Gospel Legend Archie Watkins And Pianist Ryan Stinson Perform At Ringgold Depot Feb. 8

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Archie Watkins
Archie Watkins

Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame member Archie Watkins brings his award winning tenor voice to Sacred Sounds Fridays at the Ringgold Depot at Depot Street and U.S. 41, Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. 

Pianist Ryan Stinson will also perform and Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night” will emcee. Ticket donation is $5.

"Archie Watkins is among the best loved voices of Southern gospel," said Mr. Franks said. "His voice was featured on more chart songs than any other singer. We are so honored for his continuing support of the efforts to raise funds for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship."

With nearly 50 years in the spotlight, Singing News fans chose him as Favorite Male Singer three times and Favorite Tenor four times and he also received the Marvin Norcross Award.

His wife Cindy joins him now as he travels around the southeast sharing his ministry.

Some of his best-loved songs are "Jesus Is Coming Soon," “Two Shoes,” “I’ll Not Turn My Back on Him Now” and “Touring that City.” 

Mr. Stinson, 23, of Ringgold, is a country and gospel pianist of 12 years. He began his training with five years of lessons from the pianist at his home church, First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe.

He won various awards in music festivals across the Chattanooga area.  Mr. Stinson said he plays everything by ear.

“I specialize in the Nashville Sound ‘slip-note’ style of playing made popular by the late Floyd Cramer,” he said. “I learned to play the song ‘Last Date’ upon my family’s request. It is the first song I ever learned by ear, and I’ve been doing it that way ever since.” 

He regularly entertains at nursing homes, his church, and various special events across Catoosa County.  

Mr. Stinson is a Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholar who studied religion/ministry through Luther Rice University and Seminary.

The event is a fundraiser for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund. The Share America Foundation, Inc., a Georgia non-profit, presents scholarships to talented musicians who excel in the Appalachian musical arts. 

Donations for tickets are adults: $5, children five and under free with adult. Tickets may be purchased locally in advance during business hours at SonShine Christian Books  706.861-7675 in Fort Oglethorpe. For more information, visit www.shareamericafoundation.org or Share America Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 42 Tunnel Hill, Ga. 30755.

Ryan Stinson
Ryan Stinson

CSO Orchestra And CSO Youth Orchestras Join For A “Side-By-Side” Concert On Feb. 26

The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and the CSO Youth Orchestras present an event, featuring not only two of the youth orchestras in concert (Symphony and Philharmonic), but also the CSO Orchestra and the CSOYO Symphony combined.  This event gives CSOYO students a chance to learn more about their craft by working alongside the CSO musicians, and gives the  audience ... (click for more)

V-Day UTC Presents Benefit Reading Of The Vagina Monologues Feb. 23-25

UTC’s Women’s Action Council and Women’s Center will present a three-performance benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues at the UTC University Center Auditorium. Performances will be Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23-24, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m.  All proceeds from tickets and donations will benefit the Partnership for ... (click for more)

Man, Child Killed In Crash On Highway 136 In Walker County; 2nd Child Seriously Injured

A man and an unrestrained five-year-old child were killed when a vehicle went out of control on Highway 136 in Walker County on Saturday. A 10-year-old in the car was seriously injured. The driver was thrown from the van and was dead at the scene. The five-year-old was trapped in the vehicle and also died at the wreck site at Ponder Creek Road. The Georgia State Patrol ... (click for more)

2 People Shot After Domestic Dispute In Brainerd; Corey Moon Taken Into Custody On Saturday Night

Two people were shot during a domestic dispute in Brainerd late Friday night.   Chattanooga Police responded at 11:17 p.m. to the 4700 block of Rogers Road on a shooting. The following are the preliminary facts of that investigation.   Officers were able to locate two victims, Cortez Moon, 23, and Terri Dossett, 45, suffering from non-life threatening gunshot ... (click for more)

Rhonda Thurman: Speaking The Truth About CSLA - And Response

One parent called me a “Liar” during Thursday’s Facilities meeting. Others from CSLA have been a bit more creative saying that I spread “misinformation”, “falsehoods” and “spread inaccurate statements”. Then there were more descriptive terms- “arrogant”, “uninformed”, “unprofessional”- if these CSLA parents don’t stop, they are going to hurt my feelings. In this letter, I will attempt ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Illegals Cost Us Billions

We learned over the weekend that John Kelly, our new Secretary of Homeland Security, has just prepared two strongly-worded memos that could greatly enhance federal authorities to detain and/or deport illegal immigrants both inside the United States and those caught at our borders. All rational United States citizens know we have a horrible problem with illegals – in 2010 the annual ... (click for more)