There’s a Kentucky connection to the Sevier County, TN., newspaper, the Mountain Press. It’s headquartered in Sevierville, part of the chain of tourist towns from Sevierville to Pigeon Forge to Gatlinburg.
It’s owned by Paxton Media, based of course in Paducah. And the long-time publisher at The Mountain Press is Jana Thomasson who used to be ad director for the Paducah Sun and a former KPA Board member.
And as publisher of The Mountain Press, Jana has been very involved in the summer conventions KPA has had with Tennessee Press members, all those conventions headquartered in Gatlinburg.
Tuesday morning, after learning about the devastation in the Gatlinburg area, I emailed Jana and some other friends associated with the Tennessee Press Association. While most all of them were far from the devastation, Jana and her newspaper staff were right in the middle of the fire storm.
She did report that one Press staff member lost their home, many other staff members had to evacuate their homes but did not lose them.
“It’s crazy here,” Jana wrote. “Keep praying. Pray for more rain.”