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Town paper has an impact

Tombstone Epitaph
October 1881
Visiting Tombstone, Ariz., the story of the 1881 Gunfight at the OK Corral is relived three times a day. 
We know the details of the gunfight, witness accounts, the trial and the acquittal because of local reporters writing for a local paper eventually becoming a national legend.
From the paper, we also know there was a $400 reward for the capture of William C. Drake, a deserter, and we should look out for a Monster Free Street Parade at 11 a.m. 
And then there is Mme. LeDeau’s unstated business, whose reputation was simply advertised as “Ask Any Man.”
Since that time, the Internet has dissolved the boundaries between local and national reporting and news gathering. Where it would take days to get a story to the reading public, today it only takes seconds, and video can be presented in real time. 
Larger papers report world news using news networks such as the AP, The New York Times, etc. Their stories usually emanate from these sources, carrying the same information forward through different media.  
Local newspapers are different and serve an equally, if not more,  important purpose. It’s easy to get the news from around the world, at least on the major events, but people really care about what happens around the corner too, which often has a larger effect on our lives.  
Local papers record the fabric of a community, capturing the spirit, sense and heart of the people as the town progresses through history.
They connect deeply with the communities they serve as a reliable source of information, providing the news they need and advertisers a great place to reach local readers.  
It is through the eyes and ears of local reporters that they hear about their high school’s academic progress, sports teams’ records, changes in the schools, the prom, Little League scores, local music venues, church socials, etc.
They inform the electorate, capturing the ideas and promises of local candidates, and following their performances. They allow readers to share in what is going on in their town, to celebrate successes in their community together, to understand challenges in their community, and to highlight special efforts, special people and important events. 
The Town of Jonesborough is blessed to have the Herald & Tribune as its local newspaper, focusing on our community and recording its history. Its reporting is invaluable to understanding Jonesborough’s past and helping build its future.   
Recent items such as the transition of the Storytelling building, the repurposing and establishment of the Arts Center at the McKinney building (formerly the old Booker T. Washington School), the purchase of the Jackson Theatre, service club activity, the traffic circle west of town or traffic cameras, discussions on the BMA, opinions at the time, etc. are all documented for history in our town’s local paper.  
On Aug. 26, the Herald & Tribune celebrated 145 years of faithfully reporting the news of our town.  So, I just want to say a belated THANK YOU to the Herald & Tribune for 145 years of stellar service to our community.