Tennessee Newspapers

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.

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.

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.