I remember her

I remember her

  By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com I had already dismissed writing about the legendary coach this year.  But watching the Tennessee-Vanderbilt ballgame changed my mind.  I saw the two analysts in the studio, and both of them were former Lady Vols.  One of the two broadcasters calling the game was a former Lady Vol.  As the […]

Knoxville’s Lawson McGhee Library

  By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com My first memory of Lawson McGhee Library was in the sixties. I remember walking up the steps to the entrance with our mother. It was a beautiful old building across from Market Square. As I recall, it occupied the hill where TVA’s West Tower now stands. The library was later […]

Adios 2021, welcome 2022! 

Adios 2021, welcome 2022! 

By Ralphine Major The Christmas carols have been sung; Christmas presents unwrapped; Christmas tree decorations put away; and Christmas celebrations with family have been captured in digital pictures to enjoy.  I pause to process the holiday timeline for 2021 and find it hard to imagine that we are already well into the new year.  As […]

Clayton at 100! 

By Ralphine Major I have known only a few people who have lived to reach the century mark.  January 12, 2022, marks the 100th for Clayton Sharp, longtime resident of the Gibbs Community in Corryton, Tennessee! Clayton’s impact in the community and beyond has been nothing short of incredible.  Along with his late wife, Betty Loy […]

Grainger County Basketball 

By Ralphine Major It was in early December the year I met him.  Jimmy Duncan called to see if I would come to downtown Knoxville and meet Zane Daniel.  The two lawyers had established Daniel & Duncan law firm and wanted to talk to me about working for them.  I went to meet Zane and ended up […]

Festival of Lights at Union This Christmas

  By Ralphine Major Christmas 2021 is almost here!  Even with supply chain issues, the holiday is just days away.  Shoppers were advised months ago to order gifts early.  A year after COVID slammed our nation, signs of Christmas can be seen throughout our Knoxville, Tennessee, region.  Churches all across our great nation have been […]

Recalling Special Memories: The Mynatts of Halls Crossroads

  By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com They were alumni from the same high school and siblings from the Mynatt family.  They passed away only days apart.  Carol Ann Mynatt Fortner and Randall Lee Mynatt’s family have long been a part of the Halls Community.  Their parents, Cecil Welch Mynatt and the late Emerson Lee Mynatt, also […]

The Christmas Piano 

By Ralphine Major It was before the days of iPads, iPods, and smart phones.  Christmas 1964 was the Christmas before our dairy farmer father developed a life-changing heart condition.  I’m not sure exactly how it came about, but “piano” landed on my Christmas list.  Generally, our gifts were not that huge in size or price.  […]

Wonder When Our First Snow of the Season Will Come?

  By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com They strolled across the wooded area pecking at the ground for food.  They were in no hurry, and they did not seem stressed.  The beautiful wild turkeys were totally unaware of the COVID pandemic assaulting our world.  Their simple mission was to find food.  It was late fall last year […]

A Day to Give Thanks

By Ralphine Major In the midst of fall’s beautiful leaves appeared a glimpse of Christmas colors. The image was striking. The red and green seemed quite appropriate as we celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. After all, the festive day of parades and gatherings on the fourth Thursday of November ushers in the long-awaited Christmas season. With […]

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