Joseph H. Adams announced Thursday he will resign Sept. 20 as publisher and vice president of Lebanon Publishing Co. to take the newly created position of director of consumer sales for the Kingsport Times News. Adams has been publisher of The Lebanon Democrat since 2002.
“My 11 years publishing the Lebanon Democrat, The Mt. Juliet News and The Hartsville Vidette has been a great experience,” Adams said. “I’ve been blessed to work alongside highly dedicated folks, here, at the newspaper and in the community, as well. However, change is good for organizations and for people to grow, and it's time for us to do so.”
The new position will seek to strengthen relationships and add value to subscribers of community newspapers. Adams said:
“This is a great opportunity to make a significant impact in an industry I love,” he said. “My first real passion was working directly with readers, and I'm eager to do so again.”
During his time in Lebanon, Adams was active in the community. His leadership roles included board president of the Wilson County Habitat for Humanity, board president of the United Way of Wilson County and founding board member of the Brooks House. He is a member of the Lebanon noon Rotary club and a graduate of Leadership Wilson.
“Lebanon has a big heart, and I am proud to be associated with organizations and people who give so much back to the community. I will sincerely miss these friendships,” Adams said.
The Lebanon Democrat and The Kingsport Times News are part of the family-owned Sandusky Newspaper Group.
“Joe has been a strong leader for the community and newspapers. This is a great opportunity for him and will be good for our company. We will work aggressively to secure a capable publisher to follow in his path,” said Doug Phares, company president.