Garrett: Stay out! This is my room!

If twins are supposed to share some sort of special sibling bond, mine apparently didn’t get the memo. My son has a heart approximately the size of Texas, but prefers...

Garrett: Right or wrong, men died for that

Whether Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson was right or wrong in his comments on the issue of homosexuality is secondary to the central issue behind A&E’s decision last week...

Garrett: Our elders did Christmas different, but they did it right

Oneida’s Flonnie Webb Stephens, who will turn 105 in just a few weeks, pens a remembrance of Christmases long past in this week’s edition of the Independent Herald (page...

Garrett: Mike Cross wasn't your typical sheriff

Two things I can tell you about Mike Cross: He was a John Wayne fan, and he was a man of faith. To see the sheriff's love for John Wayne,...

Editorial: We will make or break our hospital

We need a hospital. For the past 18 months, that has been the lament of many Scott Countians — over cups of coffee at McDonald’s, in checkout lines at Save-A-Lot...

Garrett: Thanksgiving deserves its own day

It seems as though there has been more chatter — much of it a sort of righteously indignant chatter — about the infringement of Black Friday sales starting one...

Few make lemonade out of lemons like former Vol Johnson

"The moment I figured out that it didn’t matter what happened in my life, God has a plan and is in control, life didn’t stand a chance.” Those were the...

Garrett: Pays for hunters to mind others' feelings

With the opening of this year’s deer hunting seasons — muzzleloader season opened Saturday and will remain open until gun season kicks in on Nov. 23 — comes the...

Garrett: It's mostly about the lessons learned

I paused to rest Sunday afternoon beneath a knotted and bent white oak tree. A mile’s hike from the nearest road, I’ve been seeing that knotty old tree for more...

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 collection recognizing famous historical figures....

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