Steve Oden

Steve Oden is an award-winning columnist and former newspaper editor in Tennessee and Alabama. His column, "Appalachian Notebook," appears in the Independent Herald bi-weekly.
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Oden: Chrome, fins and wings marked family success

Recently, a first cousin of mine posted an old family photo on her Facebook page. It showed my mother supporting a curly-headed baby—me, of...

Oden: Flocks of sandhill cranes are now a Southern thing

Once in my life, I aspired to be to be a hunting and fishing guide. I was already a river rat, at least this...

Oden: Clinging to ragged clothing despite spouse

My wife surreptitiously stares at the University of Tennessee jersey when I pull it over my head. The Volunteer orange color has much faded...

Oden: Bridal beer bottle opener means we’re hitched

Holy matrimony’s ritual has changed from the ceremony that joined me to my late wife in 1973. Our marriage lasted more than 40 years....

A microcosm of human life and drama in the aisles of Walmart

“Maintenance with a mop and bucket to the lingerie department,” blared the loudspeaker at Walmart. Several of us waiting in the checkout lanes – old...

The art of spending more and getting less

Doesn’t it seem like we pay more and get less for goods and services? Maybe you haven’t noticed. The disparity would not...

Hunters: Get ready for changes due to CWD

Editor's Note — Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was recently discovered in Tennessee for the first time, bringing...

Oden: Shady enjoyment during the shank of the evening

No one in their right mind would argue that air conditioning wasn’t an economic and social game-changer in southern Appalachia. I’ve written before about...

Oden: Tired of the celebrity bullhorn

The rich and famous who hawk political views on issues that affect Americans living in fly-over country have run their celebrity privilege in the...

Oden: Avoid unwanted guests by running and hiding

An Appalachian friend called after Christmas to wish me belated happy holidays. After catching up about families and goings-on, he bemoaned the fact that...

Oden: You can’t take the mortar out of the rock mason

While excavating the foundation for an addition to my home, the contractor encountered buried sandstone ledges and giant boulders. The backhoe and dozer broke...

Oden: Ardmore company made hoop cheese and helped farmers

Google mapped a convoluted path to our destination, but I probably would have found it – eventually. The problem was apparent. The smartphone’s female...

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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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