Farewell, Rhea County!

Herald-News Sports Editor Christopher Hall is pictured above during a home Golden Eagle football game in 2018. After nearly five years at The Herald-News, he is returning to his home state of South Carolina.

Like an overtime thriller, game seven of the finals and your favorite player’s career, all good things must eventually come to an end. And today, my time at The Herald News has hit triple zeroes.

I’ll be brutally honest that I never thought back in 2015 that I would still be here in 2019, but the Lord works in mysterious ways and I’m grateful to have met some great people over the last four years both in and outside of sports.

It has been a life changing experience to have worked in this community the last nearly five years. I’ve covered upwards of 100 city council and school board meetings, countless athletic events and posted thousands upon thousands of photos and tidbits on social media.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my work here the past few years. I’ve done my best to be visible all around the county and hope this community feels the same. It has been a fun ride but I’ve reached my stop and it’s time to move on to the next adventure.

For now, I’m returning back to my home state of South Carolina. Time is one thing you simply can’t get back and it’s my time to get back closer to my family and friends. I’ve desperately missed them and while I’ll miss those who have become family here, there’s just no place like home. I solicit your prayers as I depart Rhea County and specifically for the health of my mother and grandmother and I as I take the next steps in my professional career.

I could go on and on but I want to keep this one short and sweet and I’ll conclude by simply saying thank you. Thanks to all who welcomed me to this community with open arms. Thanks for allowing me to weave through this county covering different games, banquets, fundraiser events and everything in between. The days are long, but the years are short and I’m grateful for my time here in East Tennessee.  

Through the last few years I’ve experienced things beyond my wildest dreams such as covering a Tennessee Vol football game in Neyland Stadium. There’s also that time I climbed my way to the rooftop of the historic Rhea County courthouse for a photo-op. And I can’t lie, it has also been a blast to boast about my Tigers’ two recent college football playoff national championships and brag a little to a few of my favorite Alabama fans: Matt Graham, Mark Pemberton and Scott Gravitt.

I’ve made lifelong friends and will forever be thankful for those that supported me and have always been in my corner. I won’t begin to list all of those names, but you know who you are and just know I appreciate you.

However, I’d be remiss not to give a final  “thank you”  to the late Terry Goins. There’s no way I could have stuck through this without his help covering Rhea County football, basketball and baseball, which allowed me to focus more on just photography for those sports the last three years, while he ran the show from the press box. Thanks, brother.  I miss you already.

I won’t totally disappear and welcome those interested to keep up with me on Twitter (cbhall1992) and always feel free to send me a note via email christopherhallsc.2010@gmail.com. Perhaps you’ll even see my face in a guest column here in The Herald News sometime down the road.

Wishing all the best to the Rhea County community and as we say in Evensville, Go Eagles!