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  Knoxville News Sentinel
  •  Mailing Address P.O. Box 59038
Knoxville, TN 37950-9038
  •  Main Number
865-523-3131
  •  Fax Number
865-342-6925
  •  Web Site www.knoxnews.com
  •  Publisher and President Bruce R. Hartmann
  •  VP and Editor
Jack McElroy
  •  Advertising Director Diana Condon
  •  Circulation Director Kenneth W. Tanner
  •  Founded
1886; consolidated as The Knoxville News-Sentinel in 1926
  Background and Distinctions  
  In 1886 publisher John Trevis Hearn founded The Sentinel as an evening newspaper. Hearn is prominent in Knoxville history for changing the way paperboys were paid. Instead of a weekly salary, Hearn sold the papers to boys who resold them to the public for their own profit.

A competing newspaper, the Knoxville News, was established in 1921 by Robert P. Scripps and Roy W. Howard. The News did not align itself with any political party, and soon gained a reputation as an active voice against corruption and fiscal irresponsibility. The News criticized the state's law against teaching evolution and helped establish the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was instrumental in modernizing the state constitution, abolishing the justice of the peace system, obtaining statewide compulsory voting registration, and fighting segregation in schools and public facilities.

The News absorbed The Sentinel in 1926 and became The Knoxville News-Sentinel, which continued as an afternoon paper until 1986. In that year it switched to a morning publication. The News Sentinel has established a record for being a leading influence behind the passage of strong shield and open meetings laws in Tennessee. In 1994 the News Sentinel was among the first newspapers to establish a website. The newspaper now manages a wide variety of award-winning internet sites hosting advertising and editorial content, including www.knoxnews.com. Its production, office and packaging plant, completed in 2002, is one of the most modern newspaper facilities in the world.

In 2002, the newspaper dropped the hyphen in its name and became the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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