Book Signing at Barnes & Noble December 5

By Ralphine Major It is the season of Santa hats!  Mark your calendar for Saturday, December 5.  Local authors Wayne and Ralphine Major will be at Barnes & Noble, 8029 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, Tennessee, for a book signing from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for their first children’s book recently published by Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc.  […]

Max and Maci Meet Piddle Diddle

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com “This is a big bookstore,” Max told his grandparents.  Max is right.  But, he and Maci knew just where to find “Piddle Diddle’s Lost Hat” in the big bookstore! It was nearly ten years ago when East Tennessee siblings Wayne and Ralphine Major sat through several seminars at the big bookstore […]

A Man Named Luttrell (Part II)

By Ralphine Majors Woodrow Luttrell grew up in the Luttrell House on a farm on Washington Pike in Corryton. It seemed fitting that the Gibbs High School graduate study agriculture at The University of Tennessee’s College of Agriculture from 1934-1938. The name was later changed to Institute of Agriculture. After college, Woodrow worked several years […]

Piddle Diddle at Barnes & Noble

By Ralphine Major It was a beautiful fall evening when we arrived.  By the time customers started coming for the book signing, a terrible storm had descended on Knoxville.  Wayne and I were honored to be among the authors of Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. and other authors around the region invited by Barnes & Noble for […]

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 ralphine3@yahoo.com 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 ralphine3@yahoo.com 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 ralphine3@yahoo.com 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 […]