Making Plans for Murfreesboro—Again

By Ralphine Major The 1964-65 Gibbs High School boys’ basketball team was having an exciting year.  Since their win over Livingston Academy before Christmas, they played six more games in January.  The team from the smallest school in the county was still undefeated.  Bob Dagley, Coach of the Eagles, got another call from the Murfreesboro […]

The ‘64-’65 Victorious Eagles

By Ralphine Major There were only four teams left on the list:  Livingston Academy, Murfreesboro, Memphis Treadwell, and Gibbs of Knox County in East Tennessee.  These were the names of the schools in the State of Tennessee whose basketball teams were still undefeated. It was around Christmas time during the 1964-65 school year.  Bob Dagley […]

1965 Highlights of Gibbs High School with Coach Bob Dagley

By Ralphine Major “Did Max Clendenen hire you?” I asked Ken Sparks when I wrote a column about the legendary Carson-Newman football coach last year. “Max Clendenen and Bob Dagley,” Coach Sparks answered.  Max Clendenen was the Principal at Gibbs High School and Bob Dagley, the Assistant Principal, when Ken Sparks was hired in 1968.  […]

A Tribute to Tamela

By Ralphine Major She left suddenly one Monday morning over two years ago when she was way too young.  An ambulance was summoned, but doctors’ best efforts could not save her.  Tamela Marie Wheeler passed away at age 48, but she lived life to the fullest during those years. When she moved into the Gibbs […]

A Hero on and off the field

By Ralphine Major He was scheduled to speak on Super Bowl Sunday last year, but was given a trip to the Super Bowl instead.  A few months later, he captivated an entire congregation for nearly an hour with his riveting story and testimony.  It is a story of hopes and dreams, football and shattered dreams, […]

Keela

By Ralphine Major “Have you heard the weather forecast?” the gentleman asked me as I was picking out produce at the grocery store.  “We’re getting snow,” he added as he gathered a bag of fruit.  A hint of excitement was in the air as folks waited for the first snowfall of the season.  The next […]

Our Wildlife Visitors

<a href=”mailto:ralphine3@yahoo.com”>By Ralphine Major</a> They are nature’s beauty at its best and most often seen on Christmas cards or in wildlife  magazines.  But, Mother Nature may be found in our own back yard.  An occasional sighting in the dead of winter can bring a spark of life to dark, dreary days.  Sometimes, I nearly miss […]

‘Silent Night’ as the world watched

By Ralphine Major It was a P. Graham Dunn creation made in America, and I thought it was beautiful.  P. Graham Dunn is one of my favorite styles of Christian art.  The simple Christmas plaque with lyrics set against a soft blue background struck a chord with me.  The song that brings us comfort in […]

Jessie

By Ralphine Major Hers was one of the last Christmas cards we received just before Christmas, and it was special.  So is she! We met Jessie several years ago at a local restaurant after church one Sunday.  She was the server for our table, and something about her stood out to us.  Maybe it was […]

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