By JOHN B. BRYAN
There is so much to say about the past 6-1/2 years one final column would not be enough to express all of my feelings. First, let me say it has been a great pleasure serving as Publisher of this newspaper. The relationships with my fellow employees are very special to me and I will always cherish them. We have built a true team of co-workers who go the extra mile in producing The Wilson Post each week. That's why it is so hard to leave, and at the same time it is what makes it easier to leave.
I have great confidence in the staff and I know this newspaper will continue to be a great publication. Sam Hatcher challenged me when we started this newspaper back in June of 2003. We took a small weekly newspaper and grew it in to a twice-a-week, community newspaper. We more than doubled the subscriber base, started our own web press operation and now own and operate seven newspaper publications in Middle Tennessee. I will be forever grateful to him and our board of directors for giving me this opportunity.
We have worked together, laughed together, eaten together, stressed-out together and cried together. Some of my fondest memories include working around the clock in producing the first Wilson Post in June 2003. Sam and I probably drank more coffee that day than most drink in a week, but at the end of the day, or the next morning, we finished. It was done and we did it. From there, the rest, as they say, is history. Our focus has always been in making sure we produce a true community newspaper. It is so important in today's market that a true community newspaper remains strong in a community. Our community needs local news, sports, features and editorials. We need local management and local ownership. Our community needs a newspaper that brings a smile as well as a few tears. I hope I have helped provide this kind of newspaper to Lebanon and Wilson County and I now look forward to being a subscriber.
Good luck staff, and may God bless your future. And now, it is time for another challenge.