‘A God-called leader must learn before he can lead’

By Ralphine Major It is designed to “move the truths of God’s word from the Heart of Heaven to the hearts of humans.”  Mike Boyd’s “Principles of Preaching” was written primarily for those training to become pastors.  But, it is a handy resource for teachers, as well.  Even those of us not engaged in teaching […]

The Sixth Starter (Part II)

By Ralphine Major The coach often held No. 10 in reserve and called on him and his swift ball-handling skills to bail the Eagles out of trouble against the press.  Not only did he call on him to do that, but he also called on No. 10 when the Eagles had to press full court.  […]

The Sixth Starter

By Ralphine Major “Before someone says, ‘you can’t have six starters in basketball,’ I want to emphasize that you can have as many starters as you want to,” Bob Dagley said. “But, only five can play at the same time.” Dagley is the former coach of the Gibbs Eagles. The player he is referring to […]



By Ralphine Major “Is it true you once held Tommy Everette to 41 points?” I asked the Central High School standout of the sixties. “He was the best high school player I ever played against,” the tall-frame gentlemen answered. Everette was the center player on Coach Bob Dagley’s 1964-65 Gibbs Eagles’ basketball team that capped an […]

The List

By Ralphine Major It all started with the heart.  Many Focus readers may remember my first column, “The Real McCoy,” which ran on February 7, 2011.  Dr. Kyle McCoy is the cardiologist who treated our mother after her heart attack.  “Life is a Gift,” my tribute to the late Criminal Defense Attorney Zane Daniel, was […]

Having Fun in the Snow

By Ralphine Major We waited—and it came.  The world seems to come to a stop, or at least slow down, when Mother Nature blankets the earth in snowflakes.  What was once a common sight in East Tennessee winter is now more rare.  The second week of February 2014 brought one of those rare sights, and […]

Standing Tall on the Court (Part VI): Life on the farm

By Ralphine Major He scored over 2,000 points in both his high school and college careers.  He became a college All-American and was later named to Carson-Newman’s Team of the Century.  He played softball for 22 years and was named to the Knoxville Softball Hall of Fame.  Despite his achievements in athletics, however, Tommy Everette […]

LOVE makes ‘a good team’

By Ralphine Major It was likely the most popular decade of our time.  Rock-n-roll music, poodle skirts, and bobby socks were images of the fifties.  Eisenhower was our nation’s leader, “Don’t Be Cruel” was made popular by a young Elvis, “Tennessee Waltz” topped the charts, and Dean Martin’s “Memories are Made of This” all helped […]

Holston Middle to Present Disney’s ‘Aladdin Junior’

By Ralphine Major You may have seen them at area malls or at the historic Tennessee Theatre. Wherever they perform, they are sure to draw a crowd. Organized in 2009, the Holston Middle School Kids in America Show Choir will be performing “Disney’s Aladdin Junior” on February 6-8, 2014, at the Holston Middle School Auditorium. […]

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