Mitchell named new publisher of T-G

Thursday, December 29, 2016
William Mitchell (T-G Photo by John I. Carney)

The new year is bringing a new publisher to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette and its sister publication, the Marshall County Tribune in Lewisburg.

After nearly 13 years in this role, Hugh Jones is leaving for a different career path and William Mitchell has accepted the publisher position, effective Jan. 1.

Jones has served as publisher since Rust Communications acquired the T-G in 2004 and the Tribune in 2005. Mitchell joined the company as the general manager of the Times-Gazette in November 2006.

"My goal is that the T-G continues to play an essential role in the lives of local residents," Mitchell said. "We want everyone to know that we will work hard to provide the news and information that our readers desire and need."

"I am humbled and excited to lead such a great Bedford County organization as the Times-Gazette," he said.

Prior to joining Rust, Mitchell was the third generation of his family to serve as president of Fulton Publishing, Inc. in Fulton, Ky., established by his grandfather, W.P. Williams, a Tennessee Press Association Hall of Fame publisher, who also owned the Paris Post-Intelligencer and the Murray Ledger and Times in Kentucky. Fulton Publishing owned The Fulton Leader, founded in 1898, The Fulton Shopper and a commercial printing business.

Hugh Jones (File Photo)

Mitchell was employed by Fulton Publishing for 29 years. He was named assistant publisher in 1982 and publisher in 1985. He and his wife, Rita, acquired ownership of the business in 1985. The Mitchells sold the two newspapers and printing business in 2002.

A few years later, Mitchell came to Shelbyville to join Jones and the T-G and played a key role as general manager, overseeing the press and production department as well as additional behind the scenes responsibilities at the paper.

"Hugh and I have worked together for the last 10 years, and it's been a great experience being a part of his team. We thank him for his leadership and wish him the very best in his future endeavors."

Mitchell, a native of Fulton, graduated from Murray State University in Kentucky with a B.S. degree in radio-TV and a minor in journalism. He also completed graduate work at MSU. Mitchell served 10 years on the Kentucky Press Association Board of Directors and was elected to the Tennessee Press Association Board of Directors in 2015.

His wife is Director of Communications at The Webb School in Bell Buckle. They live in Murfreesboro and have two children and two grandchildren.

As Jones reflected on his years as publisher, he said Bedford County has showcased itself as an area filled with friendly people. "It's been a great part of my career," he said. "All the people I've met from business and civic leaders to readers and advertisers as a whole have always been a friendly and open community to me.

"The Times-Gazette has a great future, even in the social media age, to connect and educate citizens about their community," Jones said. "With William's lifetime of experience running a community newspaper plus the 10 years as general manager of the Times-Gazette, he is fully ready to lead the newspaper. He has been a great help to the staff and me all these years, and I value his professionalism and friendship. I'd like to thank current and past T-G coworkers for their hard work and dedication. It's been great working with you these years."