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: Dragonfly bus brings back memories of aspiring ‘hippieness’

Way back in the day when I had shoulder-length hair, wore bell-bottom jeans, and played electric guitar in a garage band, my aspiration was...

Oden: Bro. Leroy saw Christ’s life revealed on brushy slopes

The bowl of ragged hillside resembled a WW I battlefield in December daylight. Muddy rutted paths and trenches led between plywood structures cobbled together like...

Oden: Respect for funeral processions and state law

The uniformed soldier stood tall and proud in the rain beside his private vehicle, rigid right hand held steadily to his U.S. Army BDU...

Oden: The last days of Good Dog

The last days of the best dog ever in our family were full of happiness but pain and fear, too. Mason Leviticus Oden, the...

Oden: Some marketing and PR advice for the KKK

Being selected for membership in a well-known fraternal organization, one with roots in history and known across the world, is a heady experience. This...

Oden: Passing gas and fake news . . . they both stink!

Note to Readers – If discussion of human bodily functions offends you, please be advised that this column deals with a common malady of...

Oden: Cat cheese, loafer guts and cursive writing’s decline

One of my coffee table acquaintances recently remarked on the decline in simple penmanship displayed by so many young people. He had just tried...

Oden: Coffee club in crosshairs of city council

“Lord help us. Local government has targeted the coffee club!” The cell phone signal was weak, and the voice of the caller muffled. I could...

Oden: Checkers is much more than a game of ‘king me’

Checkers is a board game that some upper-crust, highly educated elites denigrate when compared to chess, “The Game of Kings.” But in Appalachia, the...

Oden: The small birds with big attitude

This spring, a pair of Carolina wrens has claimed my backyard patio and deck as their territory. They jealousy guard each square foot of...

Oden: Rural cemeteries tell sad, happy tales of past lives

One of my pastimes is exploring old rural cemeteries. Not a morbid preoccupation, this hobby is a way to open windows of history into...

Oden: Lawman Bass Reeves was bigger than life or fiction

The expert historian and genealogist on the paternal side of my family is also my late father’s youngest brother. He is the source of...

Latest articles

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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