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 […]

The Knisley Family (Part 2)

By Ralphine Major Jeff and Orlena Knisley were parents to sixteen children, fourteen of whom survived into adulthood.  I knew several of the Knisley siblings from my earliest memories at Fairview Baptist Church.  They held leadership roles in many areas of the church. Clifford Knisley worked in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.  He started the Royal Ambassador  […]

It’s No. 76 for The Knisleys!

By Ralphine Major They moved from Union County to Knox County in 1912 and joined Fairview Baptist Church in Corryton, Tennessee.  The Knisley family began a long association with the church and community.  Since that time, there have been children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren who have continuously attended Fairview Baptist.  Today, the Knisley family numbers into […]

The Grainger County Tomato Festival in Rutledge, Tennessee

By Ralphine Major It is a bright-red fruit that has drawn thousands to Grainger County, Tennessee, for the past 24 years!  The Grainger County tomato has a very unique and wonderful taste.  Absolutely delicious!!  A pleasant drive up Emory Road showcased the beautiful East Tennessee mountains in the distance, often draped in an early morning […]

3rd Annual House Mountain Hoedown!

3rd Annual House Mountain Hoedown!

By Ralphine Major I looked at the leafy, green lily bush now wilted by summer’s stifling heat.  I see leaves that have already fallen from trees and try to decide, is it still summer—or early fall?  July brought a flurry of “Christmas in July” events including special promotions and sales, a line-up of favorite Christmas […]

School Bells Ringing in the Distance!

By Ralphine Major The days of summer vacation are dwindling, and the start of school is almost here!  It is fun to think back to our school days when a day was set aside to go to town.  That would be downtown Knoxville.  There were no malls in the sixties.  When we did not drive […]

Summer’s Moving On!

By Ralphine Major Hot sweltering days, stormy afternoons and fireflies lighting up the summer evenings. We are in the middle of July and what is often called the dog days of summer. Those familiar summer scenes we wait all year long to enjoy will soon be giving way to others. Neatly planted rows of corn, […]

The Loy Cousins

By Ralphine Major They were first cousins, all linked together by the “Loy” name.  I knew some of them by their married names.  This black and white photo captured a special moment in the young lives of these Loy cousins.  What a great memory it gives their family and friends to have a snapshot of […]