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H&T welcomes new publisher

William “Bill” Cummings III has been named as publisher of the Herald & Tribune.
Cummings, a native of Summerfield, N.C., and a graduate of Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C., replaces former publisher Lynn Richardson, who resigned on March 11 after 15 years with the paper to become publisher of the Elizabethton Star.
“I found it easy to make this decision,” said Cummings, who comes to the H&T from the offices of the Johnson City Press where he held the position of Advertising Sales Manager for the past 10 years. Cummings is also a former publisher for a group of weekly newspapers in the North Carolina High County. “It takes me back to the days in Boone and Blowing Rock. People love their community paper. It is the one source that gives them the local news and content they can’t get anywhere else.”
After obtaining his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Appalachian State, Cummings began his newspaper career at the Greensboro News & Record in advertising, working in sales and sales management. He served as retail sales manager and advertising director at the Bristol Herald Courier from 1985 to 1994.
Cummings spent the next 10 years as publisher for a group of community newspapers in Boone and Blowing Rock before returning to the Tri-Cities in 2004 as the Press’ advertising sales manager.
His time at those two small community newspapers made quite an impact, Cummings said, and added to his excitement in coming to Jonesborough.
“I really learned to appreciate the close connection with the community and their newspapers,” he said.
As a self-proclaimed history buff, Cummings is looking forward to getting to know Tennessee’s oldest town.
“I plan to become involved in the community,” Cummings said of his new role as the head of the award-winning weekly. “I want to be a participant, not a spectator, and I want to help the paper continue to grow and thrive so we can continue its 145-year tradition of providing award-winning news to the people of Washington County.”
Cummings currently lives in Kingsport with his wife, Jo Ann.