This morning, I ascended from the valley to an elevation of 1,800 feet, all while controlling and regulating the sound of laughing, singing and playing. I was navigating 25,000 pounds of rolling stock in the pitch dark, in a torrential downpour where fog reduced visibility to near zero.
I was born in Maine where trick-or-treating required eight layers of clothing, and the climate in Northern Ireland where I was raised required the same attire. In Florida, everything changed. Trick-or-treating in 90-degree weather is not fun, and I was forced to break the heart of my Elmo-lo…
As a child, Halloween brought me such joy, and I loved the search for the perfect pumpkin upon which to carve my masterpiece. I would eagerly light the candle in my pumpkin each evening, and count down the days until I could go trick-or-treating.
This morning, as this issue of The Independent makes its way to press, headlines are once again flooding the media waves in an all-too-familiar way. There has been yet another heartbreaking and senseless mass shooting.
In light of the actions of NFL athletes across the country this past Sunday, a terrifying episode that took place just a few miles up the road from Marion County, has sadly gone largely unnoticed.
It has been a long-standing tradition in Marion County, and in a great number of neighboring communities, to open football games with a prayer, along with dozens of other sporting and public events.
Last week, in conjunction with a national campaign, County Mayor David Jackson signed a Proclamation declaring September to be Suicide Prevention Awareness Month here in Marion County.
This Friday night, football fans across the region will flock to Marion County High School to witness a historical rivalry game between the Warriors and the Pirates, representing one of the oldest rivalries in the State of Tennessee.
With stories of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey dominating the media, I can’t help but think back to my days of living in Florida. Living right on the water proved to be a nerve-wracking experience, especially during Hurricane Season.
The buzz about next Monday's solar eclipse just continues to escalate daily. What a teachable moment for our youngsters and adults alike. The last FULL solar eclipse was last seen here in the United States in 1979!
The Independent newspaper came to this area just one year ago, and like the longtime residents, we quickly fell in love with the Sequatchie Valley.
In the United States, we have many holidays centered around being Americans such as Flag Day, Independence Day, birthdays for presidents and noted leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr., Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
This is in response to the Town of Jasper’s proposed Ordinance #376 restricting Pit Bull breed dogs inside the city limits: The Ordinance states: To own a Pit Bull breed dog inside the city limits, the owner must have insurance and the dog has to be registered with the city recorder. Other …
After attending the South Pittsburg City meeting last Tuesday night and being alarmed at Mayor Virgil Holder’s description of our city’s finances, I decided to look into the public records and educate myself on the details of the city’s financial health. This information is available on the…
The Sequatchie Valley has endured yet another season of heartache. Beset with loss suffered from fire and precipitation at the same time seems like a cruel mix, yet it brought together those of us that care for the Southeast.
This Friday night, two of our high school football teams will take the field at home in the TSSAA semi-finals, one game away from the state championship BlueCross Bowl in Cookeville.
Lately, our news has been filled with political debate, ridicule and antagonism. Sadly, the country seems to have forgotten the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew.
Free community college available to ANY Tennessee high school graduate certainly leads to bulging enrollment numbers, but there are too many intangibles to count that affect our Valley positively as a result of this state policy. The Tennessee Promise, as the scholarship program is official…
Law enforcement officers in rural counties such as ours are often perceived as “Andy Griffith” types. Some picture the Marion County jail of old, with a few old “Otis’” serving a few days for public drunkenness. Times have changed, however, as we now have an average jail population of 140 …