Garrett: Too many people makes vacation a chore

Saying that Panama City Beach, Fla., is commercialized is like saying sweet tea is sweet, or that ice cream is cold. But the level of commercialism at this and other...

Garrett: The mouse came, but he couldn’t stay

In 1995’s Apollo 13 — the captivating cinematic account of NASA’s failed mission to the moon in 1970 — one controller asks another: “Is it A.M. or P.M.?” The...

Editorial: Oneida stadium should be named in Jim May’s honor

Placing Coach Jim May’s name on the football stadium at Oneida High School is an honor long overdue. Earlier this month, the school’s P.A. broadcaster, Kevin Acres, appeared before the...

Garrett: Bleacher butt is a real condition

Bleacher Butt Syndrome is real. Seriously. The Free Dictionary by Farlex, thefreedictionary.com, has an entry for it. And, if you want the technical breakdown, Bleacher Butt Syndrome is “a condition...

Oden: Lawman Bass Reeves was bigger than life or fiction

The expert historian and genealogist on the paternal side of my family is also my late father’s youngest brother. He is the source of often surprising, sometimes shocking revelations...

Garrett: For success-hungry Vols fans, 7.5 wins aren’t enough

We’re nearing the 100-day mark on the countdown to college football season — when the number of days remaining until the first college teams take the field goes from...

Garrett: Obituary tells the tale of an 87-year love story

It isn’t everyone who can brag of marrying their childhood sweetheart. Most boys develop an interest in girls, and vice-versa, at some point during their elementary school years, but...

Oden: Why I picked up a shotgun after four years

The last time I picked up a shotgun and turkey call was four years ago, almost to the day that my last tag was filled on a small Appalachian...

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 for the first time in...

Garrett: Governor’s tax hike is a good start towards good roads

The Tennessee General Assembly last week gave a thumbs up to Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to increase the state’s gas tax (see story, page A1), marking a big first...

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