More Wildfires in Sevier County

By Ralphine Major Spring.  It is the season of Easter celebration, new life, and new growth with all its hope and beauty.  The mountains of East Tennessee are majestic especially in the spring.  But spring of 2022 once again brought tragedy to the region. Wildfires...

A Loss for Country Music

By Ralphine Major I saw them early in their career.  The Judds came to Knoxville during the Tennessee Valley Fair and performed at the Homer Hamilton Theatre.  I happened to be nearby when they exited the bus and got a quick picture. The mother/daughter duo captivated...

Mothers are Special!

By Ralphine Major It requires no special training—no license, no diploma, no degree. The qualifications that are often needed may sometimes be technical and tedious. The position is often taken for granted or even overlooked, yet it is one of the most important...

Special Day for Siblings

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Nowadays it seems there is a special day designated for nearly everything. A few years ago, National Siblings Day was added to the month of April which was already packed with significant holidays including Palm Sunday, Good...

The Importance of Earth Day

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com “They’re not making any more land,” our father would often say. When we were in school, my brother and I hiked up to the ridge near our dairy farm one day to take pictures for a class project. Nowhere was Mother Earth more...

The Most Important Day in History

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com It is the time of year when that special morning welcomes children with baskets full of chocolate bunnies and colored eggs.  It is the time of year when beautiful white lilies adorn church sanctuaries.  It is the time of year when...