‘Goose’ Lindsay joins MCN staff

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By Michelle Hollenhead

A Morgan County native will be taking over the Morgan County News, starting this week.
John “Goose” Lindsay of Oakdale will serve as interim editor for the paper following the departure of former editor Michelle Hollenhead, who left last week to work for a newspaper closer to her Knoxville home.
As a third generation Morgan Countian, Lindsay has deep roots in the community. He is a 1988 Oakdale School graduate, is well-known as an award-winning writer and photographer, having worked for the Roane County News in Kingston for more than 15 years.
His numerous awards include those for sports/feature writing, and sports/feature photography from the Morgan and Roane County News’ parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. (LCNI), and the Tennessee Press Association (TPA).
He plans to bring his extensive experience and love for Morgan County together in his new role.
“Morgan County is my home and I love it here,” he said. “Being from Oakdale, I understand what it means to be from a small town, and I understand how much pride the citizens of Morgan County take in their families and communities.
“Other counties may be bigger, but in my book none are better than Morgan County.”
Goose has been married to Dee Ann Lindsay for 26 years.
Their son, Michael, graduated from Oakdale in 2013, and has followed in his father’s footsteps as an award-winning photographer, too.
Goose said he is looking forward to helping maintain the newspaper’s more than 100-year-old tradition of community information and service.
“My goal is to give people what they want, which I believe is to have the best news, sports, schools and community event coverage possible,” he said.
“I do ask for the community’s help while I am here. Remember this is your paper and we at Morgan County News need your help.
“If you have a story idea or know of something going on in your neck of the woods don’t be afraid to give us a call.
“You can reach me directly at 346-6225.”