Ben Garrett

Ben Garrett is Independent Herald editor. Contact him at bgarrett@ihoneida.com. Follow him on Twitter, @benwgarrett.
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Trash today, artifact tomorrow

Just about everyone would recognize an old arrowhead on the sandy floor of a rock shelter as an artifact. But far fewer people would...

Kip’s Kloset is off and running

It started with a casual conversation between Children's Center of the Cumberlands Executive Director Kellie Walker and a TN Dept. of Children's Services investigator....

Garrett: We’re destroying our home

Before we hit the trail back towards civilization on the final morning of our camping trip in the Big South Fork backcountry, I told...

Sheriff Cross is remembered fondly by his community

Editor's Note — Throughout the month of July, this series will take a look at the stories behind the names that are memorialized on...

Garrett: It was a parade … But God showed up

It was a little before 7 p.m. Saturday evening, and folks were rolling into the First Baptist Church parking lot in Huntsville, joining forces...

Garrett: An imperfect union founded on perfect ideas

The United States of America is an imperfect union founded on perfect ideas. When Thomas Jefferson wrote America’s Declaration of Independence in June 1776...

Tennessee is experiencing rapid growth of coronavirus outbreak

New cases of coronavirus are surging in Tennessee. It had once been hoped that the arrival of hot summer weather would stymie the spread of...

Amaysing Grub’s Chelsie Mays chases her dream

For four years, Chelsie Mays pursued her nursing degree. She got accepted into South College's sought-after nursing program to finish her bachelor's. She appeared...

Mike Marlar: ‘Nothing else I’m ever gonna love this much’

Two years ago, Mike Marlar thought he might retire. Since then, he's won the World of Outlaws national championship, made his Nascar debut with a Top 5 finish, and had two of his best years as a race car driver.

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...

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BGC to close for cleaning after staff member tests positive for Covid-19

The Boys & Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau will be closed for the remainder of the week for cleaning, after learning Tuesday a...

Trash today, artifact tomorrow

Just about everyone would recognize an old arrowhead on the sandy floor of a rock shelter as an artifact. But far fewer people would...

Paddling through summer’s ‘dog days’

Summer's dog days are upon us. It's the hottest part of summer, most of us have exhausted our supply of vacation days, and everyone...

Carina Caldwell named BGC’s Youth of the Year

  Each year, the Boys & Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau showcases an exemplary youth who is a member of the club at the...
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