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...

Sound Off: New cars for Sheriff's Department?

Should a spending freeze by Scott County include a halt on new car purchases for the Scott County Sheriff's Department? Our readers sound off: They...

Oden: Climate change headlines border on the fantastic

For several years as the tone and timber of climate change alarmism have increased in the media, I’ve wondered how newspapers, magazines, TV networks...

Garrett: No better time to showcase Scott County

As a friend and I were crossing the Scott-Campbell line Sunday afternoon — where S.R. 63 reaches the top of a gap between two...

Garrett: CEO's 'tude both childish, cruel

Overweight? Homely? Unpopular? Hip clothing magnate Mike Jeffries doesn’t want you wearing his lines. Which is a pretty cruel thing to say. But Jeffries takes...
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