Mountain Majesty

By Ralphine Major “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” Psalm 121:1 (KJV) It is a sight that brings to mind beautiful songs and inspirational scripture. I think of the breath-taking grandeur of the mountains as a gift from God. I marvel at their beauty and think of […]

Keep Your Eyes on the Cross

By Ralphine Major It is, perhaps, the most recognized symbol of Easter.  Often displayed inside and outside of churches, the cross is a constant reminder of the most important event in history.  While Christmas celebrates our Saviour’s birth, Easter marks the burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The story behind one cross in Knoxville, Tennessee, […]

Back When, Part 7

By Ralphine Major “Before  school age we wore short pants, down to about the knees, and a little later on wore knickers.  The short pants and even knickers often were made by Moma.  She was an excellent seamstress.  Material was usually bought at a dry goods store or at a country store that had cloth […]

Coach Ken Sparks

Coach Ken Sparks

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” 2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV) By Ralphine Major My cell phone rang.  The caller was letting me know that he would not be able to attend our reunion.  As a former teacher and coach at Gibbs High School, Ken Sparks […]

Back When (Part 5)

By Ralphine Major “In the mid-1920s, Dad and Walter McBee bought the store in Corryton from the McClellans and called it The Luttrell & McBee Co.  Our family moved from Luttrell House to the apartment above the store. Luttrell House was rented to tenants,” he wrote.  The late Woodrow Luttrell documented many of the Luttrell […]

From Memphis to Tulsa

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Memphis, Tennessee, became home for the McGinnis family from 1964 to 1977 as Perry continued his career in the field of dentistry.  After practicing general dentistry in Knoxville, Perry spent the next several years as a U.S. Public Health Fellow.  This position allowed post graduate training in Oral Pathology.  As part […]

Back When (Part 5)

Back When (Part 5)

The timeline of events as told by the late Woodrow Luttrell is packed full of history.  Words that were  meant to communicate with his family’s younger generations are being shared with Focus readers, giving a rare glimpse of life during the early 1900s. Woodrow Luttrell was born in 1916 in a small, two-story house about […]

East Tennessee’s Changing Weather

By Ralphine Major With only one snow and record-breaking warm temperatures, January and February are behind us.  March has arrived with her usual windy conditions.  As I pen this column, several schools have already dismissed in anticipation of the thunderstorms moving across the Volunteer state.  A mix of wind, rain, and possible power outages are […]

Back When (Part 4)

By Ralphine Major Perhaps in the early 1900s it was a common sight.  Today, it is historical.  I marvel not only at the scene, but more so that anyone even had a camera and would have the presence of mind to capture on film the threshing machine event.  The late Woodrow Luttrell kept detailed files […]

Back When (Part 3)

By Ralphine Major The question was asked by his grandson in an e-mail. “Do you remember what kind/model of car you had to travel back and forth to your grandparents’ house?” Navigating through keystrokes and clicks on his computer, the grandfather answered: “My Luttrell grandparents (Amos C. and Margaret) lived four miles from Luttrell House, […]

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