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COLUMN: Thanks for a great experience in a foreign town

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By Metz Camfield

I am not a Kentuckian.

I hail from little Crozet, Va., just outside of Charlottesville, Va., at the foot of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

I came to Kentucky to get a journalism degree at the University of Kentucky and have enjoyed the experience along the way. After being awarded the opportunity to intern here at The Anderson News I was really excited, but also quite nervous.

After all, I was going to be spending my first summer away from my home in Virginia, I was going to be working in a foreign town, and I didn’t want to mess anything up.

Through this 10-week journey, I feel as close to being a member of a new community as I ever have.

Anderson County is a wonderful community and is filled with people many other communities would love to have. That’s the honest to goodness truth.

From the first day I set foot in Lawrenceburg, to today, my send off, I have felt welcomed and accepted. My accent, which to this day I will deny having one, is questioned within the first two minutes of just about any conversation, but after hearing I’m from far away, the reaction is an immediate how-can-I-help-you-out mentality.

Throughout this summer I covered Anderson County Little League baseball. It was a blast. I couldn’t have done any of it, though, if it weren’t for the help of league president Bart Lewis and all the coaches and managers from each of the teams.

I can’t tell you all how many e-mails and phone calls I sent out to Bart and everyone else, but they always got back to me and provided me with the information I needed. To all of you, thank you very much.

To everyone who works at The Anderson News, thank you, too. You all have been so nice to me and have helped me out and taught me things when I didn’t know what was going on and have truly been a pleasure to work with. Your patience with me was much appreciated.

I would like to give a special thanks to Shannon Brock. She was my boss through this internship and I couldn’t have asked for a better one. Not only was Shannon a very good boss and someone I could always go to with a question, she was also a great friend. Thank you Shannon for helping me out not only with the questions relating to The Anderson News, but also journalism in general, UK and life.

And thank you to everybody who makes up this community. Whether it was Little League coverage, working in the newsroom, or out in the field on an assignment, everybody seemed to stop what they were doing to give me their undivided attention so I could get the story done.

My hometown and roots are very important to me and I am from the upbringing that they are, in part at least, what makes you into the person you will later become in life. With the community and people here in Anderson County, the future is very bright and this is a place everyone should be proud to hail from.

While I’m not a Kentuckian, and will always speak of my home with pride and reverence, I can say Lawrenceburg and Anderson County certainly feels like my home away from home.

Thank you.

E-mail Metz Camfield at mcamfield@theandersonnews.com.