A fond farewell from the publisher of the Johnson City Press

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After visiting this region in 2012, I always secretly held the wish that someday I would live here. This place is special. I knew it then and I know it now.

So, late 2016 rolled around and my wish came true. There was this deep-held belief that retirement from the newspaper industry was in my future here. But as Robert Burns wrote, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.” That translates to “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

And they did.

My time at the helm of this ship comes to an end Friday. It admittedly isn’t without some sadness. But blanketing that sadness is a whole lot of real joy and satisfaction.

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