Oden: Coal's future and river economics

Much of the nation’s electricity generation stills comes from coal. Huge amounts of the fossil fuel are needed to light, heat and cool hundreds of millions of American homes...

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...

Editorial: Federal regulations make life tough

In a sit-down with her school system’s “non-certified” employees Monday, Oneida Special School District director of schools Ann Sexton called a decision to reduce their hours and — in...

Roy: A farewell to Freeman

I can’t remember the first time I saw Freeman Walker, but I’ll never forget our last conversation. I guess it’s been 30 years or more since we had our first...

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...

Sound Off: Was Food Network right to can Paula Deen?

“I think people do a lot of things in their past and that’s where it should stay. It’s called past for a reason. I don’t know one person who...

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 is following the sustainability lead...

Garrett: Worn-out stereotypes emerge in Deen scandal

It seems that everyone has an opinion on the Food Network’s decision to “fire” Paula Deen, the first lady of deep-fried Southern cooking. Opinions really are like elbows, and I...

Yager: State parks are a treasure in our backyard

There is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee. Several of these state parks are located in the 12th Senatorial district including Indian...

Garrett: Dark underbelly of lax trade rules evident in forests

One of my favorite places is a dense stand of hemlocks along Indian Fork Creek near the Brimstone community. There, along property managed by Brimstone Recreation, hemlocks crowd along the...

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