Garrett: Vols’ Ward was as humble as he was great

Several years ago, I was taking a young kid to his first college basketball game at Thompson-Boling Arena. It was a bitterly cold January day as the University of Tennessee...

Garrett: Technology makes vacationing possible

When I first became affiliated with the Independent Herald by writing a weekly outdoors column — a lifetime ago at the tender age of 19 — the newspaper was...

Garrett: I don’t stand with Roseanne…or the others

There was a hashtag trending on social media last week: #istandwithroseanne. The hashtag was a show of support for Roseanne Barr, the comedian and actress who came under fire for...

Garrett: Our guests realize what we’ve got

Over the next several days, several thousand visitors will stream into Scott County for the holiday weekend. They’ll come from Indiana and Ohio, Georgia and Alabama, and points further north...

Garrett: The open and shut issue that just won’t go away

Monday’s County Commission meeting was a bit like deja vu.  After virtually no agenda items and little discussion for several months running, a topic with some meat to it surfaced...

Garrett: Hatred on display at annual press dinner

Along with millions of other Americans, I laughed as President George W. Bush and comedian Steve Bridges — the comedian who perfectly impersonated Bush, President Barack Obama and many...

Editorial: Motel closure was the right call

An Independent Herald editorial on Oct. 19, 2017 stated, “The Oneida Family Motel is a crime haven and a blight on this small town. If its owners are unwilling...

Our View: Tennessee wasn’t ready, again, and that’s unfair to students and teachers alike

Students were ready. Teachers were ready. The Tennessee Department of Education, as it turned out, wasn’t ready. Or, perhaps more accurately, the Tennessee Department of Education still wasn’t ready. Two years after...

Garrett: A bloodless crusade? Chick-fil-A invades NYC

The New Yorker has a problem with Chick-fil-A. Why? Mainly because the company’s corporate purpose begins with the words “to glorify God.” The (somewhat) weekly magazine is decrying the fast food chain’s...

Garrett: MLB stands alone as politics ruin sports

I find myself watching Major League Baseball more closely these days, and it has nothing to do with the fact that the Chicago Cubs are actually winning games. Okay, I lied...

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