Garrett: Campfires, katydids and world peace

I imagine the woods were a lonely place for prehistoric humankind who had yet to discover what happens when you touch a butane lighter...

Our View: Who pays for Litton Covered Bridge Road?

Scott County has won its legal battle to keep Litton Covered Bridge Road open. Now it must be prepared to pay for it.

Oden: The power of pickling

I found a gift on my desk last week. It was something unexpected and never before experienced in my six-plus decades. Knowing I am...

Garrett: Cold stops being fun as you get older

I hate cold weather. It isn’t a deep, abiding, despise-it-with-every-fiber-of-my-being hate. Not yet, at least. But it’s getting there. The older I get, the harder it is...

Garrett: Bleacher butt is a real condition

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

Garrett: Would better shampoo make men’s hair hold on longer?

Have you ever noticed that the number of bald women is far disproportionate to the number of bald men? I don’t see many bald women,...

Our View: Gas tax proposal is fair solution to Tennessee’s road needs

A December poll conducted by Vanderbilt University found a plurality of Tennesseans in support of Gov. Bill Haslam’s long-anticipated proposal for an increase in the...

Garrett: Sports are beneficial to our youth

Is there a better tool than youth sports for helping our children build confidence, develop social skills, and learn life lessons? I would argue that...

Garrett: Parenting advice is plentiful on Facebook

You don’t have to search too hard on social media to find advice about how to raise your children. As a matter of fact, you...

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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