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The Business Journal of Tri-Cities TN/VA purchased by Derby Publishing
Derby Publishing purchased The Business Journal of Tri-Cities TN/VA from Mountaineer Publishing Company in Waynesville, North Carolina in 2012. Bill and Judy Derby, owners of the News & Neighbor, purchased the publication from Jonathan Key, publisher of the magazine since 2006.
“We are very excited to add The Business Journal to our company,” said publisher Bill Derby. “Scott Robertson, managing editor of the publication, and his staff have published a quality magazine since 2006 covering the business stories so important to our area’s growth. I’ve watched The Business Journal since the Jones family started it in 1988.
“Both publications will complement one another adding new dynamics and extended coverage. Scott Robertson is a valued asset for our communities with his understanding of what is happening in the business world in the Tri-cities area,” Derby added.
“When many media companies are experiencing a downturn we have been fortunate to have kept our company strong with our hyper-local and positive news coverage. The News & Neighbor has the largest circulation and readership of any media company in Johnson City and Washington County. Adding The Business Journal of Tri-Cities TN/VA coverage will give our company and advertisers the best possible coverage in the region,” Derby said.
The Business Journal of Tri-Cities TN/VA was founded in 1988 by Greeneville, Tennessee Jones Media, Inc. The Waynesville, North Carolina Mountaineer Publishing Co. acquired The Business Journal of Tri-Cities, TN/VA in 2006.
Scott Robertson said, “The Business Journal has a long history of providing accurate, timely news and information to the Tri-Cities business community, and we are excited about the new opportunities to refocus and grow our own business that come with this move.
“When Mountaineer bought the magazine back in 2006, they took what had been a newsprint publication and within two months made The Business Journal a full color glossy magazine. Mountaineer’s commitment to quality journalism and presentation took The Business Journal into its third decade of service to the Tri-Cities.
“I think there was a growing feeling on both sides that The Business Journal would benefit from local ownership. The best journalism happens when the publication is of the community, by the community and for the community. We’re looking forward to taking advantage of new opportunities to grow our readership and expand our market,” Robertson continued.
“The Business Journal will continue to serve the entire Tri-Cities business community, from Abingdon to Greeneville. The Business Journal has always advocated for regionalism in the Tri-Cities. We are at our best when we work to improve the business climate for every town, city and county in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. We consider it an honor to be able to serve the entire region by publishing timely, useful business news. We have done so for over a quarter century and we look forward to doing so for many more years,” Robertson concluded.