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Over the summer, TPA members were asked to submit columns to be included in a book about haunted places in Tennessee. The book is now available and we hope you'll help us get the word out about it.

Ghostly Places in Tennessee: A Collection of Chilling Stories About Haunted Places is now on sale at Amazon.com and at member newspapers throughout the state.

The book is filled with 26 stories, straight out of the pages of Tennessee newspapers, about haunted places throughout the state.

You can help in several ways:

1. Include a story about the release of Ghostly Places. A press release is available. Copies of the book cover can also be found in the dropbox

2. Run a house ad in your newspaper. Several versions (2 and 3 column ads, CMYK and B&W)

3. Order copies of the book to sell by your newspaper. Order 10 or more copies at $8.00 each (including shipping) and resell them at the $15.95 cover price. We'll just bill you for the books you order.

To order copies of the book to resell (minimum quantity 10), please contact Kevin Slimp and we'll have some shipped to you. Just let us know how many you would like and send your street address for shipping. It takes approximately two weeks from the time we receive your order.

This is a good way to help our organization, and maybe make a little profit at the same time. Feel free to send Kevin a message with any questions. Whichever way you decide to help us get the word out, thank you.

Kevin Slimp
Editor, Ghostly Places


TPA Board of Directors Meeting set for Nov. 9
TPA President Eric Barnes has called a Fall meeting of the TPA Board of Directors for Thursday, Nov. 9 at the John Seigenthaler Center on the Vanderbilt Campus in Nashville. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. Any TPA member may observe the meeting.
If you plan to attend, please contact Robyn Gentile at (865) 584-5761, ext. 105 or rgentile@tnpress.com to arrange parking.


2017-18 Committee Chairs named
committee members sought

TPA President Eric Barnes has named chairmen for the following TPA Committees. The committees denoted with an asterisk are seeking members. If you would like to join a committee, please contact the chairman listed or send a note to rgentile@tnpress.com. Any staff member of a TPA member newspaper may participate on a committee and associate members may do so as well.

Advertising*—Leslie Kahana, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Audit—John Finney, Buffalo River Review, Linden (appointed by the president/board)
Contests*—Frank "Buzz" Trexler, The Daily Times, Maryville
Government Affairs*—Co-chairmen: Chris Vass, Chattanooga Times Free Press and Jack McElroy, Knoxville News Sentinel
Membership—Keith Ponder, The Daily Herald, Columbia (appointed by the president)
Nominating—W.R. (Ron) Fryar, Cannon Courier (only past presidents may serve)


TPA to host forum for 2018 gubernatorial candidates
Forum kicks off election year coverage focused on voter education and increased election turnout in all 95 Tennessee counties

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Oct 19, 2017) - The Tennessee Press Association will host a forum with the announced candidates for Governor of Tennessee at the Nashville Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. The forum will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

The forum is part of the TPA’s annual Winter Convention held Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2018.

The gubernatorial forum kicks off an intense cycle of election coverage by the 125 members of the state newspaper association, who are committed to helping educate readers about the candidates, races and issues, said Chris Vass, public editor of the Times Free Press in Chattanooga and vice president of the press association.

“Election years are always important ones for our newspapers, as readers want and need in-depth coverage of the many races and candidates they will see on their ballots,” Vass said. “The 2018 elections will be particularly important with Gov. Bill Haslam not eligible for re-election, the retirement of Sen. Bob Corker, and the enhanced importance of mid-term Congressional elections.”

The College of Communication & Information at The University of Tennessee will live stream the forum through the TPA member newspaper websites so that readers throughout the state will be able to meet the candidates as their campaigns gear up for the primary elections on August 2, 2018.

The TPA has received commitments from Democrats Karl Dean, former Mayor of Nashville, and Rep. Craig Fitzhugh, D- Ripley, Tennessee House Minority Leader.

The TPA has received commitments from Republicans Mae Beavers, former state senator, Randy Boyd, former Commissioner of Economic and Community Development under Haslam, Rep. Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, Speaker of the House, and businessman Bill Lee. Republican candidates Rep. Diane Black, and Kay White had not confirmed as of October 18.

The TPA has welcomed co-sponsors to the event who are non-partisan and committed to voter education and participation. Initial co-sponsors are Nashville Public Library, The Beacon Center of Tennessee, The League of Women Voters of Tennessee and ThinkTennessee.


Two inducted into Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame







Two Tennessee newspaper professionals were posthumously inducted into the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame on Friday, July 21, 2017. Bob Parkins was the owner, publisher and editor of The Milan Mirror-Exchange and W. Bryant Williams was the editor and publisher of The Paris Post-Intelligencer.

Bob Parkins became the 56th honoree and Bryant Williams the 57th.

2017 Hall of Fame brochure with complete biographies. Video of Bob Parkins' biographical information. Video of Bryant Williams' biographical information.

The Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame was established in 1966 as a joint project of the Tennessee Press Association and the University of Tennessee. The Hall of Fame honors those who have made an outstanding contribution to Tennessee newspaper journalism or, through Tennessee journalism, to newspaper journalism generally, or who have made an extraordinary contribution to their communities and region, or the state, through newspaper journalism. Since 1966, 57 individuals have been honored. about the Hall of Fame


Tennessee State Press Contests Winners 2017

Photo credit: Donn Jones, Donn Jones Photography
First place winners in the 2017 Tennessee State Press Contests pose after the Awards Banquet on Thursday, July 20 in Franklin, Tennessee.

Master list of winners
Excel file with winners, captions, credits, comments
Contests Press Release 2017

link to photos of winners from the banquet (photo credit to: Donn Jones, Donn Jones Photography)
First place winner photos were taken with Dr. David Golden, Executive Assistant to the President, University of Tennessee


TPA Advertising & Circulation 2017 Ideas Contest Winners announced

List of 2017 Ideas Contest winners

The Tennessee Press Association Ideas Contest is an annual competition for advertising and circulation departments. The awards were presented during the TPA Summer Convention on Friday, July 21 in Franklin, Tennessee.

2017 Best of Show winner:
Pulaski Citizen for "It's That Time Again"









Daniels assumes new role as TPS executive vice president
“I’m very pleased to announce that Carol Goss-Daniels has been hired as the new executive vice president of the Tennessee Press Service (TPS),” said Dave Gould, president of TPS.

“In her new role, Carol will lobby on behalf of our newspapers, lead the TPS ad sales efforts and oversee the staff.”

The Tennessee Press Association has contracted with TPS for TPS to provide government relations services, lobbying, management and oversight on behalf of the Association. Daniels will fill these roles.

Daniels has a strong background in newspapers, serving most recently as general manager of the Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle. Board members were impressed with Daniels’ experience, ideas and enthusiasm.

“Newspapers continue to play a vital role in their communities, as government watchdogs, community builders and sustainers, and touchstones that help readers and their families stay connected to what is important to them and to the places they live,” Daniels said. "I am excited to work with the 125 newspaper members of the Tennessee Press Association and Tennessee Press Service to fulfill their mission and make their businesses stronger.”

She officially began in her new position on July 24 and can be reached at (865) 584-5761, ext. 112



Public notice ads available

Ads promoting the value of public notice are available for all U.S. newspapers from the News Media Alliance. Visit their site to download the ads.






Keys to Open Government Guide available

Keys to Open Government

Keys to Open Government” a long-awaited 52-page guide to Tennessee’s open records and open meetings laws, was released in February 2015. (Download a copy of the PDF)

Written by Frank Gibson, TPA Public Policy Director, and edited by colleague Deborah Fisher at the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, “Keys” is a guide we hope will help journalists and citizens use “the law.” The guide was made possible with a grant from the Tennessee Press Association Foundation.


Newspapers must comply with Public Notice Law
Notices must be posted on newspaper's website AND www.tnpublicnotice.com

 Details at tnpress.com/publicnoticelaw.html

Have a job opening?
Post your open positions and search for resumes in TPA's employment area at http://www.tnpress.com/employment.html.
Only authorized personnel from member newspapers can post jobs or review résumés. First time users will need to register with a user name and password. Once you complete your online registration, please contact Robyn Gentile, member services manager, for access—(865) 584-5761, ext. 105 or via e-mail.




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