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...

Garrett: Nancy Swain Watters Walk should serve as a reminder

It is likely that some of the children who were assembled for Friday’s Nancy Swain Watters Memorial Walk have suffered some form of abuse. Statistics say that you can’t...

Oden: Coming out of the closet with big cat sighting

Several years ago on a snowy winter afternoon in Tennessee, I saw something cross the road in front of my truck that caused me to rethink the existence of...

Letter: Manager's salary overstated

Editor: During the March 21 meeting of the Oneida City Council concerning restructuring the Water and Sewer Department, the issue of savings realized by the change became an important issue...

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,...

Oden: Important lessons for first-time grandfather

Friends told me, “Your life will change with grandchildren.” I did not think so. I am basically staid and conservative, a set-in-my-ways widower whose life proceeds without much drama...

Boyd’s prep for ’18 campaign begins

The worst-kept secret in Tennessee politics appears to be on the verge of being spilled. Randy Boyd's resignation Monday as the state's commissioner of the Department of Economic & Community...

Garrett: Bullying, bigotry the same for goose and gander alike

As I watched WBIR Channel 10’s coverage of the Oneida cheerleading squad’s stand for faith Friday, I felt like someone should start a slow clap. Many news outlets — ranging...

Garrett: Sun doesn’t lie; winter is on borrowed time

In this bleakest, dullest, darkest time of the year, there’s comfort in photoperiodism. Once the winter solstice occurs just before Christmas, the days begin to slowly but steadily lengthen in...

Fighting fracking, promoting poverty

Unable to persuade legislators to ban fracking on the federal or state levels, environmentalists are now waging their war on fracking one locality at a time. In June, they won...

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