Md. In­de­pen­dent par­ent com­pany ac­quires more news­pa­pers

Maryland Independent - - Business - Twit­ter: @somd_bized­i­tor

Adams Pub­lish­ing Group an­nounced last week that it has ac­quired Jones Me­dia Inc., a fourth-gen­er­a­tion fam­ily-owned me­dia com­pany head­quar­tered in Greeneville, Ten­nessee. APG is the owner of the South­ern Mary­land News­pa­pers: The Calvert Recorder, The En­ter­prise and the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent.

Jones Me­dia has sev­eral daily and non-daily com­mu­nity news­pa­pers, tourism-re­lated prod­ucts and ser­vices and a dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing so­lu­tions agency. The news­pa­pers in­cluded in the sale are 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 News-Her­ald (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.).

The other oper­a­tions in­clude Tour­ing Pub­li­ca­tions based in Se­vierville, Tenn., and serves the Great Smoky Moun­tains re­gion and the south­east­ern United States with a mul­ti­tude of print and dig­i­tal pub­li­ca­tions, travel guides and ser­vices. High Road Dig­i­tal, based in John­son City, Tenn., is a full-ser­vice dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing so­lu­tions firm serv­ing the needs of busi­nesses in Eastern Ten­nessee, South­west­ern Vir­ginia and West­ern North Carolina.

“We’re very ex­cited to wel­come Jones Me­dia to our fam­ily of com­pa­nies,” APG CEO Steve Adams said. “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.”

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.

Adams Pub­lish­ing Group is a fam­ily-owned me­dia com­pany based in Min­neapo­lis, Minn., that pro­duces com­mu­nity news­pa­pers, events, dig­i­tal prod­ucts and spe­cialty mag­a­zines in Min­nesota, Wis­con­sin, Mary­land, Ohio, Michi­gan, Wy­oming and Idaho.

Terms of the deal were not dis­closed.

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