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...

Our View: Hospital will not survive without community buy-in

When news broke that the long-awaited reopening date of Scott County’s hospital had been set for Aug. 8, it didn’t take long for someone...

Garrett: I don’t stand with Roseanne…or the others

There was a hashtag trending on social media last week: #istandwithroseanne. The hashtag was a show of support for Roseanne Barr, the comedian and actress...

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...

Garrett: Heavy rains turned Norris into a tourist sideshow

There was a lot of dam traffic in Norris last week. Starting at mid-week, when the Tennessee Valley Authority opened the spillway on Norris Dam...

Garrett: Technology makes vacationing possible

When I first became affiliated with the Independent Herald by writing a weekly outdoors column — a lifetime ago at the tender age of...

McElroy: Public notices on gov't websites won't cut it

By Jack McElroy In recent years, the General Assembly has considered amending the way public notices are handled in Tennessee. This is understandable. The communications...

Oden: Barn cats, kittens and the power to hiss

Barn cats. You don’t know where they come from, but suddenly they appear and establish squatters’ rights on an outbuilding. If they are tame,...

Garrett: Nancy Swain Watters Walk should serve as a reminder

It is likely that some of the children who were assembled for Friday’s Nancy Swain Watters Memorial Walk have suffered some form of abuse....

Garrett: Biggest bear threat is missing pic-a-nic basket

My first encounter with a black bear was in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Actually, the encounter was at Mynatt Park on the outskirts...
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