Journalism matters. Communities matter. People matter.


Oct. 7 through 13 is National Newspaper Week. This year’s theme is “Journalism matters. Now More than Ever.”

I’m obsessed with newspapers. Always have been. I’ve loved reading the stories of people, places, and things as long as I can remember. Today, with the world now at our fingertips, I get to read newspapers from all over the world. And I’m not talking about the big national newspapers. I’m talking about small, community newspapers. The newspapers that 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 126 years, that’s what we’ve strived to do here at The Blount Countian. 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 take a lot of pride in what we do. We want to keep you informed of what your local government is doing. We want to make sure you understand and know where your tax dollars are going.

But it’s more than that. Blount County is made up of many unique individuals, and each of those individuals has a story. Blount County has a rich history, many locally-owned businesses, and many places to visit. We want to share all of that with you. Each of us here at The Blount Countian is proud of this place that we call home and we want to show you all of the people, places, and things that make Blount County the amazing place that it is.

We are committed to the neighborhoods, cities, and people that we serve through straightforward reporting, thought-provoking commentary, and the stories of our people.

I am proud to work alongside the best staff ever who share this commitment, passion, and vision. Jenna, Melanie, Cheryl, Roger, Jim, Ron, Ginger, Jessica, Joey, and Rickey are the absolute best! 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.

This week is set aside to celebrate not only newspapers across the country, but also the people behind them. It’s National Newspaper Week and what an incredible honor and privilege it is to be a part of such an amazing network of individuals.