Piddle Diddle on the Road

By Ralphine Major It was pouring down rain just days after Autumn made her appearance!  But, that didn’t bother Piddle Diddle.  She was happy because she had found her lost hat! “Piddle Diddle’s Lost Hat” is the first in a series, “Adventures of Piddle Diddle, the Widdle Penguin.”   Piddle Diddle is the little penguin character that […]

A Man Named Luttrell (Part I)

By Ralphine Major When I opened his letter, my eye was drawn to the sketch of a beautiful home on the letterhead in the top left corner. Below the stately home it read:  Luttrell House 1905.  The letter was from a man named Luttrell—Woodrow Luttrell.  The 1934 graduate of Gibbs High School told of his […]

Paul Michael ‘Mike’ Beeler

By Ralphine Major It was a big, yellow school bus that first brought us all together. One of Herb Barker’s buses made its rounds twice daily on our rural roads. It chugged down Emory, onto Stormer, then the horseshoe bend on Beeler that brought it back to Emory as it headed toward the school. […]

Almost Autumn

By Ralphine Major It happens this time every year. Long summer days and the blazing hot sun slowly begin to disappear. Football season has started, the Tennessee Valley Fair has already come to Knoxville, and fall festivals are filling the calendar. The signs are in place. Autumn is showing up in East Tennessee! Beautiful fall […]

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

By Ralphine Major 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 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 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 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 […]

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