Home is where the family is — finally
by Jack Mcneely
Jun 17, 2012 | 580 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jack Mcneely
Jack Mcneely
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I was reading the Birmingham newspaper the other day when I stumbled on a short news story tucked away on the back page of the B-section. Its headline: “Search for kin of deceased.”

How depressing.

Evidently, 65-year-old Nathaniel Brown, a veteran, passed away of natural causes and was found by a friend inside his Birmingham apartment. Officials at the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office have been unable to locate family.

Google “unclaimed bodies” and you will find out that Mr. Brown is not an isolated case. Each state in the union buries hundreds of unclaimed bodies each year.

But this column is not about sad endings; it is about new beginnings.

Stories like this are what make this week special to me. The McNeely family is finally together here in Jasper, just in time for Father’s Day!

It’s been a long 20 weeks since my arrival here as publisher of your Daily Mountain Eagle. While there have been frequent visits, my beautiful wife, Nora, and lovely daughter, Brandi, are finally here for good.

It has been tough being apart these past four-and-a-half months. But it has given me the time to dig my heels in and become acquainted with the Daily Mountain Eagle and the business community.

I want to take this space to say “Thank You” to the staff here at the Daily Mountain Eagle for its willingness to accept my philosophies while at the same time having the patience to look over my quirks.

Also, the community at large has been very supportive during the transition. I cannot thank the Rotary Club of Jasper and the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County enough for allowing me to serve in their respective endeavors.

I would be remiss not to mention the great folks at Musgrove Country Club for their hospitality. The golf course is great and company is better!

Finally, I can call Jasper home!

Jack McNeely is Publisher of the Daily Mountain Eagle and can be reached by phone at 205-221-2840 or via email at jack.mcneely@mountaineagle.com.