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Farewell adventures in fatherhood, hello Scott County

Nick Shepherd • Nov 30, 2016 at 8:30 PM

For the last few months, I’ve written a column revolving around parenting and the joys that come with being a father. Starting in December, that is going to change.

I have now moved over to the Scott County beat. I was asked by my editors if I wanted the beat, and I emphatically said yes. I have been waiting patiently for a chance to cover a beat, and now that opportunity is here.

So to better serve the readers from Scott County, I’m moving this column away from all things fatherhood.

The new column will be called “Spotlight on Scott,” and will feature communities, churches, and locally owned businesses and restaurants  throughout the county. The idea came to me as I was driving around the county and handing out business cards to various people. I passed a number of churches along the way and wondered about the history of those churches and the people who have passed through the doors.

Realizing the amount of material needed to keep a monthly column fresh and interesting, I decided to expand my idea to include businesses and restaurants. Adding restaurants came to me when I stopped at a small diner in Nickelsville called Teddy’s Restaurant. I had a pulled pork BBQ sandwich that was out of this world and became curious about how long Teddy's had been in the area.

Hopefully I’ll find out the full story behind Teddy’s one day soon.

It is a little bit of a heartbreaker for me to say goodbye to the parenting column. It was a way to preserve memories about this intense thing called parenting. So when the time comes for me to retire or Emmy grows up and leaves the house, I can reflect back on these days and remember with joy things I might have forgotten about.

And I enjoyed writing about being a father almost as much as I enjoy being a father.

But nothing lasts forever and we must be adaptable and open to new situations. I have found the older I get, the easier it is to say goodbye and try something new.

I hope this new column will be successful and as joyous to write as “Adventures in Fatherhood.” I look forward to serving our readers in Scott County for the foreseeable future.

Anyone who would like to be featured in the column can contact me through email at nshepherd@timesnews.net or call me directly at (423) 392-1383.

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