Standing Tall on the Court (Part V): Life after basketball

By Ralphine Major The coach gave his player a piece of advice: “There is life after basketball.” Tommy Everette, the tall center who played on the successful 1964-65 Gibbs basketball team, remembered the comment made by his high school coach, Bob Dagley. Everette became a college All-American and had an outstanding basketball career at Carson-Newman. […]

What’s in the Bag?

What’s in the Bag?

By Ralphine Major It had buttons for its eyes and a red felt tongue. The little blue and white teddy bear has survived years of house cleanings. When other keepsakes were eventually discarded, the little blue bear always found its way back into our home and my heart. It was one of my Christmas gifts […]

All Roads Lead to Clapps Chapel, Part III

By Ralphine Major “ . . . rejoice, and sing praise.” (Psalm 98:4 KJV) “It was impressive,” Bob Dagley said.  He could have been talking about the amazing Gibbs High School basketball team he coached fifty years ago.  But this time, he was talking about Ronald Rogers and the bands at Farragut.  After all these […]

A Birthday Celebration

By Ralphine Major It was well underway when we arrived. With the hillside full of cars, it had the look and feel of a tailgating event—especially since the University of Tennessee was hosting the University of Georgia. Some guests were coming outdoors to eat. Others were just inside where the tasty barbeque and all the […]

Standing Tall on the Court (Part II)

By Ralphine Major Growing up, they were neighbors. They played on the Gibbs High School basketball team and walked home together after practice every day. For David Widner and Tommy Everette, home was in the Ritta Community. Widner has appeared in earlier Focus columns. Everette played center for Coach Bob Dagley. The coach recalls the […]

All Roads Lead to Clapp’s Chapel

By Ralphine Major It is often referred to as the “Chapel,” though most folks in the community know it as Clapp’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  Nestled among large cedar trees, it is a landmark located along a bend on Emory Road in Corryton.  Driving out Clapp’s Chapel Road, I can see the church cemetery at […]

WIDNER: Going Wide for Rebounds (Part IV)

By Ralphine Major “What do you remember most about that year?” I asked—wondering if it would be a record night in rebounding.  But, the coach was right.  Former Gibbs Coach Bob Dagley said that David Widner took the 1964-65 Eagles’ first loss harder than most players.  After forty-eight years, the coach still knows his players. […]