I want to take a moment to personally thank each and every one of you who watch.
I have enjoyed being the General Manager of KAIT for the past two years.
I recently accepted the same position with WMC channel 5 in Memphis and will be serving at WMC starting Monday, so this is my last Better Region 8.
With that in mind, I wanted to leave you with a few quick thoughts.
Region 8 is one of the most special homes I have had in my travels in the television business.
I can say without a doubt you are the nicest people I have had the honor of knowing and serving.
I'm going to miss joining you each week to deliver A Better Region 8, but I will just be across the river.
We will have a new General Manager joining us very soon. His name is Chris Conroy and I worked with Chris for 5 years at WMC.
You will enjoy Chris and I know you will welcome him with open arms -- the same way you did me.
Thank you again for all your feedback, support, help and viewership. You all make this A Better Region 8.
I would like to add my condolences to the people of Trumann and the firefighter family and family of Trumann Fire Chief Rick Winkles.
Winkles died after suffering a massive heart attack while fighting a fire. He was laid to rest this past weekend.
Winkles had been a firefighter for 28 years and the chief since 2003.
He was close to retiring. He was 53 years old.
It was an amazing sight to see firefighters from all over the state lining the roads with their fire trucks to honor their friend and mentor.
I think at a time like this it's so important for us to stop and think about all the many people who serve us on a daily basis.
Firefighters, police officers, sheriff's deputies and the list goes on. Public servants who give so much of themselves to make sure we are safe.
Thank you Chief Winkles for your service. You will be so missed.
Take a moment and say thank you today to a public servant. Thanking a public servant will make this A Better Region 8.