Ben Garrett

Ben Garrett is Independent Herald editor. Contact him at bgarrett@ihoneida.com. Follow him on Twitter, @benwgarrett.
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Kolby Morgan’s lesson for kids back home: Reach for the stars

When the Independent Herald reported last December that Oneida standout Kolby Morgan would likely wind up at the University of Tennessee, one well-meaning reader...

Eye to the Sky: A potential taste of fall lurks

An unsettled weather period is likely to set up over our area early next week, which will lead to wet weather. But weather enthusiasts...

Opinion: A switch to remote learning shouldn’t automatically impact extra-curricular activities

As schools in Scott County join the long — and growing — list of schools from across the state that are being forced to...

Eye to the Sky: Daily rain chances return

It's been 11 days since rainfall of any significance fell in Scott County, but we'll return to a daily chance for rain showers later...

Eye to the Sky: Enjoying a prolonged dry period

We're in the midst of one of the longest dry periods of the season, and it's not going to end any time soon. That seems...

Opinion: We stood united, but we couldn’t hold on

As I drove by the courthouse square in Cookeville, Tenn. and saw the impromptu candlelight vigil that was taking place on the lawn, it...

Eye to the Sky: Summer is on borrowed time

If you hate summer — and if you're one of those ladies who is already looking forward to pumpkin spice season —...

Our Back Yard: A scenic road trip through New River’s historic mining settlements

Narrow and winding S.R. 116 passes through many communities along the headwaters of New River in the Cumberland Mountains. Places like Coal Creek, Beech...

Eye to the Sky: Flash Flood Watch issued for entire region

Hurricane Ida has unleashed her wrath on New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, and is now moving further inland as a tropical depression after...

Opinion: Let the teachers teach, and the administrators lead

With obstruction efforts being launched from the very top on down, there’s never been a more difficult time to be in education. Whether you’re a...

Update: Heavy rains expected from Hurricane Ida

Hurricane Ida is closing in on the coast of Louisiana this afternoon, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph and a minimum central pressure...

Update: Hurricane Ida will bring rain to northern Cumberland Plateau

Here comes Hurricane Ida. Ida is currently a category 1 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. She is rocketing northwest through the Gulf...

Latest articles

Obituary: Ethel King Baird, 86

Ethel Alice King Baird, of Pine Knot, Ky. and formerly of Tennessee, departed this life on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 at the River Valley...

Obituary: Charles Young, 86

Charles Cebern Young, of Huntsville, passed away on Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. He was 86. Life: Charles was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and companion. Preceded...

Obituary: Hurstle Keeton, 81

Hurstle Ray Keeton, of Oneida, departed this life on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at the home of his daughter in Clinton, Tenn. He was...

Obituary: Alice Rayburn, 69

Alice Louise Litton Rayburn, of Helenwood, passed away on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021 at LaFollette Medical Center with her loving family by her side....
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