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

Chickamauga First Friday Features Geoff McBride From The Voice April 7

The city of Chickamauga and the downtown merchants will be hosting the First Annual “First Fridays” featuring music by Geoff McBride on April 7. Review for Geoff McBride: Mr. McBride was on NBC's The Voice.  The powerhouse singer blew away millions of viewers – and judges Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green– with his explosive twist on Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” during ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State Announces Fine Art Events For Spring

The Humanities and Fine Arts Department at Chattanooga State are hosting several free events this spring from musical performances to theatre.  All events are free to the public and are presented at the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre, unless stated differently. Donations will be accepted at the door.   Students Laura Hicks, soprano, and Trevor Fowler, trumpet, ... (click for more)

Marquis Perry, 20, Killed In 3-Car Accident In Dalton On Saturday

Marquis Perry, 20, was killed in a  fatal three-vehicle crash on the South Bypass in Dalton just south of Sawgrass Drive  on Saturday  at approximately  4:30 pm . The crash happened when the driver of a black Ford Mustang traveling southbound on the bypass for some reason left its lane of travel and crossed over the center line and hit a 2004 Chevy ... (click for more)

Cedric A. Williams, 38, Arrested For Multiple Burglaries

Cedric A. Williams, 38, responsible for four business burglaries, was arrested by Chattanooga Police.  Teamwork, corroboration, and communication between three detectives working separate cases led to the arrest of the man targeting Hispanic-owned businesses in Chattanooga,, officials said. On Wednesday, March 8, Tienda Maya located at 1939 Central Ave. was burglarized. ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: This Library Comes Alive

I am pretty positive that I haven’t stepped foot in a library in the last 50 years. Between the ever-widening Internet, with all of its search engines and infinite resources, I have got about as much use for a library as I would if I read a book about a transgender person. I have neither the time or inclination. Be like trying to teach a pig to sing – the pig always get bored. ... (click for more)