Garrett: Lazy journalism can do much damage

A bizarre incident made national headlines last week. At a San Antonio Whataburger restaurant, a 30-year-old man snatched a “Make America Great Again” ball cap...

Oden: You can’t take the mortar out of the rock mason

While excavating the foundation for an addition to my home, the contractor encountered buried sandstone ledges and giant boulders. The backhoe and dozer broke...

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...

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...

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 guests realize what we’ve got

Over the next several days, several thousand visitors will stream into Scott County for the holiday weekend. They’ll come from Indiana and Ohio, Georgia and...

Garrett: The open and shut issue that just won’t go away

Monday’s County Commission meeting was a bit like deja vu.  After virtually no agenda items and little discussion for several months running, a topic with...

Garrett: Hatred on display at annual press dinner

Along with millions of other Americans, I laughed as President George W. Bush and comedian Steve Bridges — the comedian who perfectly impersonated Bush,...

Editorial: Motel closure was the right call

An Independent Herald editorial on Oct. 19, 2017 stated, “The Oneida Family Motel is a crime haven and a blight on this small town....

Our View: Tennessee wasn’t ready, again, and that’s unfair to students and teachers alike

Students were ready. Teachers were ready. The Tennessee Department of Education, as it turned out, wasn’t ready. Or, perhaps more accurately, the Tennessee Department of Education...
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