Ben Garrett

Ben Garrett is Independent Herald editor. Contact him at bgarrett@ihoneida.com. Follow him on Twitter, @benwgarrett.
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Garrett: It was a parade … But God showed up

It was a little before 7 p.m. Saturday evening, and folks were rolling into the First Baptist Church parking lot in Huntsville, joining forces...

Garrett: An imperfect union founded on perfect ideas

The United States of America is an imperfect union founded on perfect ideas. When Thomas Jefferson wrote America’s Declaration of Independence in June 1776...

Tennessee is experiencing rapid growth of coronavirus outbreak

New cases of coronavirus are surging in Tennessee. It had once been hoped that the arrival of hot summer weather would stymie the spread of...

Amaysing Grub’s Chelsie Mays chases her dream

For four years, Chelsie Mays pursued her nursing degree. She got accepted into South College's sought-after nursing program to finish her bachelor's. She appeared...

Mike Marlar: ‘Nothing else I’m ever gonna love this much’

Two years ago, Mike Marlar thought he might retire. Since then, he's won the World of Outlaws national championship, made his Nascar debut with a Top 5 finish, and had two of his best years as a race car driver.

Garrett: America’s latest turmoil isn’t as black and white as it might seem

I seethed with anger when I watched the video of now-fired-and-jailed Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd’s neck...

‘This job really spoke to me’ — Lady Highlanders’ Jake Wright eager to get started

HUNTSVILLE — “Excited. Exuberant.” Those are the words that Jake Wright uses to describe his hire as Scott High School’s girls basketball coach. The 27-year-old,...

Wet weather pattern will soon be history

Friday dawned with yet another threat of scattered rain showers and thunderstorms, as an upper level low pressure system that has been stationed over...

‘I just had to try here first’

When Oneida's Katie Byrd decided to open an esthetics clinic, she knew Scott County was where she needed to be

Hospitals exaggerating Covid-19 illnesses would be subject to fines, criminal charges

For weeks, it has been a source of internet conspiracy theories and speculation, an accusation that has been offered by so-called "coronavirus truthers" as...

Huntsville Manor plans drive-by parade for residents

On Monday, Scott County residents will have an opportunity to brighten the day of dozens of residents at Huntsville Health & Rehabilitation, formerly Huntsville...

Tennessee is Southern leader in coronavirus testing

Even before it enlisted the help of the National Guard to offer drive-thru testing clinics on weekends, Tennessee had emerged as a regional leader...

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Unemployment claims increase slightly in Scott County

The residual impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the economy may be beginning to rear its ugly head. After unemployment skyrocketed in March and...

Green to yellow: East Tennessee hospital capacity reaches ‘cautionary’ level for first time due to Covid-19

For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic reached East Tennessee, the region's health care capacity is reaching a point where it might soon...

Scott County has three cases of coronavirus added; statewide cases surge

The TN Dept. of Health is also reporting increased deaths and hospitalizations over the past 24 hours

TSSAA delays vote on contingency plan for fall sports; urges mask-wearing to help make sure games happen

The TSSAA Board of Control held a special called meeting on to discuss plans for the upcoming football and girls’ soccer seasons due to...
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