Garrett: The importance of Sunshine Week

This week, journalists across America are celebrating Sunshine Week. Except it really isn’t as much a celebration as it is an effort to make Americans aware of the importance...

Our View: Who pays for Litton Covered Bridge Road?

Scott County has won its legal battle to keep Litton Covered Bridge Road open. Now it must be prepared to pay for it.

Garrett: Sports are beneficial to our youth

Is there a better tool than youth sports for helping our children build confidence, develop social skills, and learn life lessons? I would argue that youth sports are close to...

Oden: Old Dixie was a route of migration and hope

The procession of travelers amazed farmers and residents along the old Dixie Highway in rural Tennessee during the 1930s. They came walking, hitch-hiking, biking, on horseback and wagons and in...

Our View: Congress must act quickly on Obamacare

According to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, Humana’s decision to pull out of the Obamacare market will leave 40,000 currently-insured people without coverage in Knoxville alone. That is the crisis...

Oden: Finding things buried and long forgotten

Hezekiah Hall, an infamous Tennessee bushwhacker, was responsible for a reign of terror in the difficult years after the Civil War. His gang of renegades robbed, stole, rustled livestock,...

Garrett: Disruptors hurt the rest of us

Congressman Jimmy Duncan, a Knoxville Republican who represents Tennessee’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives, has been catching a lot of flack for refusing a request from...

Our View: Gas tax proposal is fair solution to Tennessee’s road needs

A December poll conducted by Vanderbilt University found a plurality of Tennesseans in support of Gov. Bill Haslam’s long-anticipated proposal for an increase in the state’s gasoline tax. According to the...

Garrett: Not my groundhog!

In case you've been living in a groundhog burrow, spring is going to be a long time coming. Last week, in the Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney, the world's most famous...

Oden: Granny helped me sell my first magazine article

One of the earliest stories I ever sold to a magazine was a piece about weather folklore. In fact, the article centered on the belief that wooly worms could...

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