Therefore, we thought it appropriate for a formal introduction of the newest member of our editorial staff here at the News-Gazette.
We didn't have to look very far for our new general assignment reporter. In fact, we found him right here in Grayson County. The newest member of our reporting team is T.J. Dennison.
T.J. is a native of Grayson County, and grew up on Sinks Road in the Short Creek community.
He graduated from Grayson County High School in 1997.
He attended college at the Pontifical College Josephinum, College of Liberal Arts, which is a small, private school located in the northern suburbs of Columbus, Ohio.
He graduated college with honors in May of 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Philosophy.
"I've always had a passion for writing and literature, and so deciding what to study in college was a pretty easy decision for me," Dennison said.
" I believe we can learn a lot about ourselves, other people, and even life itself in the pages of a good book, in the lines of a poem or in a newspaper story."
T.J. enjoys working with people, writing, and being a part of the community in which he grew up, and that is a big part of why he came back home to work here at the News-Gazette.
"We are excited to have T.J. here, where he can put his writing and editing skills to good use," said Royce Williams, editor of the News-Gazette.
"In the four months he has been here, he has become an invaluable member of our news staff."
"I am very happy to be here where I have the opportunity to work with a great staff every day," Dennison said.
"They have made me feel very welcome and I am grateful for their hospitality, he said.
"I also look forward to serving the people of Grayson County through my work at this paper to the best of my ability."