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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Woody's Woodlot: Taking on the tree rats

Actually living in the woods has always been a dream of mine (I know, think of the times you’ve dreamed of it too!).
Now that I have spent the last two months out in the wild, I must admit after living at such a lightning pace compared to my current one, it feels great to downshift and enjoy the scenery. After having endured for almost a decade the responsibility, which proved to be much greater than I could have ever imagined, of trying to keep citizens informed, and on deadline, this recent and quite rare opportunity to enter a much different “rat race” honestly offered a much needed and welcomed relief.
At first, covering the news by taking a few photos (and attempting to write legible stories) was exciting and challenging. Through the years the feedback from my community was motivating, often inspiring and rewarding, but the time had come for a change. Brooks warned me from the beginning that many local newspaper reporters, especially in a small town, often get to a similar breaking/decision-making point due to the weight of the quite honorable and large responsibility of bringing news to the public.

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