Standing Tall on the Court (Part II)

By Ralphine Major Growing up, they were neighbors. They played on the Gibbs High School basketball team and walked home together after practice every day. For David Widner and Tommy Everette, home was in the Ritta Community. Widner has appeared in earlier Focus columns. Everette played center for Coach Bob Dagley. The coach recalls the […]

All Roads Lead to Clapp’s Chapel

By Ralphine Major It is often referred to as the “Chapel,” though most folks in the community know it as Clapp’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  Nestled among large cedar trees, it is a landmark located along a bend on Emory Road in Corryton.  Driving out Clapp’s Chapel Road, I can see the church cemetery at […]

WIDNER: Going Wide for Rebounds (Part IV)

By Ralphine Major “What do you remember most about that year?” I asked—wondering if it would be a record night in rebounding.  But, the coach was right.  Former Gibbs Coach Bob Dagley said that David Widner took the 1964-65 Eagles’ first loss harder than most players.  After forty-eight years, the coach still knows his players. […]

WIDNER: Going Wide for Rebounds (Part III)

By Ralphine Major It was a scrapbook from the sixties.  There was nothing fancy on the pages like is seen in today’s scrapbooks.  But, it had all I needed to see.  Bold headlines and pictures clipped from the local newspapers—the Knoxville Journal and Knoxville News Sentinel–captured the action of the Gibbs Eagles’ amazing 1964-65 season.  […]

WIDNER: Going Wide for Rebounds (Part II)

By Ralphine Major The Gibbs Eagles and their Head Coach Bob Dagley created an awesome 1964-65 basketball season.  Forward David Widner started claiming rebounds.  But the coach had a problem.  Dagley had another player who felt the same way—that every rebound belonged to him.  That player was Tommy Everette.  “Widner and Everette would battle anyone […]

WIDNER: Going Wide for Rebounds

By Ralphine Major In the spring of 1964, Coach Bob Dagley had just completed his first year of coaching at Gibbs High School.  They started practicing basketball again with those who would make up the 1964-65 team.  The coach always scrimmaged other schools, but especially liked to scrimmage Kingston.  “They were in the state tournament […]

Another generation of Mynatt Brothers

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com It is a common name in the Halls Community–Mynatt Road, Mynatt Cemetery, Mynatt Funeral Home, and Mynatt’s Furniture. There is another set of Mynatt Brothers with ties to Halls. They grew up on their family’s farm in Halls and attended all twelve grades in Halls schools, but these Mynatt Brothers have […]

Basketball, Rabbits, and A Loving Mother (Part III)

By Ralphine Major “He took his role and played it well,” Bob Dagley said.  Dagley, head coach of the Gibbs Eagles’ 1964-65 basketball team, was talking about Ron Graves, a senior starter for the Eagles.  “I don’t think he realized how important he was to the team.  When he set a screen, he set a […]

Hay Season in Tennessee

By Ralphine Major I can see it coming over the hill right now.  I can hear it, too–our red Farmall tractor pulling a wagon stacked high with hay, young boys, and a dog or two.  They would stop in the road in front of our house for snacks and a glass of ice cold water […]