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Snow cream: Quick, easy, cheap, tasty, fun

Snow cream. It’s a timeless, tasty winter tradition that is enjoyed by young and old alike. It’s as much a part of a “snow...

Big South Fork’s tragic cemetery, where farmer buried his seven kids

(Editor’s Note: In recent months, Our Back Yard has been profiling cemeteries located on Scott County’s recreational lands, including the Big South Fork National...

Christmas at Mine No. 12

Christmas at Mine No. 12 is a fictional short story about a Christmas Eve mining disaster at a coal mine in Brimstone — and how families from the Indian Fork valley rallied to save their loved ones. This story originally appeared in print in the Independent Herald in 2019 as a series. It is reprinted here in its entirety.
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X is for Christ: The history of Merry Xmas and why it doesn’t have to be considered an insult to Christianity

It’s a common refrain in many Christmas circles this time of year: “Put Christ back in Christmas.” Xmas is an often-used abbreviation for Christmas, but...

The story of Scott County’s first cars

By the start of the 20th century, America was entering a new era of technology: the age of motorized vehicles. It’s likely that few people...

RaeZack’s: Living out a childhood dream

Even as a little girl, Michelle King dreamed of one day owning her own restaurant. It was a childhood game of sorts: King would put...

Scott County’s CCR named one of the nation’s best

In tiny Scott County, Tenn., with its population of 22,000, exists a domestic violence intervention task force that will serve as a model for...

Murder in the school house: Scott County’s first — and only — execution

Ben Fowler, 35, a Scott County lawman who was said to have busted up 200 moonshine stills, died in the electric chair in Nashville on Jan. 25, 1928 for the murders of Dr. Wiley W. Foust and fellow lawman John Wesley West. All of the men were watching a movie that was playing in the auditorium of Robbins High School. Fowler became enraged at children laughing, and when Foust attempted to intervene, he was shot five times in the face. West was also shot by accident, and died two days later. Fowler was drunk at the time. His appeal was denied, and he became the 29th person to die in Tennessee's electric chair.

Terry Cemetery: Final resting place of many from No Business

In the early days of the No Business settlement west of the Big South Fork River, the community’s dead were buried in the Nancy...

Forgotten Times: The Chitwood family’s Civil War tragedy

Editor’s Note: This story was originally written by Paul Roy in January 2008. By 1864, the Civil War was winding down, but chances are most...

MPHC: A 47-year commitment to community health care

Editor's Note: This is the second in a two-part series in which Profiles of a 3-Star Community focuses on Mountain People's Health Councils. We...

Focus on Health: Small steps, big difference

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimate that more than 1 in 3 U.S. adults have prediabetes. That’s 88 million people...

Remembering Daniel Jeffers, Scott County attorney who led a remarkable life

Editor's Note — This article was written by Independent Herald founder and long-time publisher Paul Roy in 2012. Upon writing it, Roy credited Daniel...
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Must Read

Kenneth Chambers, 86

Kenneth Dean Chambers departed this life on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 86. Life: Born...

Opal Lowe, 85

Opal M. Lowe, of Straight Fork, departed this life on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 at Methodist Medical Center in oak Ridge, Tenn. She was...

Ronnie Roberts, 80

Ronald “Ronnie” Dean Roberts peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, surrounded by his loving family after a...

Barbara McCarroll, 83

Barbara Faye McCarroll passed away on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 at her home in Oneida. She was 83. Life: Born in the Straight Fork community...