One Nation Under God

By Ralphine Major “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  Isaiah 40:31 (KJV). Perhaps in these last days leading up to Election Day in America, we can draw inspiration […]

A Fall Pause

By Ralphine Major I paused for a moment when I saw it.  The simple beauty of a church steeple wrapped in an early morning fog slowed my work on a long list of things to do.  I marveled at its powerful and majestic impact as it towered toward the sky.  Even more amazing is the […]

Unforgettable Moments in a Young Family’s Life

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com This column is a milestone—No. 300! In writing each week for the Focus, I have been so blessed to reconnect with “old” friends and meet new ones. A review of pending topics for my true, human-interest stories turned up another segment on the first dentist from Gibbs High School and his […]

Old-Timers’ Day at Clear Springs

By Ralphine Major There is a message before you even enter:  Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control.  The words of Galations 5:22-23, known as the fruit of the Spirit, are engraved in the building at the church’s entrance. Several members of Clear Springs Baptist Church invited us to join their celebration on […]

Gibbs High School Foundation holding fundraiser

By Ralphine Major I recognize many of the names on the list.  They have long been a part of the Gibbs, Corryton, and Ritta Communities:  Gary Acuff (vice president), Mary Brooks, Teresa Beason, Smiley Clapp, Dana Dalton (secretary), Mark Field, Jimmy Hipshire, Rebecca Longmire, Roy Mullins (president), Richard Schulz (treasurer), James Spears, and Jason Webster […]

65 Years for The Mynatts!

By Ralphine Major Sixty-five years is a major milestone for any occasion!  Emerson and Cecil (Welch) Mynatt of Halls were married in 1951.  On Labor Day Weekend, their family surprised them with an anniversary celebration at the Chop House in Fountain City. These days, it is quite an ordeal to get the family all together. […]

Corryton’s Tony Karnes

By Ralphine Major A magnolia tree was planted in his memory at the high school, and there is a marker near it to honor him. Tony Karnes was a Gibbs High School graduate who tragically lost his life on one of our nation’s saddest days. As millions of Americans went about their daily lives on […]

‘The Standard’

By Ralphine Major It was 1947 when an 18-year-old student graduated from Halls High School in Halls Crossroads, Tennessee.  He found his first job in downtown Knoxville at the Standard Knitting Mills.  Eugene (Gene) Harrington would spend the next 42 years at “The Standard.”  It was the only place he ever worked. “He loved the […]

Jerry

By Ralphine Major As we each worked to make the most of our “wait” time, the gentleman sitting beside me commented on our different backgrounds. He was a psychologist, the lady across from us was a teacher, and I was a writer. The psychologist went on to tell about the various livelihoods of people he […]