Ben Garrett

Ben Garrett is Independent Herald editor. Contact him at bgarrett@ihoneida.com. Follow him on Twitter, @benwgarrett.
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Garrett: America’s latest turmoil isn’t as black and white as it might seem

I seethed with anger when I watched the video of now-fired-and-jailed Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd’s neck...

‘This job really spoke to me’ — Lady Highlanders’ Jake Wright eager to get started

HUNTSVILLE — “Excited. Exuberant.” Those are the words that Jake Wright uses to describe his hire as Scott High School’s girls basketball coach. The 27-year-old,...

Wet weather pattern will soon be history

Friday dawned with yet another threat of scattered rain showers and thunderstorms, as an upper level low pressure system that has been stationed over...

‘I just had to try here first’

When Oneida's Katie Byrd decided to open an esthetics clinic, she knew Scott County was where she needed to be

Hospitals exaggerating Covid-19 illnesses would be subject to fines, criminal charges

For weeks, it has been a source of internet conspiracy theories and speculation, an accusation that has been offered by so-called "coronavirus truthers" as...

Huntsville Manor plans drive-by parade for residents

On Monday, Scott County residents will have an opportunity to brighten the day of dozens of residents at Huntsville Health & Rehabilitation, formerly Huntsville...

Tennessee is Southern leader in coronavirus testing

Even before it enlisted the help of the National Guard to offer drive-thru testing clinics on weekends, Tennessee had emerged as a regional leader...

Forgotten Times: The state-of-the-art mining operation at Roach Creek

Take a trip up Roach Creek in eastern Scott County today, and you won’t find much to indicate that a thriving coal operation and...

Notebook: Sports are canceled, and it sucks

This sucks. I'm sorry, but there's just no other way to put it. So I'll be blunt. We knew it was coming, had ample time to...

What might’ve been … or might yet be

When coronavirus fears hit the United States and social-distancing measures began to be broadly enforced, it placed Oneida's boys basketball team's first state tournament...

Operation Share seeks community’s help to continue mission

For the past 12 years, Operation Share has helped countless Scott Countians. Now, the non-profit organization is turning to the community for help.

Analysis: No, you won’t have to show papers if you’re outside your home in Tennessee

It was bound to happen, and it is. Hours after Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee issued an executive order requiring residents to stay at home...

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Garrett: America’s latest turmoil isn’t as black and white as it might seem

I seethed with anger when I watched the video of now-fired-and-jailed Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd’s neck...

Oneida City Park to reopen; splash pad will reopen later

  Oneida City Park will reopen on Friday, June 12, the office of Mayor Jack E. Lay announced today. The park will be open from 7...

Scott County has a 13th case of coronavirus

HUNTSVILLE — Scott County's 13th case of novel coronavirus, reported Friday, is a patient who was infected and tested outside the state. Scott County Mayor...

Oneida tabs Kingston’s Layne as band director

The Oneida Special School District has named Andrew Layne its new band director, Director of Schools Dr. Jeanny Phillips announced this week. Layne, a native...
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