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Standing Tall on the Court (Part V): Life after basketball

By Ralphine Major The coach gave his player a piece of advice: “There is life after basketball.” Tommy Everette, the tall center who played on the successful 1964-65 Gibbs basketball…

Standing Tall on the Court (Part IV): Gibbs’ only College Sports All-American

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com It has been 50 years since I came to Gibbs,” Bob Dagley said.  The long-time administrator for Knox County Schools was head coach of the Gibbs…

What’s in the Bag?

What’s in the Bag?

By Ralphine Major It had buttons for its eyes and a red felt tongue. The little blue and white teddy bear has survived years of house cleanings. When other keepsakes…

All Roads Lead to Clapps Chapel, Part III

By Ralphine Major “ . . . rejoice, and sing praise.” (Psalm 98:4 KJV) “It was impressive,” Bob Dagley said.  He could have been talking about the amazing Gibbs High…

A Birthday Celebration

By Ralphine Major It was well underway when we arrived. With the hillside full of cars, it had the look and feel of a tailgating event—especially since the University of…

Early Education Provides Mold for Outstanding Life (Part VI): First Lieutenant and Dental Officer

By Ralphine Major Only days after little Barron recovered from his abdominal surgery, Carol and Perry had more blessings come their way.  Perry graduated first in his dental class with…

Standing Tall on the Court (Part II)

By Ralphine Major Growing up, they were neighbors. They played on the Gibbs High School basketball team and walked home together after practice every day. For David Widner and Tommy…

All Roads Lead to Clapp’s Chapel

By Ralphine Major It is often referred to as the “Chapel,” though most folks in the community know it as Clapp’s Chapel United Methodist Church.  Nestled among large cedar trees,…

Early Education Provides Mold for Outstanding Life (Part V): The blessings begin

By Ralphine Major In Memphis, Carol and Perry McGinnis had each other and a dream. They had little else—not even a car! Perry rode Memphis city buses to school; Carol…

WIDNER: Going Wide for Rebounds (Part IV)

By Ralphine Major “What do you remember most about that year?” I asked—wondering if it would be a record night in rebounding.  But, the coach was right.  Former Gibbs Coach…