Committees of the Tennessee Press Association

Whatever your area of newspaper expertise, TPA could use you on one of its committees! Committee membership is open to any newspaper or associate member.
The hard work volunteered by the more than 50 committee members makes our association one of the most active on both regional and national levels. Results from the committee actions are immediately evident in every facet of our industry, from successes in the state legislative arena to the development of high school newspapers to the availability of affordable training programs for our members.

Most of TPA’s committee chairs are appointed each July by the new TPA president. If you are interested in volunteering for a committee, please contact the chairman. There are currently eight active committees which are: Advertising, Annual (Summer) Convention, Audit, Circulation, Contests, Government Affairs, Journalism Education & Literacy, Nominating (past presidents only).

TENNESSEE PRESS ASSOCIATION
2015-16 COMMITTEES DESCRIPTION LIST

ADVERTISING COMMITTEE: Leslie Kahana, advertising director of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, is the 2015-16 chairman of the Advertising Committee.
This committee is charged with the planning and execution of the advertising sessions in conjunction with the Summer Convention in the July. In addition, the committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on any projects, problems or ideas relating to the field of newspaper advertising. This committee will work jointly with the Circulation Committee on the Ideas Contest as well as the Summer Convention planning.
Leslie Kahana, Chair, Chattanooga Times Free Press
George Coleman, The Lebanon Democrat
Scarlet Elliott, The Milan Mirror-Exchange
Amy Lutheran, The Daily Times, Maryville
Sissy Smith, Shelbyville Times-Gazette
Artie Wehenkel, The Greeneville Sun
Roger Wells, Herald-Citizen, Cookeville
David Wells, Tennessee Press Service

ANNUAL (SUMMER) CONVENTION COMMITTEE: W. R. (Ron) Fryar is the 2016 chairman of the Annual Convention Committee
This committee is charged with the planning, promotion and execution of the annual summer convention, including securing sponsorships to offset the cost to the general membership. This committee will work with the Advertising and Circulation and Contests Committees to incorporate their plans for their respective portions of the event.
Roster to be announced

AUDIT COMMITTEE: John Finney is the 2015-16 chairman of hte Audit Committee
The Audit Committee meets with the auditors, independent of TPA staff, to review the audit process.
John Finney, Chair, Kennedy Newspapers Inc., Columbia
Tommy Campbell, The Rogersville Review
Joe Hurd, The Courier, Savannah

CIRCULATION COMMITTEE:Don Lovelace, Citizen Tribune/Lakeway Publishers, is the 2015-16 chairman of the Circulation Committee.
The Circulation Committee will monitor and develop information for distribution to TPA members relating to changes and trends in the circulation field. They will develop and execute an annual circulation sessions in conjunction with the Summer Convention in July. This committee will work jointly with the Advertising Committee on the Ideas Contest as well as the Summer Convention planning.
Don Lovelace, Chair, Citizen Tribune, Morristown
Lu Shep Baldwin, Jones Media Inc., Greeneville
Kathy Boswell, The Tullahoma News
Carroll Duckworth, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Dale Long, The Greeneville Sun
Don Lovelace, Citizen Tribune, Morristown
Bryan Sandmeier, The Daily Times, Maryville

CONTESTS COMMITTEE: Terri Likens, Chattanooga Times Free Press, is the 2015-16 chairman of the Contests Committee.
This Committee is charged with overseeing the annual UT-TPA State Press Contests. Included in its activities is the development of rules and categories for presentation to the membership each year. Further, members of this committee serve as the primary resource pool for reciprocal judging assignments with other state press associations. This committee will work with the Annual Convention Committee to incorporate its plans for the awards presentation.
Terri Likens, Chair, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Ann Cason, Grainger Today, Bean Station
Marcus R. Darnell, Macon County Chronicle, Lafayette
Josh Peterson, Manchester Times
Frank "Buzz" Trexler, The Daily Times, Maryville
Ex-officio
Charles Primm, University of Tennessee
Greg Sherrill, Tennessee Press Association
Robyn Gentile, Tennessee Press Association


GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE:
Eric Barnes, The Daily News, Memphis, and Chris Vass, Chattanooga Times Free Press, are the 2015-16 co-chairmen of the Government Affairs Committee.
Beginning in 2015, the committee will coordinate the Winter Convention. Formed in July 2008 by combining the Freedom of Information and Government Relations Committees. Protecting the public’s right to know by resisting any attempts to restrict free access to public records and/or public meetings is of paramount importance. This committee is charged with the responsibility for monitoring and properly reacting to any and all efforts to curtail the free flow of information in Tennessee or on the national level. The committee also should monitor and react to judicial actions, local regulatory actions or any other attempt to restrict information brought to TPA’s attention. Committee also will be deeply involved with the legislative activities that might relate directly to the newspaper industry as a business in Tennessee. The committee will be called on at times to review and work on problems relating to the implementation of existing legislation, i.e., working out solutions to problems with state regulatory departments or other enforcement divisions. The Public Notice Committee was also combined with Government Affairs in 2010. TPA’s junior vice president will co-chair this committee per policy set in Feb. 2012.
Eric Barnes, Co-Chair, The Daily News, Memphis
Chris Vass Co-Chair, Chattanooga Times Free Press
Elizabeth K. Blackstone, Kennedy Newspapers Inc.
Don Bona, Hamilton County Herald, Chattanooga
Jim Charlet, Honorary Member
Mike Fishman, Citizen Tribune, Morristown
Ron Fryar, Cannon Courier, Woodbury
Sara Jane Locke, The Herald-News, Dayton
Jack McElroy, Knoxville News Sentinel
Victor Parkins, The Milan Mirror-Exchange
Lynn J. Richardson, Elizabethton Star
Frank Buzz Trexler, The Daily Times, Maryville
Joel Washburn, The McKenzie Banner
Michael Williams, The Paris Post-Intelligencer
Adam Yeomans, The Associated Press
ex officio:
Richard L. Hollow, Hollow & Hollow LLC, Knoxville
Bo Johnson, JohnsonPoss Government Relations, Nashville
Sam Kennedy, Kennedy Newspapers Inc., Columbia
Greg Sherrill, Tennessee Press Association
Frank Gibson, Tennessee Press Association

JOURNALISM, EDUCATION & LITERACY COMMITTEE: Janet Rail, publisher of The Independent Appeal, Selmer, is the 2014-15 chairman of the Journalism, Education & Literacy Committee.
This committee has a wide range of interests and activities. Comprised of both active newspaper members and representatives of colleges and universities with journalism programs, the committee provides the link for discussion of common problems and establishment of goals.
Janet Rail, Chair, Independent Appeal, Selmer
Leon Alligood, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro
Lu Shep Baldwin, Jones Media Inc., Greeneville
Dwight Brooks, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro
Christen Coulon, Independent Appeal, Selmer
Andrew Dunn, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City
Mike Fishman, Citizen Tribune, Morristown
Dale Gentry, The Standard Banner, Jefferson City
Peter Gross, University of Tennessee
Tom Hrach, The University of Memphis
Bonnie Hufford, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Hugh Jones, Shelbyville Times-Gazette
Robert Nanney, University of Tennessee Martin
Clay Scott, Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin
Michael Williams, The Paris Post-Intelligencer
Keith Wilson, Kingsport Times-News

NOMINATING COMMITTEE: Joel Washburn, The McKenzie Banner, is the 2015-16 chairman of the Nominating Committee.
The Nominating Committee is comprised of past presidents of the Tennessee Press Association who are still actively involved in the newspaper industry in the state. They face the important responsibility of developing and presenting a recommended slate of officers and directors to the membership each year. Much of the success of TPA over the years can be directly attributed to the careful process by which this committee goes about its job. The committee is chaired by the Immediate Past President.
Joel Washburn, Chair, The McKenzie Banner
Jeff Fishman, The Tullahoma News
R. Michael Fishman, Citizen Tribune, Morristown
W.R. (Ron) Fryar, Cannon Courier, Woodbury
Dale Gentry, The Standard Banner, Jefferson City
Gregg K. Jones, Jones Media Inc., Greeneville
John M. Jones Jr., The Greeneville Sun
Sam Kennedy, Kennedy Newspapers, Columbia
Steve Lake, Pulaski Citizen
Victor Parkins, The Milan Mirror-Exchange
Janet Rail, Independent Appeal, Selmer
Lynn Richardson, Elizabethton Star
Pauline D. Sherrer, Crossville Chronicle
Bill Williams, The Paris Post-Intelligencer
Michael Williams, The Paris Post-Intelligencer


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