FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Two longtime Tennessee newspaper publishers have been posthumously inducted into the Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame.

W. Bryant Williams, former owner of the Paris Post-Intelligencer, and Bob Parkins, former owner of The Milan Mirror-Exchange, were inducted at a luncheon held by the Tennessee Press Association last week.

Williams’ father, the late W. Percy Williams, bought the Paris paper in the late 1920s and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985. The Williams family still owns the paper with Bryant Williams’ grandson, Michael, serving as editor and publisher.

Parkins started The Milan Mirror in 1965. He purchased the The Milan Exchange in 1977. Parkins published and edited more than 2,200 consecutive editions until his death in 2008. His son, Victor, runs the paper.

The TPA and the University of Tennessee co-sponsor the Hall of Fame, which was founded in 1966.


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