Market Square

Market Square

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com A huge market house filled with vendors selling baked goods, fish, meats, and other items once anchored one side of Market Street in downtown Knoxville. Lawson McGhee Library was located on the hill across the street. Unfortunately for patrons, the market house burned in 1960. Though Market Square has changed through […]

The Making of a Unique Friendship

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com They are similar in size.  Even their buses are much alike!  Over the last couple of years, two churches in Knoxville, Tennessee, have forged a special friendship.  Perhaps, the fellowship of these   congregations with each other is not so unusual but for the fact that one is African American; one is […]

Our Great Hymns

  By Ralphine Major The day finally arrived when she added “hymns” to the lesson plan.  Jewel Harris Atkins, my piano teacher, surely sensed the excitement she had created with the hymns.  Scales and classical music pieces may have suffered through my week of practice; but I always had the hymns down pat!  “Amazing Grace” […]

Cooter Daniel, solo artist, sings Christian Country

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com His is a familiar name, especially in East Tennessee. It is becoming well known across the nation, as well. Shortly after the debut of his latest single earlier this year, Cooter Daniel’s “Ol’ Time Gospel Feelin’” rose to No. 4 in Canada and all the way up to No. 2 nationally […]

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Knauss: Honoring his Service and Sacrifice

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Knauss: Honoring his Service and Sacrifice

By Ralphine Major Usually, they are from other states, other cities, other communities and small towns. This time, the soldier was from here in Corryton, Tennessee. U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Knauss and 12 other brave Americans died on foreign soil. Each of these heroes have been awarded the Purple Heart posthumously. It has been […]

Corryton’s True Hero

Corryton’s True Hero

By Ralphine Major The first news report I heard said Knoxville.  The next one, Corryton.  A third identified him as a Gibbs High School graduate.  United States (U.S.) Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss was one of the 13 American heroes who died in the recent attack on Afghanistan.  It was reported that the outstanding young […]

All ABOARD!!!

By Ralphine Major Wonder how many times those words were shouted out at the Southern Depot? Located on West Depot Street just off the northern end of Gay Street in Knoxville, Tennessee, was the train station that was once a thriving place with trains coming and going. Instead of airplanes, trains were the primary means […]

Happy Birthday Ayres Hall!

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com It is one of my favorite sights on the university campus. It is also one of the most photographed as the image can be seen on note cards, postcards, and other items. When I was at the university, a black and white photo appeared on the paper tablets students bought for […]

Summer’s Eventual End

Summer’s Eventual End

By Ralphine Major Shorter days. Leaves turning. Cool mornings. Start of schools. Bounty of fall fruits. Countdown to football. Afternoon’s casting of long shadows. Looks like signs of fall are upon us. With the warm days of summer beginning to wind down, I stop to catch my seasonal breath and ponder the fact that it […]

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