Eddie has spent 39 years in the broadcast industry, dating back to the late 1970s when he started in radio in western KY. In 1999, Eddie moved to west TN and built a loyal following at WBBJ. For the past few years, he has delivered the Saturday morning forecasts for Good Morning West Tennessee and filled in on occasion when co-workers that were on vacation. Eddie's full-time career is in the ministry, pastoring Northside Baptist Church in Milan, TN.
Eddie and I go back many years, to early in my weather career shortly after he arrived in west TN. We have had many conversations about west TN weather, family, and life in general over that time. I have trusted Eddie enough to bounce some "hair-brained" ideas off of him and I always appreciated his support, sincerity, and true friendship, as well as a deep faith that provided the underlying current for who Eddie is as a person.
In 2009, Eddie asked me if I would be interested in assuming ownership and responsibility for his very popular weather website, JacksonWeather.net, pairing it with MemphisWeather.net to serve all of west TN. He was unable to devote the continuing time and effort that it required, but also knew that it served a large audience in west TN. He wanted to know that the people it served would continue to have a reliable source of weather information. I was honored that he asked me to continue the service and gladly took the reins. The site lives on, largely serving the audience Eddie built.
While Eddie retires from broadcast TV, I have no doubt that his favorite hobby, the weather, will live on through his forecasts via West Tennessee Weather Online. Eddie's dedication and commitment are unfailing. Congratulations, dear friend! I look forward to sitting down with you again soon and talking shop and life and all the best in your "partial" retirement!
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