Garrett: Yellow jackets are the curse of late summer

There’s plenty to like about this time of year. Football season has arrived, the first hunting seasons are opening, and we’re starting to experience some of those crisp, cool...

Oden: Cat cheese, loafer guts and cursive writing’s decline

One of my coffee table acquaintances recently remarked on the decline in simple penmanship displayed by so many young people. He had just tried to decipher the handwritten breakfast...

Garrett: Solar eclipse was an event worth traveling for

When I experienced a partial solar eclipse as a child, my reaction was — as the hipsters like to say — “meh.” When I experienced my first total solar eclipse...

Oden: There’s nothing wrong with redneck fishing

Howell Raines, former New York Times executive editor and author of several books on fly-fishing and politics, always impressed me, not always positively. He tended toward pompous, even after...

Garrett: The importance of vigilant parenting on Monday

When the Scott County School System and the Oneida Special School District opted to dismiss classes prior to the onset of Monday's solar eclipse, they were heeding the concerns...

Garrett: No one side has a patent on hatred or bigotry

As a white man, I’m perturbed at the scene that played out in Charlottesville, Va., last week. As a white man, I’m always going to be a little bit...

Oden: Coffee club in crosshairs of city council

“Lord help us. Local government has targeted the coffee club!” The cell phone signal was weak, and the voice of the caller muffled. I could barely hear my old friend...

Garrett: The divine chastisement of a flat tire

As the sun sank Sunday evening, I drove — or, rather, limped — the 16 miles from the end of civilization at the head of Smokey Creek to S.R....

Our View: Hospital will not survive without community buy-in

When news broke that the long-awaited reopening date of Scott County’s hospital had been set for Aug. 8, it didn’t take long for someone to ask, “For how long?” Jennifer...

Garrett: Butch Jones faces the biggest game of his career

In a little less than six weeks, the University of Tennessee football team will travel south on I-75 to Atlanta for a Labor Day showdown with Georgia Tech at...

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