Timothy Paxton Jones has been a leading force in the Johnson City Community through his volunteerism and support of civic issues all of his adult life. Tim grew up in the newspaper business, the third generation of the Jones family in the publishing business. Tim served as vice president and general manager of the Johnson City Press until the sale of the paper by his family. Tim continues as a member of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and is a former director of the Tennessee Press Association.
Tim and his family were instrumental in making the Johnson City Public Library a reality, as well as advocating other initiatives beneficial for the city's downtown. He chaired the local effort to raise an $8 million endowment to fund operating costs for a regional performing arts. He was also the Chairperson for the Regional Entertainment/Education Arts District, which worked to develop the Performing Arts Center. Even though a city-wide referendum halted the effort, Tim continues to support the re-development of Johnson City through his leadership of the Johnson City Development Authority. He has served that organization as its organizer and first Board Chair and is presently serving a second term as Chair. He has worked tirelessly to advocate for support of a Tax Increment Financing program to attract new businesses to the downtown area.
Jones has contributed countless hours of time over the years to benefit the people of this area serving as: past President and Campaign Chairman of the Johnson City Area United Way; past President of Girls Inc.; a founding member and twice past President of the Johnson City Evening Rotary Club, where he is also a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary International Foundation; and past chairman of the Johnson City – Jonesborough – Washington County Chamber of Commerce. In fact, his volunteer leadership and monetary contributions have impacted more than 20 local nonprofit organizations and the people they serve.
Tim has exhibited outstanding commitment and devotion to East Tennessee State University. He was Chairman of the ETSU Foundation for four years from 2003 to 2007. He served as ETSU Pirate Club President from 1987 – 1989. He is a member of the James H. Quillen College of Medicine Visiting Committee. His family established the Carl A. Jones Scholarship Endowment in memory of his father, who was instrumental in the fight to establish the College of Medicine to relieve the shortage of physicians in the region. In 1997, the ETSU Alumni Association named him an "Honorary Alumnus."
During Tim's tenure as ETSU Foundation Chairman, alumni and friends of the university gave more than $69 million dollars to the Foundation. Almost $28 million of that amount was designated for scholarships and other endowments. He is married to the former Valda Hicks, an ETSU graduate. Tim and Valda often work often work as a team on community service projects, particularly the Dawn of Hope Development Center, and in 1999 they received the Outstanding Philanthropist Award from the Mountain Empire Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Tim is the proud father of five children and the grandfather of eight.
Tim Jones has given his time talent and resources to improve ETSU, the Tri-Cities, Tennessee/Virginia region and the world. He has set a shining example for children, grandchildren and the community with his generosity and compassion.