Northeast Alabama newspaper cluster sold 5/1/19

For the first time in more than 60 years, The Times-Journal of Fort Payne, Ala., has new ownership.

Patrick Graham, who previously served as the managing editor of The Times-Journal from 1996 to 2000, has purchased the newspaper and its related products from the Walls Family and Southern Newspapers, Inc. of Houston, Texas. Southern, which continues to own and operate 12 newspapers in Texas and Oklahoma, had owned The Times-Journal since 1956.

In addition, Graham acquired The Jackson County Sentinel in Scottsboro and The Sand Mountain Reporter in Albertville, sister papers to The Times-Journal, from Southern as part of the same purchase agreement.

Cribb, Greene & Cope, under the direction of John Cribb and Senior Associate Jeffrey Potts, represented the seller in the transaction.

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SCNI, Times-Journal announce joint customer service center 4/17/19

Two Georgia newspaper groups working together to gain efficiencies in operations have announced another joint project.

Times-Journal Inc. in Marietta and Southern Community Newspapers Inc. in Lawrenceville will consolidate the two companies' customer service call centers May 1.

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Two newspaper groups to consolidate copy/pagination desks 2/13/19

Two Georgia newspaper groups are consolidating their copy/pagination desks to become more efficient, streamline processes and improve their products.

Times-Journal, Inc., in Marietta and Southern Community Newspapers, Inc., in Lawrenceville earlier this month announced plans to consolidate their copy desk and pagination staffs.

The process began as each company transitions to the Town News Total CMS (Content Management System). The companies signed agreements with Town News in late 2018 and plan to produce their products on the new systems in early March. Once that's taken place, the consolidation of the pagination process will begin.

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