Logan comes to Gibson County from the small town of Stantonville, about 70 miles South of Milan, just off of Highway 64. He graduated from Adamsville High School, then went on to earn a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin.
Logan considered attending law school, but, after losing his taste for being an argumentative butthead, chose instead to attend graduate school at UTM and pursue a career as a high school English teacher.
After realizing there was more to teaching than simply analyzing Shakespeare, Greek mythology and comic books, Logan returned to his hometown and soon found work as a reporter for a local newspaper. As a lifelong writer, Logan quickly found his voice in news despite a lack of training or experience in the field of journalism.
After almost a year in the business, his personal and professional lives collided. Logan’s father, Larry, had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. In a short time, the chemotherapy and frequent trips to Memphis took their toll, leading Logan to choose his duty to his family over his job.
Logan stayed by his father’s side day and night as one of his primary caregivers until the disease overtook him in 2012.
Logan knew that newsprint was in his blood, but job openings were few and far between. After a brief stint with the Weakley County Press in Martin, he worked for a year meticulously folding and shipping your junk mail until he chanced upon a job opening at the Mirror-Exchange.
Logan leapt at the opportunity to return to his calling and stated that he would forever be grateful to the Parkins family for giving him a chance to be a part of something worthwhile.
“I’ve always been passionate about Truth and Justice,” Logan said. “When I first got into this business, I felt like I was one of the few trusted to protect that truth and bring it to the community. I still feel that there is an honor in this profession, even in the face of the bias and partisan politics that have latched onto the news like a parasite. Politicians threaten every day to cheapen and disrepute journalists because they think that truth is subjective; that is only ‘true’ when it benefits them. I still feel that weight when a big story comes across my desk. I have a duty to my readers to give them all of the facts, for good or ill.”
“In the four years since I’ve been in Milan, however, I have found another aspect of my job that I value just as much, if not more so, than defending the Truth. When I started at the Mirror-Exchange, I was tasked with reporting on sports as well as news. High school sports have made me a part of so many lives, and I can honestly say that I’ve never felt more appreciated than when I’m capturing memories that parents and students will cherish for years to come. The Truth is my duty, but parents, it is an honor and a privilege for me to be a part of your lives and the lives of your children. I get to wake up every morning and do something that I’m passionate about and for which I get so much support. The friends and relationships that I’ve made in my time here make this community more like a family every day. I am truly blessed to call Gibson County my home.”