Ben Garrett

Ben Garrett is Independent Herald editor. Contact him at bgarrett@ihoneida.com. Follow him on Twitter, @benwgarrett.
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Summer is on the way — big time!

It's been quite a tolerable summer so far, with slightly below-average temperatures and slightly above-average rainfall for much of Tennessee, including the Cumberland Plateau. But...

Who was Tennessee’s biggest Heisman Trophy snub?

For lifelong Tennessee football fans, the 1997 Heisman Trophy race isn't easily forgotten. After quarterback Peyton Manning was denied the Heisman, finishing second in the...

Update: A wet — and potentially very wet — weekend is on tap

Most of the northern plateau region has been dry the past couple of days, but the reprieve from the summer thunderstorms won't last long,...

Another wet weekend appears to be in store

If you like your summer weather without scorching-hot temperatures and with plenty of rain, you're loving Summer 2021, and it doesn't look like the...

Rainy weekend: How much rain that might actually mean, and when the pattern will break

We're in the midst of what National Weather Service meteorologists were referring to for several days leading up to it as a "wet pattern"...

Opinion: Three cheers for a night parade

I wasn't sure how much I'd like a night parade. I'm a traditionalist, and 4th of July parades are traditionally in the morning. In most...

Update: Wetter weather returns for the second half of the week

This 4th of July weekend featured the best weather that our area has had for an Independence Day holiday in a very long time....

Eye to the Sky: Could ‘Elsa’ eventually bring rain to East Tennessee?

Tropical Storm Elsa is battering Haiti this evening, and will eventually cross Hispaniola and Jamaica before heading towards Florida and the U.S. cost. Could...

American Independence: Remembering the Scott Countians who helped win the Revolutionary War

- Advertisement - It wasn’t until 1849, more than 60 years after the American Revolutionary War ended, that Scott County was formed by the state...

Understanding prehistoric Scott County

Sometime around 1800 — nobody knows the exact date — a North Carolinian named Mikel “Grand Mikey” Low moved his family to Smokey Creek...

Eye to the Sky: Wet, soggy start to 4th of July weekend may be in store

Independence Day itself may see rain chances decrease, but the holiday weekend leading up to the 4th of July is increasingly looking like a...

Update: Strong storms possible Monday evening, then much cooler

Strong to severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts are possible this evening and tonight, ahead of a strong cold front that is bearing down...

Latest articles

Obituary: David Foster, 41

David Dewayne Foster departed this life on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Big South Fork Medical Center in Oneida. He was 41. Life: Born July...

Obituary: Dorothy Hall-Norris, 86

Straight Fork Dorothy Valentine Hall Norris, of the Straight Fork community, departed this life on Friday, July 23, 2021 at her home in Huntsville. She...

As another surge of covid takes hold in Tennessee, the deaths are skewing younger

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: Tennessee is in the early stages of yet another covid surge. Whether that surge will ultimately spread to Scott...

Yager highlights commitments to mental health, volunteer firemen and broadband expansion

In a visit to Scott County on Thursday, State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, applauded the state’s commitments to mental health, broadband expansion and volunteer...
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