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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Oden: Dodge's Super Bowl ad harkened back to troubled time

When the dust final settled and the media lost interest in the winners and losers, Beyonce and the stadium power outage, Super Bowl buzz...

Sound Off: ATVs on public roads

Should ATVs be allowed on certain public roads at certain times of the year? Our readers respond: I think yes they should be allowed as...

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...
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