By: Lucia Moses
When most of their children settled on non-newspaper careers, the owners of the Carl A. Jones Newspapers knew they wouldn’t be able to keep the company in the family forever. They found the next-best thing in Sandusky Newspapers Inc., another family-owned company with roots in northeastern Tennessee.
Sandusky shares his family’s values of community involvement and strong local-news coverage, said John A. Jones, who, with his three siblings, agreed to sell the 29,961-daily-circulation Johnson City Press and seven smaller Tennessee papers to the Ohio-based company. The buyers are “not as driven by market returns as a corporation would be, and I believe they’ll be as close to their employees as we are.”
The Jones group, named for its founder, will complement Sandusky’s Kingsport (Tenn.) Times-News, which it acquired in 1962, said Sandusky Chairman and President David Rau.