is also the name that appears on the sign at the entrance to the club property.

Club members such as Batey and McDonald are proud that the clubhouse remains a viable part of a new Blackman community that blends farm families with new folks who have moved into the suburban subdivisions that surround Blackman schools.

Part of the proceeds for the barbecue funds the upkeep of the old clubhouse. The grounds there include a concrete basketball court with one hoop, a playground, a few picnic tables and a pavilion.

McDonald said part of the reason the grounds no longer were spacious enough is because the club lost land when the Murfreesboro government widened Manson Pike.

In addition to the proceeds helping clubhouse maintenance, the club members also award usually $500 college scholarships each to male and female students from the Blackman community after graduation from high school, Batey said.