By: E&P Staff
Upon the closing of the sale of The Daily Times, Maryville, Tenn., and its related Web sites to Blount County Publishers LLC on Aug. 29, the new owner announced that Ralph C. Baldwin Jr. has been named interim publisher. Baldwin is chief operating officer of Jones Media.
Blount County Publishers LLC is owned by the Greeneville-based John M. Jones family and is a sister company of Jones Media Inc. Gregg K. Jones is president and CEO of both companies. Owner of 14 community newspapers, including its flagship, The Greeneville Sun, Jones Media has published newspapers in Tennessee since 1916. It also publishes travel guides published in East Tennessee and western North Carolina.
Baldwin succeeds Max Croster, who was expected to retire when the sale closed. Jones and Horvitz Newspapers CEO Peter A. Horvitz announced the pending sale last month (E&P Online, July 1). Cribb, Greene & Associates, the Bozeman, Mont.-based brokerage and appraisal firm, represented the Jones family in the acquisition.
Before being named Jones Media COO two years ago, Baldwin had been publisher of Jones Media’s The Daily Post-Athenian, Athens, Tenn., for 20 years.
Jomes said the publisher’s position in Maryville soon will be permanently filled. “We have been inundated by a number of extremely high-quality people wanting to be considered for the publisher position,” the Daily Times quotes him saying. “We have narrowed the field considerably and expect to have a new publisher named in coming weeks.”
Jones added: “With already having many friends and acquaintances in the community and with his decades of newspaper and community leadership, Ralph was the perfect pick for the position.”