“America Needs Journalists”

That’s the theme of this year’s National Newspaper Week. For 80 years the first week of October has been set aside as a time to recognize the service of newspapers and their employees. Newspapers take you inside the heart and soul of the communities they serve. Newspapers across the nation continue to be the leading source of reliable information in all the communities they serve.

For 128 years, Blount County has been blessed with many talented men and women who have poured their hearts into the craft they love. This newspaper, just like small community newspapers across the nation, is the eyes, ears, and voice of the people. It’s a huge responsibility, and it’s one that we take very seriously. We want to keep you informed by reporting the good, bad, interesting, and unusual.

We take a lot of pride in what we do. We recognize that Blount County is made up of many unique individuals who each have a story to tell, and we want to share all that is good here because this is our home, too. We are committed to the neighborhoods, cities, and people that we serve.

This week is set aside to celebrate not only newspapers, but most importantly, the people behind them. What an incredible honor and privilege it is to be a part of this most amazing Blount Countian family — Jenna, Melanie, Cheryl, Roger, Lea, April, and Wayne. They are the absolute best, and just like you, they call Blount County home. It’s where their roots are and where their hearts are. They work countless hours to serve the people they call friends and neighbors.

It is our privilege and our duty to provide you with unbiased reporting on the issues that directly impact you and our community. America does need journalists and Blount County does, too.