Garrett: Cold stops being fun as you get older

I hate cold weather. It isn’t a deep, abiding, despise-it-with-every-fiber-of-my-being hate. Not yet, at least. But it’s getting there. The older I get, the harder it is for me to get along...

Oden: Bro. Leroy saw Christ’s life revealed on brushy slopes

The bowl of ragged hillside resembled a WW I battlefield in December daylight. Muddy rutted paths and trenches led between plywood structures cobbled together like hobo shelters. Strands of old...

Oden: Respect for funeral processions and state law

The uniformed soldier stood tall and proud in the rain beside his private vehicle, rigid right hand held steadily to his U.S. Army BDU patrol cap in order to...

Garrett: Much to be thankful for, even if we often aren’t

I was in a bad mood Saturday evening. I was cold, tired and wet . . . really wet. Myself and 90,000 others had just endured a monsoon at Neyland Stadium...

Oden: The last days of Good Dog

The last days of the best dog ever in our family were full of happiness but pain and fear, too. Mason Leviticus Oden, the lab-shepherd mix, was a 13-year-old,...

Garrett: Spider invasion proves to be a headache

I keep a .357 magnum revolver next to my bed, just in case. “Just in case” can mean a lot of things. A hopped-up-on-meth intruder who wants to kidnap me at...

Oden: Some marketing and PR advice for the KKK

Being selected for membership in a well-known fraternal organization, one with roots in history and known across the world, is a heady experience. This recently happened to me, but...

Our Viewpoint: Enough is enough

Oneida Family Motel is a haven for crime. If its owners are unwilling or unable to clean it up, its time to take the next step

Oden: Beware of generous neighbors bearing tomatoes

I knew they were at home. Cars were in the driveway. Curtains twitched at the windows as if someone had peeked out. I could hear the television droning inside. But no...

Garrett: Poop and dinner go hand-in-hand with Baby

I had forgotten what it was like to talk about poop over dinner. Except for when our entire family is gathered and I intentionally launch into the subject matter to gross...

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