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Michael Williams, fourth generation publisher, is TPA's new president

David Wells is new advertising director (4/9/12)

Tutt S. Bradford, former publisher of The Daily Times, dies

The Fulton Leader as TPA's newest member newspaper

TPA welcomes three new associate members


Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame inducts J. Zollie Howard and Richard F. Knight

TPA hires Frank Gibson as public policy director

Ercie McNeil, widow of longtime TPA secretary-manager, dies at age 93

Max Crotser, retired Daily Times publisher, dies at 71

Frank Robinson, owner of the Elizabethton Star and former publisher, dies

Jim Maxwell is new Bristol Herald Courier publisher (1/15/11)



Williams, fourth generation publisher, is TPA's new president
Michael Williams, editor and publisher of The Paris Post-Intelligencer, is the new president of the Tennessee Press Association (TPA). link to high-res photo of Michael Williams

Michael B. WilliamsTPA is the trade association of the state’s daily and non-daily newspapers. It is composed of 26 daily newspapers and 96 non-daily newspapers.

Williams succeeds Jeffrey D. Fishman, publisher of The Tullahoma News.

"I'm humbled to be following in my father's and grandfather's footsteps," Michael Williams said. "And to be chosen as a leader by your peers is a great honor."

"This is a particularly proud moment for our family," said Bill Williams, Michael’s father and a past TPA president. "The presidency of TPA is a position with serious responsibilities. The president at times is seen to speak for all the newspapers across the state on press issues, and the president is looked to for leadership in Association affairs."

Michael Williams is the fourth generation of his family to serve as P-I editor and publisher; his great-grandfather, W. Percy Williams, bought The P-I in 1927 and converted it to a daily in less than five years, during the midst of the Great Depression.

The installation of Michael Williams as TPA president marks the first time three generations of a family have led TPA as president. Michael’s father, Bill Williams was president in 1982. Bill's father, the late W. Bryant Williams, was president in 1970.


Wells is new TPS advertising director
Tennessee Press Service is excited to welcome David S. Wells as our new director of advertising. David joined the staff on April 9 and has been busy learning about our three organizations and the member newspapers we serve.

Wells will oversee the display advertising (ROP) department, which provides a one-stop shop where agencies and direct customers can handle an ad placement of any size with just one contact.

Wells comes to us with broad newspaper, media, and agency experience. He brings a new understanding of the vital mix of print, online, and non-traditional media needed to build a campaign that can deliver results.


Tutt S. Bradford, former publisher of The Daily Times, dies
Mr. Tutt Bradford, former owner and publisher of The Daily Times, Maryville, died on Friday, March 23. Mr. Bradford was 94. Mr. Bradford became the fifth owner of The Daily Times in November 1955 and served as publisher until 1984. He served as TPA president from June 1974 until June 1975.


Board approves The Fulton Leader as TPA's newest member newspaper
The Fulton Leader, Fulton, Ky. was accepted as a member of the Tennessee Press Association on Feb. 8. The newspaper is owned by Magic Valley Publishing Co. Inc. It serves Fulton, Ky. and South Fulton, Tenn., which is located in Obion County.

The Fulton Leader
Paid Circulation 1,406
Established: 1898
P.O. Box 1200
304 East State Line Road
Fulton, KY 42041-1200
(270) 472-1122
Publisher: Dennis Richardson
Editor: Stephanie Veatch
Advertising Manager: Benita Gammon

TPA welcomes three new associate members
The TPA Board of Directors approved Capitol Newswatch, Liberty Mutual and TNReport.com as associate members at is meeting on Feb. 8.

Capitol Newswatch, LLC
Amelia Morrison Hipps, Executive Editor/CEO
press release
Phone: 615-442-8667
Toll-free: 1-888-417-8567
Cell: 912-481-2936
1260 Trousdale Ferry Pike
Lebanon, TN 37087
Capitol Newswatch is represented by Amelia Hipps and Jim Hipps. Amelia Hipps was managing editor of The Lebanon Democrat.

Liberty Mutual Insurance
Stephen Dorris
Phone: 615-822-7196
100 Bluegrass Commons Blvd.
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Liberty Mutual is represented by Stephen Dorris. Previously, Dorris was regional manager for Publishing Group of America and owner of the Mt. Juliet News.

TNReport.com News Service
Mark Engler, Editor
press release
Phone: 615-489-7006
P.O. Box 119
Buffalo Valley, TN, 38547
TNReport.com News Service is represented by Mark Engler. Engler is a journalist with experience in newspapers in the Pacific Northwest.



Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame inducts J. Zollie Howard and Richard F. Knight

Two newspapermen were posthumously inducted into the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame on Nov. 4, 2011.

J. Zollie Howard had a 46-year career as a Tennessee journalist. He began work in newspapers as a printer’s devil and worked in the roles of reporter, Sunday editor, city editor and news editor for the News Sentinel, Knoxville. Later he worked for the Memphis Press Scimitar as managing editor, associate editor and editorial page editor.

•Richard F. Knight owned and published the Livingston Enterprise and Jackson County Sentinel, Gainesboro.  He was active in TPA for more than 40 years and was a long-serving member of the Tennessee Press Service Board of Directors.

Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame

TPA hires Gibson as public policy director
Frank Gibson, former executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government (TCOG), has been hired to fill the newly created position of TPA public policy director.

Gibson is no stranger to TPA and its membership. While at The Tennessean, Gibson chaired TPA’s Freedom of Information Committee from 1994-2005 and continued to serve as a coordinator for the Government Affairs Committee.

The public policy director’s position is the product of the work of the TPA Futures Committee. A recommendation was made to the Board of Directors in June that TPA’s public policy efforts be year-around with a full time person to head up the effort.

Gibson is a veteran Nashville Journalist. He retired from the Tennessean in 2005, after a 40-year career as a reporter and editor, to become the TCOG executive director.

He is a former president of the national Society of Professional Journalists and a former president of the National Freedom of Information Coalition.

Gibson is a native of Gleason, Tenn. He wrote for The McKenzie Banner and the Dresden Enterprise while in High School. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Gibson and his wife, Kathy, a litigation paralegal, reside in Nashville.


Ercie McNeil, widow of longtime TPA secretary-manager, dies at age 93
Mrs. McNeil was married to the late Glenn E. McNeil, a long-serving secretary-manager of TPA. Mr. McNeil served TPA for 32 years from 1947 to 1979. Their son, the late Don McNeil, was also a TPA secretary-manager.
MCNEIL, ERCIE MCCARTER - age 93 of Fountain City, a beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother passed away Saturday Sept. 3, 2011 at Mercy Residential Hospice in Halls. She was born in the Glades Gatlinburg, TN and moved to Knoxville in early childhood. She was a longtime member of Central Baptist Church of Fountain City and was preceded in death by husband: Glenn E. McNeil; son: Don McNeil; sisters: Meda Sentell, Mildred Bowman and Evelyn Peavler; brother: Hubert McCarter. She is survived by daughter & son-in-law: Glenda & Dick McMillan, daughter: Joy McNeil; daughter-in-law: Heidi McNeil; special family member: Jackie Fleming; grandchildren & spouses: Jan & Jim Newman, Terri McNeil, Chuck & Kelly McNeil, Kimberley McNeil, Debbie & Jim Kahler, David & Lisa McMillan, Darin & Missy McMillan, John & Staci Woodard, Jackie Denton. 16 great grandchildren & 4 great great grandchildren; sister-in-law & brothers-in-law: Betty & Daryl Clark, Hutch Hutcheson and several nieces and nephews. The family request in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to Mercy Residential Hospice 7447 Andersonville Pike Knoxville, TN 37938 or to Central Baptist Church of Fountain City 5364 N. Broadway Knoxville, TN 37918.


Crotser, retired Daily Times publisher, dies at 71

Former Daily Times Publisher Freddie “Max” Crotser, who served from February 1994 until his retirement in August 2010, died Monday, March 21, 2011, at the family home in Maryville after battling cancer for several months. He was 71.

“This is a very sad day for all of us who knew and loved Max,” said Peter Horvitz, who was owner of The Daily Times during Crotser’s tenure. "He loved The Daily Times, every one of its employees and the citizens of Blount County. I had the pleasure of working very closely with Max for over 15 years and he was a wonderful newspaper publisher and a great man.”

link to story at www.thedailytimes.com


Frank Robinson, owner of the Elizabethton Star and former publisher, dies
B. Frank Robinson, owner and former publisher of the Elizabethton STAR, died, March 7, at his home after a lingering illness. Robinson, 85, suffered from congestive heart failure and had been critical for three weeks.

He had enjoyed a long, successful career in newspaper and printing. As publisher of the STAR, Robinson proved to be one of the town's boldest and most progressive leaders.

Obituary at www.starhq.com


Jim Maxwell takes helm at Bristol Herald Courier
By TriCities Staff

Jim Maxwell, who has led newspaper operations in several states, starts Monday as regional publisher of the Bristol Herald Courier and Media General’s Southwest Virginia newspapers.

Maxwell, 54, has extensive experience as a publisher for several companies with operations in Pennsylvania, New York, Oregon and New Mexico. link to story at www.tricities.com



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