The Herald-News| "Serving Rhea County since 1898"| Published Sundays and Wednesdays
The Herald-News is dedicated to providing a high-quality community newspaper that our readers and advertisers find beneficial, informative, reliable and enjoyable.
We strive to inform our readers of local government activity that touches their lives, to celebrate the freedom of speech granted all of us by the First Amendment by publishing letters of opinion and matters of record, and to offer news of people, places and events that chronicles life in Rhea County.
We are committed to excellence, integrity, progress, tradition and growth, with the additional goal of maintaining and strengthening our place as the dominant media in Rhea County.
P.O. Box 286, 916 Market Street, Dayton, TN 37321
News Fax: 423-775-8218
Copies of The Herald-News are available for sale for the past 12 months. Photocopies of articles and photos from The Herald-News and Dayton Herald are available from 1941 to the present. Reprints of photos taken by The Herald-News staff are available for a fee. Call 423-775-6111 for more information.
The Herald-News is a member of the National Newspaper Association, Newspaper Association of America, National Advertising Representatives, American Newspaper Representatives, Tennessee Press Association and Tennessee Press Service.
The Herald-News has won numerous statewide awards in the University of Tennessee-Tennessee Press Association Press Contests and TPA Advertising/Circulation Ideas Contests.
The Herald-News reserves the right to refuse to print any submitted material that in the judgement of the management is deemed to be illegal, immoral, unethical, libelous or in patently poor taste and to return any advance payment tendered without further obligation.
The Herald-News/Rhea County Publishing is an equal opportunity employer. The Herald-News does not tolerate discrimination against any person because of nationality, race, color, gender, age, and disability or on any other unlawful basis. The Herald-News is committed to diversity in the workplace and promotes a drug-free work environment.
The Herald-News is only responsible for the first day of publication of an advertisement that contains errors. The advertiser must check advertisements on the first day of publication and any errors must be reported to The Herald-News immediately.
History of The Herald News
The Herald-News began service to Rhea County as the Weekly Herald in 1898 under the direction of veteran Rhea County newspaperman F.M. Morrison and a Mr. Painter. Morrison took control of the paper shortly thereafter, and the Weekly Herald quickly became the most influential paper in Dayton, forcing two other competitors out of business.
In 1900, T.J. Campbell (author of Records of Rhea) and T.A. Gross purchased the paper from Morrison. Gross retired two years later. The name of the paper was changed to the Dayton Herald at that time.
Campbell served as president of the Tennessee Press Association in 1907. In 1910 Campbell sold the Herald to John Gilbreath of Chattanooga.
In 1936, Col. Cox of the governor's staff formed the Upper Cumberland Publishing Co. and purchased the Dayton Herald from Ray Alden Smith, a staunch Republican. Col. Cox wanted to establish a network of political newspapers in Tennessee to support Democratic causes.
Cox twice approached Smith about purchasing the paper, since Smith was delinquent in his mortgage payments on the paper. Finally, Cox went to the holder of the mortgage, purchased it, and once again offered to buy the paper or foreclose on Smith. Smith sold the paper immediately.
One of Coxs' confederates in the publishing company was Beecher Gentry, owner of the Cookeville Herald. The new editor and manager of The Dayton Herald was Beasley Thompson, who had just married Gentry's daughter, Reba.
Thompson went to work for his father-in-law and Col. Cox. running the newspaper and promoting Democratic interests in a Republican community.
At the time there were two Democratic factions in Tennessee. The Crump faction out of Memphis held sway throughout most of the state, while there was a splinter group of the party holding out in East Tennessee. Col. Cox and Gentry supported the Crump faction, but Thompson suddenly switched and backed the Democratic opposition ticket in the 1938 elections.
Not one to consort with the enemy, Col. Cox sold his stock to Gentry in exchange for stock in the Cookeville Herald. Soon after, Gentry arranged the sale of the Dayton Herald to Thompson and his pressman, Mr. Haynes, but Haynes eventually backed out. Gentry then sold the paper outright to Thompson and his wife in 1938.
July 15, 1941, Franklin Glass purchased the newspaper from Thompson and began a new dynasty in Rhea County journalism. The Glass family was to operate the premier media outlet in the county for 40 years.
Born in Montgomery, Ala., Glass was destined for the newspaper business, his grandfather being the publisher of the Montgomery Advertiser. Glass moved to Memphis in 1927, where he attended Rhodes College for two years before the Depression struck.
He finally wound up working for a printer in Memphis and received his journeyman printer's card in 1931 after five years. He then tried to run a newspaper in Alabama, decided he didn't have enough experience and went to the University of Illinois for a degree in journalism.
The proud new owners of a newspaper in debt, Frank and Mary Glass rolled up their sleeves and went to work. During the day Frank "worked the street" digging up news and selling ads for his struggling paper. In the evenings he ran the linotype machine himself. Mary ran the office, did the bookkeeping and wrote the society news. Mr. Haynes stayed on to design ads.
On production nights, Frank ran the press, Mary ran the folder and Haynes operated the baling machine. They produced their six-page weekly paper like this for about a year before they were able to hire more help. Their weekly gross income at first was just $45.
After deleting some 200 delinquent payers from the subscription list, Glass started with just 350 paying customers and built his customer base up to more than 6,000 in the late 1970s.
In 1950, Glass built a new home for the Dayton Herald for the next 30 years on 2nd Ave. In order to save money, the Glass family lived in part of the large building, while leasing their home. Also in 1950, Glass was elected president of the Tennessee Press Association.
Not one to sit back and enjoy his success, Glass went back to school and got his law degree from the University of Tennessee in 1959. He served as Dayton's attorney and supervised the formation of the Dayton Housing Authority.
For the next 20 years, Glass then served as law clerk to several different federal judges in Knoxville and Chattanooga, while his son, Franklin Glass Jr., ran the newspaper.
The paper was owned and published by the Glass family until February 1981 when Franklin Glass Sr. sold the paper to John M. Jones Sr. of Greeneville, Tenn. Franklin Glass Jr. stayed on as publisher for six months.
In 1982, the Dayton Herald, Rhea County News and Rhea County Shopper all merged to form The Herald-News under Publisher Ed Emens. The weekly began publishing twice a week in 1985.
After eight years at its Main Street location, The Herald-News moved to 3687 Rhea County Highway where all its operations were consolidated under one roof in 1992.
In 1998, The Herald-News introduced the county's only Internet news source with Rhea County Online (www.rhea.xtn.net). Rhea County Online has been expanded and improved to include a wide variety of information about Rhea County. Now it is the online version of our print edition, The Herald-News. The web address was later changed to www.rheaheraldnews.com.
The Herald-News has maintained its position as the newspaper of record for Rhea County and the source that more Rhea Countians turn to for news and information for the past century. The paper is on the cutting edge of technology and has received numerous awards through the Tennessee Press Association's annual press contests that attest to the high standards of quality maintained at The Herald-News.
In 2016, The Herald-News was bought by Adams Publishing Group, a family-owned community newspaper company. It was launched in late 2013 by Mark Adams with support from his family. Adams Publishing Group is driven to provide high quality products and services that make a positive difference in the lives of its constituents, which are, in prioritized order: its readers, its customers/advertisers, its communities, its Associates, and its shareholders/owners.
After 27 years at its Rhea County Highway location, The Herald-News moved to its present location at 916 Market Street in Dayton.