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


The Infamous Stringdusters Play At The Revelry Room Dec. 14

The bluegrass virtuosos, The Infamous Stringdusters, are coming to Chattanooga for a show on Thursday, Dec. 14, at The Revelry Room, with support from Dangermuffin.  Review for The Infamous Stringdusters: The Grammy nominated The Infamous Stringdusters are touring in support of their latest studio album Laws Of Gravity (Compass Records), which debuted #1 on Billboard’s ... (click for more)

VIDEO: Don Welch's Last Day At NewsChannel 9

These are scenes from Don Welch's last day at NewsChannel 9. The longtime TV personality died  Sunday  at 75. (Video is courtesy of Ben Cagle.)  (click for more)

Ooltewah High's Robin Copp Is State Principal Of The Year

Ooltewah High School principal Robin Copp has been named Tennessee’s 2017-18 Principal of the Year.   Officials said of the second-year principal, "No matter the grade level, she believes in creating student-centered schools, which are first and foremost focused on teaching and learning. To support this model, Copp has instituted a professional learning framework ... (click for more)

City Has Apparently Found Buyer For Chattanoogan Hotel

The city of Chattanooga has apparently found a buyer for the Chattanoogan hotel on Broad Street. A city board will meet next Monday to consider several resolutions. One item before the Chattanooga Downtown Redevelopment Corporation is approving the hiring of the Husch Blackwell law firm "as special counsel in connection with the preparation of a sale and purchase agreement ... (click for more)

Vote No On The Rezoning For A New Landfill In Harrison - And Response (3)

County Commissioners, please consider the following facts when voting on the rezoning request for a new privately-owned C&D landfill in Harrison.  Use of this property for a landfill has been rejected by the county three times in the past (1971, 1984 and 2007).  In 1971 and 2007 the County Commissioners unanimously rejected the proposal.  In 1984 the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UT A 34-Point ‘Dog

I can’t remember a time in my life when a University of Tennessee football team has been a five touchdown underdog and this comes at a time when my primary-care physician tells me, “Let’s face it … you are old.” That said, even when I look at myself naked in the bathroom mirror I ain’t as ugly as what I fear will happen in Tuscaloosa this coming Saturday. I can remember the Tide ... (click for more)