Edna Ritter Satterfield: A familiar face

By Ralphine Major Even before she became the familiar face in Dr. A. D. Simmons’ medical office, Edna Ritter Satterfield led a fascinating life.  At a time when few young women went to college, the daughter of William Irving and Katie Idol Ritter attended Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) for two years from 1930-1931 and then […]

Mrs. Satterfield

Mrs. Satterfield

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Hers was the first face we saw. I do not even recall a formal name for the medical clinic in our rural community. We simply called it: Dr. Simmons’ Office. Located on Foster Road in Corryton, Tennessee, the clinic was state-of-the-art for its day. The pristine white building was framed at […]

Magnificent House Mountain

Magnificent House Mountain

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com What a view!  At 2,100 feet, it is the highest elevation in Knox County. In the rural area known for its farmland and scenic beauty, Corryton, Tennessee, is also home to House Mountain State Park.  The beautiful mountain can be seen from afar and long before visitors arrive at the base […]

Remembrances of a Special Place, ‘The Hyatt’

  By Ralphine Major It was a wonderful addition to Knoxville’s skyline.  In the early seventies, the Hyatt Regency (now Hotel Knoxville) was built across the street from the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum which was constructed during the time John Duncan Sr. was Mayor of Knoxville.  Duncan later represented the Second Congressional District of […]

Christmas in July Already?

By Ralphine Major Even in a year of pandemic recovery, the time seems to be flying by! We have just celebrated the all-important Fourth of July holiday, and Christmas is actually just over five months away.  Signs are plentiful that the long-awaited holiday is on the horizon.  There are advertisements promoting Christmas in July sales.  […]

God’s Gift in a Storm

God’s Gift in a Storm

By Ralphine Major It was eerily reminiscent of June 2011. We watched trees 60 feet tall bending as a fierce windstorm approached around 5:30 in the afternoon. Thunder roared! Lights went out! Power was estimated to be restored in about an hour. But then, a new message indicated widespread outage and no estimate of when […]

Our 38th President

Our 38th President

By Ralphine Major It was a rare opportunity.  A few years after the 38th president of the United States left office, his presidential limousine was put on display at what was then the TVA&I Fair in Knoxville.  At the time, it was a state-of-the-art vehicle.  With the American flag on each side, it was obvious […]

Honoring Our Fathers

Honoring Our Fathers

By Ralphine Major “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” Matthew 6:9 (KJV). Those are the words of Jesus referring to our heavenly Father in what is known as The Lord’s Prayer. Many fathers are mentioned in the Bible. Abraham was called “the father of many nations” (Romans 4:17); Noah was a […]

Tennessee’s Lynn Duncan

Tennessee’s Lynn Duncan

  By Ralphine Major Our paths seldom cross, but I always enjoy hearing about her. When Jimmy Duncan was a Congressman in Washington representing the people of the Second District, I often told people that his wife, Lynn, was the one who managed the home front in Knoxville. I have always believed that it took […]

Happy 225th to the Volunteer State!

Happy 225th to the Volunteer State!

By Ralphine Major I never took a tour of Blount Mansion that I did not feel its rich history.  On the banks of the Tennessee River, the historic gem stands proudly in downtown Knoxville providing a link from the past with the city’s present day. George Washington was President of the United States on June […]