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Richardson to say goodbye to H&T

After 35 years with Press Inc./Jonesborough Publishing, Herald & Tribune Publisher Lynn Richardson has announced her retirement.
Her last day at the H&T will be Tuesday, March 11.
However, Richardson will soon be taking on a new role as president and publisher of Elizabethton Newsmedia, parent company of the Elizabethton Star.
She will begin her duties there on March 17.
“This is a bittersweet time for me,” Richardson said. “The Jonesborough community has become like family to me and I have loved every minute that I have worked at the Herald & Tribune. It has been an honor and a privilege to have served the community as publisher of this wonderful old newspaper.”
Richardson came to the Herald & Tribune — which celebrates its 145 anniversary of printing this year — in 1999. She became its general manager, taking on the combined jobs of two retiring employees — general manager Don Miller and advertising director Lois Hicks.
In 2002, the Herald & Tribune’s owners, the Carl A. Jones Newspaper Group, sold the paper, along with its other newspapers — the Johnson City Press, the Erwin Record, the Lebanon Democrat and the Tomahawk (Mountain City) to Sandusky Publishing – the company that already owned the neighboring Kingsport Times-News.
Two years later, in 2004, Richardson was named publisher of the Herald & Tribune. During her tenure at the newspaper, the H&T has undergone many changes and is now recognized as one of the state’s best small newspapers. During the past 15 years, the Herald & Tribune has taken multiple awards from the Tennessee Press Association, including the prestigious General Excellence Award in 2012 and 2013.
Richardson has long been active in the Tennessee Press Association and is currently serving as the organization’s president.
The Town of Jonesborough will be hosting a reception in Richardson’s honor on Monday evening, March 10, at 6:15 p.m. at Town Hall.
The public is invited to attend.