Tony (William Anthony) Karnes: (3/23/64 – 9/11/01)

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com I can see a little blond-headed boy standing in the back yard calling for his neighbor to come out and play.  It was the sixties, and life was so simple in our rural community.  Several times each summer, my brother and I would spend the day visiting in the home of […]

A Great Educator: C.B. Chesney

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com His formal name was Cloyd Booker Chesney, but he was known as C. B. to most. He grew up in Corryton, graduated from Gibbs High School and Carson-Newman, and began a long and exemplary career in education. Karns was the place where a student named Bob Dagley met Chesney. After Dagley’s […]

Super Subs: Gene Cantley (Part III)

By Ralphine Major The sense of community for a rural school in northeast Knox County was strong.  It was evident by the support they showed to the Gibbs High School basketball team Bob Dagley coached to a 31-2 record in 1965.  Many families of the players had strong ties to the school. Gene Cantley was […]

B. Chesney: A Great Educator

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Mr. C. B. Chesney was the Principal at Karns High School where Bob Dagley graduated.  I recognized the name.  Chesney was a member of the Gibbs High School basketball team that won the Knox County Rural League Championship in 1921.  The team’s picture was featured in the 1963 Gibbs Yearbook.  He […]

An American Scene

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com It is a scene right out of rural America—little Abbey and her grandfather riding on a John Deere tractor on a gorgeous summer evening with those “spacious skies” and mountains in the background and the American flag blowing in the breeze!  How much more American can it be? Abbey is her […]

Carson-Newman Couple Dedicated Years to Education

By Ralphine Major “Family—All because two people fell in love!”  The beautiful wall art hangs just above the bay window in their home.  There are traces of family everywhere I look:  a piano, photos on the wall, a tree house in the backyard. Bob and Janet Dagley met at Carson-Newman, both of them aspiring to […]

God, Country, Home

By Ralphine Major “And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And […]

Parade of Tractors

By Ralphine Major How long could it take to look at a tractor or two?  Longer than I had gauged!  There were tractors dating back to 1935, an orchard tractor with large fenders over the tractor tires, and a museum-like collection of antiques.  Our mother was most impressed with the miner’s lunchbox, probably because her […]

Piddle Diddle has Arrived!

By Ralphine Major What animal can hold a child’s attention better than a mischievous, cunning penguin?  Piddle Diddle is such a penguin!  Despite her small size, she can be an example to children.  Size is an obstacle only if you let it be, and penguins are some of the most entertaining animals on the planet.  […]

Piddle Diddle has Arrived!

By Ralphine Major What animal can hold a child’s attention better than a mischievous, cunning penguin?  Piddle Diddle is such a penguin!  Despite her small size, she can be an example to children.  Size is an obstacle only if you let it be, and penguins are some of the most entertaining animals on the planet.  […]