Garrett: Sports are beneficial to our youth

Is there a better tool than youth sports for helping our children build confidence, develop social skills, and learn life lessons? I would argue that youth sports are close to...

Garrett: Time for us to clean up our act

A few days ago, I was looking out my back window at the trash that has accumulated along the fence row along my back yard. Each winter, when colder days...

Oden: The greatest gardening tricks

They jealousy guarded their secrets of growing prize-winning watermelons, my father and his brothers did. From finding the perfect soil mixture of sand and loam to the watering and fertilizer...

Garrett: Obituary tells the tale of an 87-year love story

It isn’t everyone who can brag of marrying their childhood sweetheart. Most boys develop an interest in girls, and vice-versa, at some point during their elementary school years, but...

Editorial: Proposed tourism cuts will impact rural Tennessee

In his amended budget proposal last week, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam moved to slash an additional $2 million from the state’s tourism advertising budget, after already suggesting an initial...

Sound Off: America's gun policy

In the wake of mass school shootings — including the massacre in Newtown, Conn., last month, what should America's response to gun laws be? Independent Herald readers sound off: Just...

Oden: Chocolate gravy and other food cravings

if( function_exists('ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT') ) { ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT(); } I don’t know what caused me, after the passage of decades, to suddenly succumb to a craving so sentimental and mouthwatering. In fact, I...

Oden: Band of brothers waits and prays

At midnight, a tap on my knee brings me awake and momentarily frantic. But it is not a nurse or doctor from the intensive care unit (ICU). The grizzled...

Garrett: Adventure tourism is about more than ATVs

Over the next few weeks, “adventure tourism” is a phrase that Scott Countians will hear often. Both Scott County and the Town of Huntsville are pushing to beat an...

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...

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