Help us tell uplifting stories

Johnson City Press • Apr 5, 2020 at 9:30 AM

On Saturday, Staff Writer Jonathan Roberts shared with readers a profile of Jonesborough Police Officer Jeff White, an 11-year law enforcement veteran who had this to say about his role in the time of the novel coronavirus:

“My responsibility hasn’t changed — I am continuing my duties as I always have. We all make concessions with the changing situations, but I still interact with the public and will continue to be here for our community.”

In Thursday’s edition, Roberts and Senior Reporter Sue Guinn Legg wrote of two important efforts in this community to cope with the changes people are facing during the pandemic. Roberts’ report was about the Jonesborough Area Ministerial Association’s expansion of its food pantry distribution to assist families in need throughout Jonesborough, Telford and Limestone. Legg, meanwhile, wrote about East Tennessee State University special education faculty members who developed online chat sessions for teachers and parents who suddenly must educate students with severe disabilities — significant autism, cognitive, physical or sensory disabilities or multiple disabilities — at home.

In today’s edition, you’ll find more examples of people who are making a difference in this unprecedented health crisis. Throughout the crisis, our sports team has brought you profiles of local athletes and historical pieces to keep the sports section dynamic and appealing.

Reporting the infection rates, governmental actions and economic implications from COVID-19 is just one aspect of our jobs at the Johnson City Press. It’s also our responsibility to tell stories about creative solutions, extraordinary initiatives and coping mechanisms.

And we are committed to telling the personal stories in this community — not just about those on the front lines of the epidemic but also about people who lead interesting lives. Even in this challenging time, there are people who innovate, challenge, entertain, amuse, fascinate and uplift.

You can help.

If you know people whose stories are worth telling, please let us know. If they are working in any aspect of the COVID-19 effort — first responders, volunteers, restaurant workers, etc. — tell us about them. If they’ve led intriguing lives, do something unique, help others year-round or just have a funny event to share, tell us about them. If there are community efforts to aid others through this crisis, tell us about them.

You can suggest a story by emailing Press Content Director Sam Watson at [email protected] or calling him at 423-722-0549. Be sure to include contact information for both you and the subject of your suggestion.

Our world needs these encouraging stories now more than ever.

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