Friendships Rekindled

By Ralphine Major It was 1973, and we were young.  With our waist-length dark hair, we looked like students.  We were.  But, we were also bridging the gap between student and employee.  It was in the work place that Linda and I first met. The Daniel & Duncan Law Firm was located in the Burwell […]

Move to the Magnolia State!

  By Ralphine Major His distinguished career path took the East Tennessee native from Corryton to Memphis for education and training in the field of dentistry on his journey to becoming a board certified oral and maxillofacial pathologist.  He taught 13 years at The University of Tennessee and ten years at Oral Roberts University in […]

More Reflections of Memphis

By Ralphine Major Many events that occurred when my generation was growing up have now become part of history. I remember both the Kennedy and King assassinations during the sixties. As Corryton native Perry McGinnis continued his journey in the field of dentistry, the McGinnis family of four found themselves in Memphis, Tennessee, during a […]

Harbison’s Crossroads

By Ralphine Major His answer was always the same:  “Harbison’s Crossroads,” our father would answer when anyone asked where we lived.  I thought it sounded quaint.  Corryton, it seemed, would be a better answer.  For years, there was a four-way stop in the rural community where Emory Road crosses Tazewell Pike.  Today, motorists are met […]

What is it?

By Ralphine Major At first glance, it is difficult to see where the picture begins or ends. The black and white ball of fur on a bed of leaves shows a glimpse of nature few people would ever stumble across. The rare photo was taken by Caroline McGinnis and shared with me by her father-in-law, […]

Back When, Part 8

By Ralphine Major His words have been like a walk through history back when life was simpler.  The late Woodrow Luttrell took time to document such a lifestyle.  “For school clothes, some of us children looked forward to the beginning of the fall school term as we boys would usually get two new pairs of […]

Happy 4th of July!

By Ralphine Major The day is celebrated with parades and fireworks, picnics and cookouts, barbeque and watermelon!It is America’s birthday and one of the most important days in our nation’s history.  The patriotic holiday is known as Independence Day or the Fourth of July.  The year was 1776 when America gained her independence—241 years ago! […]

Doctor and Macel On the Way to South Dakota!

Doctor and Macel On the Way to South Dakota!

By Ralphine Major Their names are familiar.  I saw Doctor and Macel mentioned in the late Woodrow Luttrell’s memories of the “Back When” series recently published in the Focus.  Macel was Woodrow’s sister.  I cannot recall a time when I did not know the names “Doctor and Macel.”  But, the story of their wedding and […]

From Chattanooga to Knoxville

By Ralphine Major He walked along the railroad tracks from Chattanooga to Knoxville to find work, stopping at homes along the way to eat and rest.  It was around the 1920s.  As a young man, he had worked in the mines.  The long walk up the tracks led him to a night watchman job at […]

A Major Story

By Ralphine Major He liked Pepsi, John Cazana’s wrestling program, and John Wayne westerns. He once worked for the Knox County Highway Department and operated a piece of earth moving equipment often referred to as a road grader. One project he worked on was building Cedar Lane that runs off of Broadway. His name was […]

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