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Good Morning East Tennessee!

It's Friday. The week went by fast. Tthe weekend is here.

In the media business, that doesn't really matter. The news doesn't stop and wait until Monday morning and, in-fact, some of the most intriguing news (local, state, national and worldwide) often happens during the weekend.

While many of you get to take a few days off you can picture the staff at Knoxville Daily Sun running around town, scribbling stories, clicking away on our keyboards, snapping pictures, promoting on the Internet, making contacts, talking to key people on the phone and in person and continuously evolving, coming up with new ideas, experimenting and doing everything we can to give the people of East TN what they really want.

Long hours? I consider it 24/7 and it's more of a lifestyle than a job. I might be jumping out of bed at 3AM to cover a breaking story. At any moment I could be taking off to Nashville or Memphis and spending the next five days covering a high-profile court case. It's not for everyone. It really has to be "who you are." While it's a lifestyle, it is an art and a passion and I truly believe that it's either in your blood or not.

To break a story before anyone; to take the picture that no one has ever taken; to write the words that no one dared to write; to show the side that no one considered and to finally hand you the unbiased, independent truth.

Look out Knoxville - We're just getting warmed up.

Have a great day!

Published January 14, 2011

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