Old City Hall

  By Ralphine Major The brick structure is a focal point atop Summit Hill Drive.  Often referred to as the “Old City Hall,” it is located diagonally across from the historic L&N Depot.  (My column featuring the L&N appeared in The Knoxville Focus on 7-11-2011.) The Old City Hall building displays beautiful architecture.  Many may […]

Best friends

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Perhaps it is this time of year—in the fall—that has caused me to look back at some old photos.  Or, perhaps it was my brother’s recent birthday celebration that reminded me of earlier times.  It could be because this year marks the 25th anniversary of our father’s death.  Perhaps, it is […]

The Old Mill

By Ralphine Major It is one of the most photographed scenes in the Smokies. The gristmill in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, links the past with today. The photo shown here is a throwback to the eighties. The Old Mill was one of our father’s favorite places. It also became one of mine. Perhaps it was the […]


150 Years and Strong! By Ralphine Major For 150 years, it has been a shining beacon in the Gibbs Community.  Graveston Baptist Church celebrated its 150th Anniversary on Sunday, June 9, with a special service led by Dr. Jack Parrott, Pastor Emeritus of Black Oak Heights Baptist Church.  Nestled in a beautiful pastoral setting above […]

Corryton’s Annual Possum Chase

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Corryton’s Annual Possum Chase is set for October 12… but, the preparations started long before then! The Tennessee Valley Machine Knitters held a knitting workshop on August 6 at the First United Methodist Church of Alcoa. The knitters donate their yarn, time, and talent to create original opossum items that will […]

She’s back!

Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin, in her latest adventure! By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Drones have become very popular in a short period of time.  They are used to help search for lost people as well as view natural weather disasters and highway accidents miles away. Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin’s fascination of drones is the […]

It’s 225 years for the University of Tennessee!

By Ralphine Major The snapshot surfaced as I combed through a stack of old photos.  It was made with my Kodak Instamatic during the seventies, a few years before I upgraded to a 35-millimeter camera.  My brother and I were students at The University of Tennessee (UT) in Knoxville. Wayne and I knew there would […]

A Hug from Heaven

  By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com   Their bright yellow petals popped up through the gift bag as if to greet us with a cheery “hello.”  This time of year, entire fields of the popular sunflower can draw thousands to admire their beauty. Many years ago when our father passed away, we were amazed at all […]

The Old Courthouse

By Ralphine Major It was once the center of activity in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. The Old Knox County Courthouse located on the corner of Gay Street and Main once housed the courts and offices of elected government officials. When I started working for Attorneys Zane Daniel (deceased) and John J. Duncan, Jr., in the early […]

The Aunts

By Ralphine Major “We thought it would be fun,” Georgia answered when I asked her about the day the aunts brought their nieces to school.  It was the last day of eighth grade for the three friends—Dorothy Stormer, Wanda Shaver, and Georgia Ann Major.  The teenagers came up with the idea to bring their three […]