Ben Garrett

Ben Garrett is Independent Herald editor. Contact him at bgarrett@ihoneida.com. Follow him on Twitter, @benwgarrett.
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Oneida's West in familiar territory

if( function_exists('ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT') ) { ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT(); } WARTBURG — As the final seconds of Friday's semifinal win over Coalfield ticked away, Oneida ladies' basketball coach Marv...

Yager indicates reluctance for school vouchers, TennCare expansion

if( function_exists('ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT') ) { ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT(); } HUNTSVILLE — In a town hall meeting here Friday morning, state Sen. Ken Yager indicated a reluctance to support...

Garrett: Website changes will benefit all

if( function_exists('ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT') ) { ADDTOANY_SHARE_SAVE_KIT(); } Understandably, a few readers were miffed by the Independent Herald’s decision to begin requiring customers be paid subscribers for...

Oneida water board could be dissolved

Oneida’s Water and Wastewater Board, which directs the town’s Water and Wastewater Department, may soon be disbanded and its duties absorbed by the town’s...

Gun blitz: local buyers hit by shortage

A customer at the Oneida Walmart inspects a .223 rifle before purchasing it.   For clerks in the sporting goods department at the Oneida Walmart, it...

Hospital drama: no finality expected

HUNTSVILLE — Scott County Commission met here Tuesday, after the Independent Herald had gone to press, but was expected to hear from S.M. Promen...

Garrett: In mud puddle is sign of spring

I had to look close to be sure I was seeing what I thought I was seeing. Clinging to a tree root in a mud...

Search continues for missing preacher

HELENWOOD — The most exhaustive search yet for Helenwood Detour Road’s Dowell Phillips continued to yield few clues as to the whereabouts of the...

Oneida schools tighten security

Stricter security measures are being implemented at Oneida schools, in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last month. The...

Education, drugs among expected legislative topics

NASHVILLE — While the 108th General Assembly won’t truly get down to business until later this month, state lawmakers kicked off the session with...

Garrett: Armed or unarmed, murderers will be murderers

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., last week unveiled a summary of the legislation she says she will introduce to Congress this month aimed at...

Breaking tradition

The first couple of days of each new year around the Independent Herald office are — as is the case at many community newspapers...

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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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