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Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame to posthumously induct four on July 21 in Franklin

Four newspapermen have been selected for posthumous induction into the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame.   They are:

Joseph P. Albrecht, a former Cookeville publisher, newspaper owner, former TPA president and TPA Foundation president.

Sam D. Kennedy, former Columbia publisher, newspaper owner and former TPA president.   He was a long serving chair of the TPA Government Affairs Committee.

William H. (Bill) Millsaps, Jr., was a native Tennessean who began his career in Tennessee and retired as vice president and executive editor of the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch.

William C. (Bill) Simonton, Jr., a former editor of The Covington Leader, a former TPA president and a former Tennessee Press Service president.

The induction ceremony is being planned as a dinner on Friday, July 21, 2023, in Franklin, Tenn. It will be held in conjunction with the TPA State Press Contests Awards Luncheon (Newsroom awards) at the Embassy Suites Cool Springs Hotel.

The schedule for the day is:

Noon:  State Press Awards Luncheon

2:30 p.m. Roundtable discussions for editors and publishers

5:00 p.m. Hall of Fame Reception

6:00 p.m.  Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame Induction Banquet

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 outstanding contributions to Tennessee newspaper journalism or, through Tennessee journalism, to newspaper journalism generally or who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities and regions or the state through newspaper journalism.

The program recognizes and memorializes “extraordinary and clearly outstanding” contributions to newspaper journalism and the newspaper industry. The program’s criteria and procedures were established in 1966, based on policies set jointly by the Tennessee Press Association and the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees. The Hall of Fame is located on the third floor of the Communications Building at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Portraits of all Hall of Fame inductees are displayed there.

The TPA Foundation maintains a website about the Hall of Fame with photos and inductee biographies.

The inductions will bring the total number of inductees to 64. Watch your mail and for details on how to register to attend the induction ceremony or contact TPA at (865) 584-5761, ext. 105 or

Register online. Download the PDF registration form.

Hotel reservations may be made Please identify yourself as an attendee of TPA’s event and request the event rate of $169. Reservations: (800) 371-8318  Group code: TNP Hotel reservations deadline: Monday, June 19.