A Day of Remembrance

  By Ralphine Major The news was reported just days before the start of Memorial Day Weekend.  Remains of another American hero had come home.  The images were touching as the scene at the airport unfolded.  A flag-draped casket rolled past a gathering of family and friends.  The World War II soldier who had paid […]

Gibbs Ruritan Club Announces 2019 Scholarship Winners!

By Ralphine Major It is already that special time of year as graduating seniors prepare to leave high school and begin a new chapter in their lives.  To help in their educational pursuits, the Gibbs Ruritan Club has once again awarded scholarships to four deserving young people.  The Ruritan scholarships are for $1,000 each and […]

Neighborhood Pharmacy in Norwood Closed

By Ralphine Major It is official.  Norwood Pharmacy at 815 Merchant Drive closed its doors for the last time on Friday, May 10, 2019.  Located just around the corner from the intersection at Clinton Highway and Merchant Drive, the business has been a landmark fixture in the Norwood area for 32 years! Pharmacist Bob Boyd […]

Blessings on this Mother’s Day!

By Ralphine Major I do not remember the picture, but I can clearly see who is in it.  Our mother is standing outside her father’s house.  I am standing beside her in my matching dress, a brown and yellow floral print.  Our dresses were made by my Aunt Katherine Ward, our father’s sister.  Only my […]

Remembering a Special Lady and her Kindness

The Hen House at Calfee Farms By Ralphine Major In high school, I knew her as Becky Turner—captain of the color guard in the Gibbs High School Marching Band and daughter of a Baptist minister.  By the time I caught up with her at “The Hen House at Calfee Farms”—44 years later—she was Becky Turner […]

Remembering a Special Lady and her Kindness

Becky Turner Calfee By Ralphine Major My brother and I were looking for somewhere special in the community to film a television interview.  Channel 10 in Knoxville had called Jan-Carol Publishing to schedule an interview with us when our first children’s book was published.  We knew just the place!  The Hen House At Calfee Farms!  […]

The Cross

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Spring—–Easter—–New Life!  It’s that season once again.  Winter has officially ended but for a few cool mornings and nights.  For some reason, the Easter holiday does not get all the attention that Christmas does with the traditions of family gatherings, giving gifts, and festive decorations.  But for the Christian, Easter is […]

Lending Library in Gibbs

By Ralphine Major It stands on the grounds of the Gibbs Ruritan Park near the highway.  The day I visited the free little library, both shelves were chock-full of books! Free Little Libraries have sprung up all across the nation in recent years with the creative idea to “take a book, leave a book.”  Carrie […]

Springtime Clouds

By Ralphine Major Winter’s wrath has left cruel reminders across America.  Images of historic flooding can still be seen weeks after the rains first started coming.  Homes and businesses have been destroyed.  Loved ones have perished.  Entire communities have been wiped off the earth.  It will take years for those who have been impacted to […]

Good Luck, VOLS!

By Ralphine Major “They’re fun to watch!”  That is the comment I have heard so often in recent weeks referring to The University of Tennessee men’s basketball team.  I agree.  The chemistry of this team on the court is amazing.  It brings back memories of the “Ernie and Bernie Show” during the seventies.  Ernie Grunfeld […]