Whig parent company acquires Tenn. newspapers
— The Cecil Whig’s parent company has expanded its growing portfolio for the second time this month with the purchase of a Tennessee media company on Thursday.
Adams Publishing Group has acquired Jones Media, Inc., a fourth-generation, family-owned media company based in Greeneville, Tenn. Jones Media has several daily and non-daily community newspapers, tourism-related products and services and a digital marketing solutions agency. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We’re very excited to welcome Jones Media to our family of companies,” APG Chairman Stephen Adams said in a statement. “Through generations of stewardship, Jones Media is considered one of the premier newspaper and digital companies in the country. We salute the Jones family and all of the Jones associates for their fine work, and look forward to a prosperous future.”
Jones Media newspapers included in the sale include The Greeneville Sun (Greeneville, Tenn.), The Daily Post-Athenian (Athens, Tenn.), The Daily Times (Maryville, Tenn.), The Newport Plain Talk (Newport, Tenn.), The Rogersville Review (Rogersville, Tenn.), the NewsHerald (Loudon County, Tenn.), The Connection (Tellico Village, Tenn.), The Herald-News (Dayton, Tenn.), the Watauga Democrat (Boone, N.C.), The Mountain Times (Watauga County, N.C.), Ashe Mountain Times (West Jefferson, N.C.), The Avery Journal-Times (Avery County, N.C.) and The Blowing Rocket (Blowing Rock, N.C.).
Also included in the acquisition are two other operations: Touring Publications, based in Sevierville, Tenn., and High Road Digital, based in Johnson City, Tenn. Touring Publications consists of many print and digital publications, travel guides and ser vices and serves the Great Smoky Mountains region and the southeastern United States.
High Road Digital is a full-service digital marketing firm that serves businesses in eastern Tennessee, southwestern Virginia, western North Carolina and elsewhere.
Jones Media President and CEO Gregg Jones said selling the company was not an easy decision for the family but since there was no clear succeeding generation of the family working in the business, they ultimately decided that selling was the best option.
Gregg Jones will continue as president and CEO of Jones Media, a role he has held for more than 15 years, and will succeed his late father, John M. Jones, III, as publisher of The Greeneville Sun.
“Finding the right company to succeed the Jones family was a challenge,” Jones said in a statement. “There are a number of outstanding media companies across America; but, when we met the members of the Adams family, we felt from the beginning that they would be an excellent choice to succeed our family.”
Adams Publishing Group is a familyowned media company based in Minneapolis, Minn., that produces community newspapers, events, digital products and specialty magazines serving communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Maryland, Ohio, Michigan, Wyoming and Idaho.
APG’s publishing operations include 63 community newspapers, 18 shoppers, 20 specialty publications and 81 associated websites.
The Adams family also owns radio stations, outdoor advertising companies and Camping World/Good Sam, a national distributor of recreational vehicles and camping related products and services.
The acquisition of Jones Media comes just three weeks after Adams Publishing Group acquired ECM Publishers Inc., which has 50 individual publications reaching more than 600,000 households across central Minnesota and western Wisconsin.