Tennessee Newspapers

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Dating back to 1869, the Chattanooga Times Free Press is now a daily broadsheet newspaper headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The paper is not only distributed to the metropolitan Chattanooga region of southeastern Tennessee, but to parts of northwestern Georgia as well. Before merging into one paper, the Chattanooga Times Free Press was once two separate papers in competition, the Free Press and the Times. In 1998, Walter E. Hussman Jr. bought the Free Press and a year later, bought the Times, merging them into one. The paper’s first edition was published on January 5, 1999 and was soon recognized as the best paper in Tennessee by the Tennessee Press Association. The Times Free Press is owned by WEHCO Media, Inc. and edited by Alison Gerber.

Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle

The Clarksville Chronicle newspaper started publication in 1808 even though no editions exist earlier than 1811. Later, The Tobacco Leaf appeared because of the area's reputation as a center for tobacco growing and shipping. In the beginning, the newspapers began as four-page journals devoted to political news and advertising. Ultimately they became a full-fledged publications that featured more news and community information, in addition to having opinion pages with political views. In 1890, The Clarksville Chronicle merged with The Tobacco Leaf, creating The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle. In the 1970s, the city's name was dropped because of the increased coverage, shortening the title of the current newspaper to The Leaf-Chronicle. Other newspapers such as The New Herald (an African-American newspaper), The Clarksville-Jeffersonian, and The Clarksville Star competed with The Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, but they no longer exist. The Leaf-Chronicle became part of the Gannett Newspaper Division In December 1995. The offices of The Leaf-Chronicle were severely damaged by a tornado in January 22, 1999, but the paper was still released the following day, after then publisher F. Gene Washer took editors and reporters into his home to gather news and used the Kentucky New Era's printing press in Hopkinsville. The Saturday edition of The Leaf Chronicle was a complete newspaper that featured eight pages of tornado coverage. Within four days, the staff was able to print from the downtown newspaper press, only slightly damaged. The departments worked out of an empty grocery store for eight months, until the main offices were rebuilt and reopened in the fall of 1999.

DeSoto Appeal

The Commercial Appeal is the predominant daily newspaper of Memphis, Tennessee and its surrounding metropolitan area. It is owned by The E. W. Scripps Company, a major North American media company. Scripps also owned the former afternoon paper, the Memphis Press-Scimitar, which it folded in 1983.

Jackson Sun

The Jackson Sun has been part of West Tennessee for over 150 years. The Jackson Sun serves thirteen counties in West Tennessee and has a readership of over 128,000 adults daily. The main office of the Jackson Sun is in downtown Jackson, Tennessee. They have over 200 employees and is a full service newspaper business. In addition to the newspaper, the Jackson Sun also owns a commercial printing company, Sun Printing. The Jackson Sun is part of Gannett. On a local level, The Jackson Sun's strives to be the best and most reliable source for local news and information. Through their daily newspaper as well as a wide variety of non-daily products. Stay up to date with everything happening in West Tennessee by subscribing to the Jackson Sun today.

Knoxville News Sentinel

The Knoxville News Sentinel is a daily newspaper in Knoxville, Tennessee. The paper is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. The newspaper was created in 1926 when there was a merger of two competing newspapers: The Knoxville News and The Knoxville Sentinel. John Trevis Hearn began publishing The Sentinel in December 1886, while The News was started in 1921 by Robert P. Scripps and Roy W. Howard. The two combined in 1926, with the first edition of The Knoxville News-Sentinel releasing on the 21st of November 1926. In 1986, the News-Sentinel became a morning paper, with the other paper in Knoxville, the Knoxville Journal, becoming an evening paper. In 2002, the paper dropped the hyphen from its name to become the Knoxville News Sentinel. Publisher of the Knoxville News Sentinel is Patrick J. Birmingham and edited by Jack McElroy . Headquarters are found in Knoxville at 2332 News Sentinel Drive. The News Sentinel circulates an average of 119,172 daily and 150, 147 on Sundays.

Maryville Daily Times

Maryville is a city in and the county seat of Blount County, Tennessee, in the Southeastern United States. The city is located 20 miles south of Knoxville. Maryville's population was 23,120 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Knoxville Metropolitan Area. Maryville College is located in the city. The Daily Times is the newspaper.

Memphis Commercial Appeal

The paper's unusual name comes from a 19th century merger between two predecessors, the Memphis Commercial and the Appeal. The Appeal had an interesting history during the American Civil War. On June 6, 1862, the presses and plates were loaded into a boxcar and moved to Grenada, Mississippi. The Appeal later journeyed to Jackson, Mississippi, Meridian, Mississippi, Atlanta, Georgia, and finally Montgomery, Alabama, where the plates were destroyed on April 6, 1865, only days before the Confederate surrender, halting publication temporarily of what had been one of the major papers serving the Southern cause. The press was hidden and saved, and publication resumed in Memphis, using it, on November 5, 1865. Another early paper, The Avalanche, was incorporated later in the 19th century. The paper is properly The Commercial Appeal and not the Memphis Commercial Appeal as it is often called, although the predecessor Appeal was formally the Memphis Daily Appeal.

Murfreesboro Daily News Journal

Published in Murfreesboro, The Murfreesboro Daily News Journal serves as the primary local newspaper, with competition from The Murfreesboro Post and other publications. This newspaper serves Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Rutherford County, and surrounding communities. The newspaper is not in competition with The Tennessean of Nashville, as both are owned by Gannett Company. The Murfreesboro Daily News Journal is generally abbreviated as DNJ and dates back 1849 and the founding of Murfreesboro News. This paper eventually merged with several competitors, and in 1931, the daily Home Journal and Murfreesboro News-Banner joined to form The Daily News Journal. DNJ currently publishes daily local papers, and also prints two weekly editions titled Smyrna A.M. and Rutherford A.M.

Nashville Tennessean

The Nashville Tennessean changed its name in 1970 to The Tennessean and is the principal daily newspaper in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Its circulation area covers thirty-nine counties in Middle Tennessee and eight counties in southern Kentucky. The Tennessean was nominated in 2011 for a Pulitzer Prize in breaking news for its coverage of "the most devastating flood in Middle Tennessee history." As of November 2, 2005, the paper reported daily circulation of over 175,000, Saturday circulation of almost 200,000 and Sunday circulation of over 250,000. The Nashville Tennessean is owned by the Gannett Corporation, which also owns several smaller community newspapers in Middle Tennessee, including The Dickson Herald, the Gallatin News-Examiner, the Hendersonville Star-News, the Fairview Observer, and the Ashland City Times. Its circulation area overlaps those of the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle and The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, two other independent Gannett papers.