At the dawn of the New Year, we’re excited to announce the major changes that have taken place at the Citizen Statesman—starting with new ownership.
We at the Statesman are delighted to share that Adam Johnson, formerly of Knoxville, Jamestown-based Holler Media, LLC, which also publishes the Fentress Courier, has purchased the newspaper. Johnson will now serve as our new publisher.
Johnson and Allyse Lamon, president and vice-president of Holler Media, live in the Upper Cumberland and are graduates of the University of Tennessee.
Johnson and Lamon will serve as the newest owners in Clay County’s newspaper, continuing to echo the views of their predecessor, James Andrew Mitchell, in that “we exist to serve our communities and record history as we serve as a watchdog in effort to keep our local government and communities honest.”
Mitchell leaves the Statesman after more than 17 years of service to the community.
“After almost 30 years in the industry and over 20 years as an owner, I felt it was time to move on and look toward other endeavors. I miss most the people I worked with over the years and the sense of pride and accomplishment community service gives. Newspapers are a vital part of a community, and it was an honor to serve an area in which I love. I have no immediate plans for the future but will likely somehow continue to be involved in community service,” Mitchell said.
Johnson states that, “Allyse and I are excited to become further involved in life in the Upper Cumberland and in Clay County.”
With the change in ownership, Megan Reagan is now taking the reigns as the editor of the Statesman.
Reagan, 25, of Livingston now at the helm is excited to serve as the editor of the publication.
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