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The Kingsport Times News is a daily broadsheet newspaper published in Kingsport, Tennessee and distributed in six counties in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.

Kingsport Times News
Kingsport Times News Logo.svg
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Sandusky Newspapers, Inc.
PublisherRick Thomason
FoundedTimes: 1916
Times News: 1943
Headquarters701 Lynn Garden Drive
Kingsport, Tennessee 37660
 United States

The Times News is published by the Kingsport Publishing Company, which is owned by Sandusky Newspapers, Inc. of Sandusky, Ohio. Sandusky Newspapers, Inc. owns five other dailies and three weekly newspapers.

The Kingsport Times News and its sister publications, the Johnson City Press, the Jonesborough Herald and Tribune, the Erwin Record, and the Mountain City Tomahawk make up the Northeast Tennessee Media Group.

The production facility for all Northeast Tennessee Media Group products is located at the Times News.

The Kingsport Times News has won Tennessee State Press awards for reporting, editorial writing, photography and design.


The Kingsport TimesEdit

The first edition of the Kingsport Times was first published on April 27, 1916[1] by founder and publisher Cy Lyle. The editor was R.D. “Bob” Kinkead. The paper published weekly. In November of that year, the newspaper was purchased by Bob Kinkead and his brother Joe.

Three years later, the Kingsport Times was bought by Thomas H. Pratt and Isaac Shuman, who were working at the Bristol Herald Courier. Shuman became editor and Pratt general manager.

The new owners published their statement of purpose: “The Times will try to print all the news of Kingsport and this section accurately and without bias, so that it might inform completely and reflect truly the activities — civic, industrial, commercial, agricultural and social — of Kingsport and the region of which it is the center. Service to Kingsport shall be our watchword.”

In 1920, the newspaper was reorganized with a new ownership that included Pratt and Howard Long, and under the Long-Pratt team the Times became a daily on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1924.

The Kingsport Times NewsEdit

In 1938, a group of Kingsport businessmen headed by insurance executive C.P. Edwards Jr., bought the newspaper. Edwards became president and promoted W. J. McAuliffe to editor.

The newspaper became the Kingsport Times News in 1944[2] when the morning Kingsport News was acquired.

The newspaper became the 'Times News' with the name Kingsport as a secondary title in 2018 and became more regionally centered in the Kingsport and Southwest Virginia region. It utilizes a paid subscription online format as well as partial postings on Facebook.


The Kingsport Times News website,, features most of the local content from the print edition and also links to the newspaper’s e-edition.

Other PublicationsEdit

The Times News publishes several other niche publications including:

  • Sullivan County Fact Book: Aa yearly publication including demographic information about Sullivan County as well as articles on local school systems, governments, businesses, entertainment, the arts and healthcare.
  • Go Tri Cities: a monthly home, arts and entertainment magazine published jointly by the Times News and the Johnson City Press.
  • Sunday Stories: a weekly publication filled with uplifting news and business features.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Kingsport Times". Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.
  2. ^ "Kingsport Times-News". Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress.

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