Oden: Goats will save the country? Yeah, right . . .

Media made a big deal about Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport debuting a herd of goats to eat grass and weeds. It seems the airport...

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...

Oden: Beware of generous neighbors bearing tomatoes

I knew they were at home. Cars were in the driveway. Curtains twitched at the windows as if someone had peeked out. I could hear the...

Editorial: Answers deserved on park's orders to close

When the partial shutdown of the federal government began on Oct. 1, all brick-and-mortar facilities within the Big South Fork National River & Recreation...

Garrett: Assigning blame amid America’s political war

Writing for the Detroit Free Press on Sunday, Rochelle Riley urged voters to vote against “hate” when they headed to the polls for Tuesday’s...

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...

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,...

TDOT is doing us few favors with revised road plans

“Spot improvements” has become the most worrisome phrase in TDOT vocabulary.  Under the pretense of throwing a bone to local communities while canceling once-promising highway...

Oden: Bro. Leroy saw Christ’s life revealed on brushy slopes

The bowl of ragged hillside resembled a WW I battlefield in December daylight. Muddy rutted paths and trenches led between plywood structures cobbled together like...

Oden: Portraits of Oden and PTO in the crosshairs

The painting of Jesus Christ had hung in the school entrance over the door for 76 years, across from a “Hall of Honor” portrait...
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