Ben Garrett

Ben Garrett is Independent Herald editor. Contact him at bgarrett@ihoneida.com. Follow him on Twitter, @benwgarrett.
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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...

Eye to the Sky: Another tropical storm could soon impact Tennessee, and it could be a humdinger

Most of East Tennessee saw considerable rainfall from the remnants of the last tropical storm to impact the Gulf Coast, and it looks like...

Garrett: The year of the yellow jacket

Nature is full of old wives’ predictions this time of year. When hornets build their nests high (or when they build their nests low, depending...

Eye to the Sky: The wet, soggy third week of August

Ordinarily, August is one of the driest months of the year in this part of the world. October is the driest month, followed by...

His father in him: 40 years after Jimmy May came to Oneida as a 12-year-old kid, he’ll be the Indians’ head coach

In 1981, Clinton native Jim May moved to Oneida to accept a job as head coach of the high school football program. May made the...

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Obituary: Hilton Jeffers, 69

Hilton Jeffers departed this life on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 at his home in the Straight Fork community. He was 69. Life: Born Oct. 18,...

Services being planned for wife of TBI director emeritus Arzo Carson

HUNTSVILLE — Shirley Laxton Carson, the wife of former Scott County district attorney general and TBI director Arzo Carson, died Saturday at her Huntsville...

Obituary: Shirley Laxton Carson, 85

Shirley June Laxton Carson, of Huntsville, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021. She was 85. Life: Born in Oneida to Loma...

Obituary: Marilyn Moore Stark, 67

Marilyn Moore Stark, of Oneida, passed away on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021 at Big South Fork Medical Center. She was 67. Life: Born April 29,...
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