Editorial: It’s time for overhaul of dangerous S.R. 63 intersection

We can't be the first to say it, but let us be next: TDOT, you simply must take action to make the S.R. 63-S.R....

Oden: Important lessons for first-time grandfather

Friends told me, “Your life will change with grandchildren.” I did not think so. I am basically staid and conservative, a set-in-my-ways widower whose...

Roy: A farewell to Freeman

I can’t remember the first time I saw Freeman Walker, but I’ll never forget our last conversation.I guess it’s been 30 years or more...

Appalachian Notebook: Speaking up for App-Uh-Lach-Uh’s hybrid language

Among fellow Appalachians, my grandmother never worried that someone would be puzzled by what “play pretty” meant. However, using this unique regional phrase instead...

Our View: Congress must act quickly on Obamacare

According to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, Humana’s decision to pull out of the Obamacare market will leave 40,000 currently-insured people without coverage in...

Letter: Thanks to community for support

Editor:Words cannot begin to express how grateful I am for the out-pouring of love and support I have received from the community, friends, and...

Garrett: Campfires, katydids and world peace

I imagine the woods were a lonely place for prehistoric humankind who had yet to discover what happens when you touch a butane lighter...

Garrett: Technology makes vacationing possible

When I first became affiliated with the Independent Herald by writing a weekly outdoors column — a lifetime ago at the tender age of...

Oden: Portraits of Oden and PTO in the crosshairs

The painting of Jesus Christ had hung in the school entrance over the door for 76 years, across from a “Hall of Honor” portrait...

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...

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