Oden: Winter storms now have names with no meaning

If a winter storm is bad enough to have a name, what’s the rationale of nailing it with a moniker that in Latin means “Peace?” I take exception to the...

Editorial: When a tax 'increase' isn't necessarily

As is always the case, the unveiling of the “certified tax rates” for Scott County and its municipalities has create a few misunderstandings regarding the property taxes that land...

Garrett: When and how to publish wreck photos?

Photos from a fatal accident in south Oneida were posted by the Independent Herald to our Facebook page (and website) Friday evening, prompting a lively debate about common decency...

Our View: Trump’s proposed budget would be devastating for Scott County

There’s no point in mincing words: President Trump’s proposed budget for 2018 would be devastating to Scott County and other rural communities in Tennessee, as well as in most...

Garrett: DVR was supposed to make my life simpler

The salesman with Dish Network billed DVR as the best invention since sliced bread. “You can’t live without it,” he told me. Because $65 a month isn’t enough, you need...

Garrett: No better time to showcase Scott County

As a friend and I were crossing the Scott-Campbell line Sunday afternoon — where S.R. 63 reaches the top of a gap between two mountaintops on the North Cumberland...

Garrett: The incredible, edible . . . dandelion?

if( function_exists('ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT') ) { ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT(); } They may very well be nature’s most hated wildflower. Instead of restricting themselves to well-lighted forest areas or open pastures, where wildflowers belong, dandelions pop...

Editorial: Time for Beltway silliness to end

In a column on this page, longtime newspaperman Jim Zachary opines, “Government belongs to the governed and not the governing.” Rather appropriate, given the current stalemate in our nation’s capital. In...

Letter: Reunion attendees say thanks

Editor: The Norma Alumni met at Fairview School on Saturday, May 24.  We had a nice turnout, with graduates and former students and their guests coming from the states of...

Garrett: Hard times sometimes bring out a community's best

if( function_exists('ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT') ) { ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT(); } Sometimes you have to see the worst to see the best. That may have been the case last week, as Scott Countians rallied around the...

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