The Jones family name is synonymous with the Johnson City Press. Tim Jones is the third generation to continue in the publication business. The Johnson City Press-Chronicle, at the time of its founding, was begun in 1934 in part by Carl A. Jones, Sr., Tim's grandfather. His father, Carl A. Jones, carried on the heritage, and now, Tim is the vice president and general manager of the Johnson City Press. Tim continues the legacy to shape and influence not only east Tennessee, but the rest of the state and region as well.
His family has been instrumental in several changes closer to home, here at ETSU. In 1963, his father was a leader in convincing the legislature to elevate East Tennessee State College to university status. He also fought to establish a school of medicine to relieve the shortage of physicians in the region.
Tim completed his post-secondary education at Wofford College, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in economics and business administration in 1964. With more academic work at the University of Tennessee and ETSU, he attained his master of arts degree in mass communications from Texas Technological University in 1973. During the time he spent trying to attain his degree, Tim served in the United States Army as a First lieutenant. In 1968, Tim began working at the Press. It was in 1978 that he became vice president and general manager. Tim is joined by his brothers, John A. Jones, Carleton Jones, and his sister, Alice Torbett, in the family run enterprise. The siblings also enjoy the watchful eye and advice from their mother, Mrs. Kathryn Alice Paxton Jones.
Tim's responsibilities include managing the business affairs of the Johnson City Press on a daily basis. He is also involved with business functions of the other publications the Jones family holds ownership to including the Jonesborough Herald and Tribune, the Erwin Record, and the Mountain City Tomahawk. Jones' business savvy has also brought him to serve on numerous boards including the former Hamilton Bank of Johnson City Board of Directors, the Johnson City Advisory Board of First American Bank, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Peoples Community Bank.
The Jones family has always been a leading force in the Johnson City community in almost every aspect of volunteerism and civic issues. The family was a key figure in making the Johnson City Public Library a reality, as well as advocating other initiatives beneficial for the city"s downtown. Tim continues these efforts through active roles with Johnson City Development Authority and current efforts to develop a cultural district. Tim is a past president of the Johnson City Development Authority. Tim has contributed countless hours of time to benefit the people of this area. He has been the past president, 1969-70 and 1995-96, for the Johnson City Evening Rotary Club, and currently serves as assistant governor of rotary district 7570. He has served as past president of Girls, Inc., past chairman of United Way; and past chairman of the board of the Johnson City-Jonesborough-Washington County Chamber of Commerce. Jones is a member of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and former director of the Tennessee Press Association, serving on various committees of both organizations.
He has also exhibited outstanding commitment and devotion to East Tennessee State University. Tim was the ETSU Pirate Club president from 1987-89, and played a key role in this organization"s growth. He is currently a member of the ETSU Foundation of which he has also served on the board of directors. The Carl A. Jones Scholarship Endowment, established by the family, has allowed many outstanding students who otherwise would not have been afforded the opportunity to attend ETSU.
Tim is married to the former Valda Hicks, also an ETSU graduate. He is the father of five children: Derby, Courtney, Kathryn, Erin, and Lauren.