Editorial: When a tax 'increase' isn't necessarily

As is always the case, the unveiling of the “certified tax rates” for Scott County and its municipalities has create a few misunderstandings regarding...

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...

Garrett: Mike Cross wasn't your typical sheriff

Two things I can tell you about Mike Cross: He was a John Wayne fan, and he was a man of faith.To see the...

Garrett: We've come full circle on religion

As I was writing this week’s story, “Faith on Their Sleeve” (see page A1), I was reminded of something my great-grandfather Hobert Wright said...

Oden: Appalachian iron made wood-burning cook stoves

My promise to Linda Britt was to find out something about her old wood-burning kitchen stove. We sat in her sunroom on a winter’s...

Appalachian Notebook: Classified ads can soar to literary heights – or not

The classified ad listed under a Sporting Goods header in the local shopper piqued my interest. For only $25, I could own an almost...

Garrett: Spider invasion proves to be a headache

I keep a .357 magnum revolver next to my bed, just in case.“Just in case” can mean a lot of things. A hopped-up-on-meth intruder who...

Garrett: Stay out! This is my room!

If twins are supposed to share some sort of special sibling bond, mine apparently didn’t get the memo.My son has a heart approximately the...

Garrett: Sun doesn’t lie; winter is on borrowed time

In this bleakest, dullest, darkest time of the year, there’s comfort in photoperiodism.Once the winter solstice occurs just before Christmas, the days begin to...

Our View: Positive signals from Lee administration

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee wasn’t anywhere near Scott County last week, but a visit by a senior member of his cabinet — and the...

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