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Newly Renovated Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame Debuts

Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame Dedication

The newly renovated Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame (TNHF), a partnership between the Tennessee Press Association (TPA) and the University of Tennessee since 1966, debuted in spectacular fashion during a reception held on Friday evening, July 17 at the close of TPA’s Summer Convention.

Greg Jones, president of the Tennessee Press Association Foundation, led the fundraising effort that resulted in the total transformation of the TNHF display on the Circle Park level of UT’s Communications Building. The new display features a real-time AP ticker, background information about TNHF, photos of each of the honorees, and interactive media utilizing two 80 inch diameter touch screen video monitors to provide access to a biographical profile of each honoree.

“It is an honor and a privilege for the College of Communication and Information and the School of Journalism and Electronic Media to reinforce our strong partnership with the Tennessee Press Association through the newly renovated Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth. “The new display provides everyone who visits the Communications Building with access to the remarkable stories of each of these honorees, which will inform and inspire our students as they make the transition from the classroom to the professional world.”

[Left: Pictured with Dean Wirth – Greg Jones, president of the Tennessee Press Association Foundation and president and co-publisher of the Greeneville Sun; and Adam Yeomans, AP Bureau Chief responsible for AP news and marketing operations in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi.]

A formal dedication ceremony is planned for sometime this fall. More information about the TNHF can be found at

CCI’s 2015 Tailgate will be held in the lobby area near the new TNHF on November 7 beginning three hours prior to the UT vs. South Carolina kickoff. We look forward to seeing you on 11/7 if not before!