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...

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...

Oden: Seeds, suet, crumbs . . . that's winter

Although winter doesn’t officially begin in our section of the country until solstice (December 21, 2012), meteorlogical winter started one week before Halloween when we recorded five inches of...

Garrett: Biggest bear threat is missing pic-a-nic basket

My first encounter with a black bear was in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Actually, the encounter was at Mynatt Park on the outskirts of Gatlinburg, just outside the...

Oden: Embroiling hunters in the wind debate

if( function_exists('ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT') ) { ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT(); } In early January, press releases were shotgun-blasted to media across the country by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), which in recent years has become...

Martin Luther King changed white America, too

With Monday’s dismissal of schools and closure of local and state government offices will come the obligatory objections that Martin Luther King Jr. doesn’t deserve his own holiday. Some...

Oden: Why I just can't watch Honey Boo Boo

First, a confession: My wife and I don’t watch much television. We are readers. I polish off four to six books a week, plus magazines, journals, newspapers and daily...

Garrett: Cutting teachers' salaries isn't the best answer

Most of Tennessee’s public school teachers feel that they’re in the cross-hairs of a full-scale assault by the state government, and who can blame them? In an age when blaming...

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...

Editorial: Oneida stadium should be named in Jim May’s honor

Placing Coach Jim May’s name on the football stadium at Oneida High School is an honor long overdue. Earlier this month, the school’s P.A. broadcaster, Kevin Acres, appeared before the...

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