Oden: Coffee club in crosshairs of city council

“Lord help us. Local government has targeted the coffee club!” The cell phone signal was weak, and the voice of the caller muffled. I could barely hear my old friend...

Garrett: The divine chastisement of a flat tire

As the sun sank Sunday evening, I drove — or, rather, limped — the 16 miles from the end of civilization at the head of Smokey Creek to S.R....

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 to ask, “For how long?” Jennifer...

Garrett: Butch Jones faces the biggest game of his career

In a little less than six weeks, the University of Tennessee football team will travel south on I-75 to Atlanta for a Labor Day showdown with Georgia Tech at...

Oden: Checkers is much more than a game of ‘king me’

Checkers is a board game that some upper-crust, highly educated elites denigrate when compared to chess, “The Game of Kings.” But in Appalachia, the Ozarks and western U.S., veteran...

Our view: Thompson’s obituary didn’t tell the whole story

The obituary was short, simple, and to the point. B. Ray Thompson Jr., who died of a stroke on June 29 at the age of 88, was a man who...

Garrett: Jayden K. Smith, the fake internet sensation

If you accept Jayden K. Smith as your friend on Facebook, your computer will spontaneously explode. And if you don’t forward this to 10 people in the next 30...

Oden: The small birds with big attitude

This spring, a pair of Carolina wrens has claimed my backyard patio and deck as their territory. They jealousy guard each square foot of concrete and treated wood from...

Smith: It’s time to do the right thing

By Tim Smith Let me begin by saying I made a mistake in the naming of the petition that was posted online. The petition was titled Rename OHS Stadium for...

Garrett: Darned if they do, darned if they don’t

With occupancy of the White House and majority control of both chambers of Congress, you’d think being a Republican in Washington would be an easy job these days. But members...

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