Ben Garrett

Ben Garrett is Independent Herald editor. Contact him at bgarrett@ihoneida.com. Follow him on Twitter, @benwgarrett.
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Police call release of 'homeless' sex offender troubling

Oneida chief of police Darryl Laxton makes no bones about it: he does not want sex offenders living inside his town unless the address...

Hospital transfer approved by A.G.

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Christmas came three days early for Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals Friday morning. Tibbals received notification early Friday from the office of...

Oneida couple charged with voter registration fraud

HUNTSVILLE — An Oneida couple was arrested Tuesday evening on charges of voter registration fraud, stemming from an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of...

Pharmacies join D.A.'s effort to limit meth-making drug

An initiative by District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones to limit the availability of a key meth-making drug has apparently been received warmly by area...

Garrett: Cutting teachers' salaries isn't the best answer

Most of Tennessee’s public school teachers feel that they’re in the cross-hairs of a full-scale assault by the state government, and who can blame...

Huntsville reiterates plea for recreation help, aldermen take first step

HUNTSVILLE — At Thursday's meeting of the mayor and board of aldermen here, Huntsville City Recorder Wendy Buttram reiterated a plea for the townspeople...

Garrett: Worn-out stereotypes emerge in Deen scandal

It seems that everyone has an opinion on the Food Network’s decision to “fire” Paula Deen, the first lady of deep-fried Southern cooking. Opinions really...

Highland's fiber projected to bring faster internet speeds

SUNBRIGHT — The days of 256k internet in Scott County will soon be history. Highland Telephone Cooperative is entering the final stages of its massive...

School system plows way to balanced budget

HUNTSVILLE — Initially faced with a budget deficit of just over a quarter of a million dollars, the Scott County School System on Monday...

Oneida tax rate unchanged for FY 2013-2014

Oneida's property tax rate for fiscal year 2013-2014 will remain unchanged at $1 per $100 assessed value. The town's mayor and board of aldermen on...

Update: Sheriff deputy's daughter passes away one week after sudden collapse

Update (June 12, 2013, 2:20 p.m.) - KNOXVILLE — Shadara Douglas, the 17-year-old daughter of Scott County Sheriff's Department K-9 Officer Roger Douglas, died this...

Garrett: When and how to publish wreck photos?

Photos from a fatal accident in south Oneida were posted by the Independent Herald to our Facebook page (and website) Friday evening, prompting a...

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Two people injured in serious S.R. 63 accident

HUNTSVILLE — Two drivers were injured, and two more people escaped injury, in a serious, three-vehicle accident on S.R. 63 east of here Thursday...

Update: Several inches of rain expected through the weekend

As much as four inches of rain are expected across Scott County through the weekend and into early Monday, which will bring a slight...

Randy Byrge presented as ‘Person of the Year’

Randall Byrge was presented at the Scott County Chamber of Commerce's monthly board of directors luncheon on Thursday as the 2020 Chamber of Commerce/Independent...

Oneida falls to Harriman in district championship game

The Oneida Indians got Stubb(ed) on Wednesday night in the District 3-A championship game as Harriman’s Brady Stubbs led his team back from a...
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