Ben Garrett

Ben Garrett is Independent Herald editor. Contact him at bgarrett@ihoneida.com. Follow him on Twitter, @benwgarrett.
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Looking for some Christmas spirit? Much colder weather may be lurking

If you're one of the many people who need a little cold weather to set the mood for the Christmas season, you may be...

Christian roots: How Baptists came to be Scott County’s predominant denomination

Editor's Note — This article combines both parts of a two-part series appearing in the Independent Herald's Focus On Religion, exploring how the Baptist...

Scott County in Kentucky? It almost happened

How would you like to live in McCreary County, Ky.? If you're a resident of Scott County, Tenn., you're likely to turn up your nose...

Sisters follow their hearts into unique small business

A little more than six years ago, when she started painting furniture to help ease the stress of her father’s battle with cancer, Gabby...

How Scott County became Tennessee’s most Republican county

Editor's Note — Some of the following information comes from a May 2020 "Forgotten Times" feature in the Independent Herald, entitled, "Scott County's switch...

Notebook: Pigeon Forge made big plays when it mattered most. Officials bungled when it mattered most.

With 8:19 to play in the fourth quarter of Friday’s Scott High-Pigeon Forge game, sophomore Brady Strunk turned towards the sidelines with his hands...

Tropical storm could mean a wet weekend for East Tennessee

Tropical Storm Delta is headed for the Gulf of Mexico, and that could eventually mean a wet weekend for much of Tennessee, including the...

Oneida’s Lambert unhappy after Indians’ 21-14 loss at Rockwood

ROCKWOOD — Tony Lambert wasn’t very happy after Oneida’s 21-14 loss here Friday night — not with his team, and not with himself. “I’m just...

Management of county-owned sports complex stirs debate

HUNTSVILLE — By a wide margin on Monday night, Scott County Commission passed a resolution affirming the county government's sole authority to say who...

In the aftermath of Sally, a taste of fall

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sally, much cooler weather appears to be on tap for this weekend, with highs in the low 70s and...

A taste of the Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is known for its coffeeshops. Former Oregon residents Scott and Kristin McNamara didn't like the way the region was changing — but they do love coffee. After moving to Oneida in search of a place where people's values more closely align with their own, their endeavor is to bring a taste of those Pacific Northwest coffeeshops to their new friends and neighbors.

What happened to our big cool-down?

On August 30, I wrote that a taste of fall was likely in store in about a week, with high temps dropping into the...

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Scott County surpasses 1,000 total coronavirus cases

Scott County has reached the 1,000 case benchmark in the coronavirus pandemic. With 26 new cases reported by the TN Dept. of Health on Thanksgiving...

Scott sees a big decline in active covid cases

Scott County's active coronavirus cases decreased significantly on Tuesday, but the accomplishment might need an asterisk. The number of local Covid-19 cases locally decreased from...

Looking for some Christmas spirit? Much colder weather may be lurking

If you're one of the many people who need a little cold weather to set the mood for the Christmas season, you may be...

Christian roots: How Baptists came to be Scott County’s predominant denomination

Editor's Note — This article combines both parts of a two-part series appearing in the Independent Herald's Focus On Religion, exploring how the Baptist...
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