, Corbin, KY

July 7, 2014

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu

To the Poynt

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — I never have been very good at saying goodbye — family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, community — for years you’ve had my back and in turn, I believe I’ve had yours.

But, how can one pass up the opportunity to grow, both personally and professionally?

I am a firm believer that there is always something new and exciting out there for anyone who’s willing to take a leap of faith, even at my age — don’t ask. After 15 wonderful years in this up-and-coming city of Corbin, I’ve been offered the chance to move up and spread my professional horizons, albeit in a new town.

On July 14, I will be taking the reins as the new editor of the Barbourville Advocate. I’m ready. I’m excited. And I hope all the wonderful friends I’ve made throughout the Tri-County will be excited for me.

The Times-Tribune and the city of Corbin have been good to me — and good for me. I’ve heard it said there’s no better way to learn than OJT (on the job training), and I believe that’s true, as everything I’ve learned here has been an on-the-cuff and learn-as-you-go education. And I’ve certainly learned a lot, enough it seems to elevate me to the next level of my career.

As the Community/Features Editor here at the Times-Tribune, I’ve made hundreds of friends over the past 10 years. My only regret is that I’ve never met or even seen a quarter of you. I know your voices. I understand the importance of our numerous conversations. But I doubt we would recognized one another if we met on the street. Who knows? Perhaps in my new job, maybe I’ll get that chance.

For now, I hold back a tear every time I perform one of my many duties for the last time, or every time I have a conversation with one of my co-workers that I realize I’ll never have again.

Wow. I just had an epiphany.

Up until now, I never really paid attention to just how seamlessly we, as a cohesive team here, collaborated on so many projects over the years. Everything just happened so naturally. I pray I can keep this momentum going in my new job.

For now, I’ll say thank you to my co-workers and friends for supporting me in this new and exciting adventure and wish you all the very best life — and career — has to offer.

As for those concerned about who’ll take my place here at work, no worries. I am confident the Times-Tribune will quickly fill my shoes, and will do so without missing a single step. Shouldn’t be too hard. I’m only a size 7 1⁄2.

Until we meet again.


Bobbie Poynter can be reached at