Williams retires, Bone to lead EVT

Jamie Bone (at left) will lead the newspaper following the retirement of Lucy Williams, who has served at the EVT for 32 years.

Jamie Bone of Lewisburg will succeed Lucy Carter Williams as publisher of The Elk Valley Times, announced Brian Blackley, vice president of weekly Tennessee newspapers for Lakeway Publishers Inc., last week.

Williams is retiring from The Times at the end of April after 32 years at the paper. She first joined the newspaper in the summer of 1982 as a student reporter and then returned in 1988 after accepting the editor’s position. She has served as editor, publisher, and chief executive officer since 1990.

The Times anticipates naming an editor in coming weeks, Blackley said, noting that the editor will succeed Williams in that role, as well as Sandy Williams, who served as The Times’ news editor across a career with the newspaper that spanned 31 years. Sandy has joined the Fayetteville City School System. Under their leadership, The Times has won numerous Tennessee Press Association awards, including first place in Best Breaking News Coverage for 2019.

“I want to congratulate Jamie on his new role here at the EVT,” said Lucy Williams. “I have every confidence that he will work hard to preserve the critical role of our newspaper in the community.

“I would like to thank Lakeway for the opportunity to serve my hometown in this capacity for the last three decades,” she said. “Too, I would like to thank Sandy and the rest of my staff for their dedication and loyalty – the staff here has always been truly committed to providing Fayetteville and Lincoln County with the best community newspaper possible.

“Moreover, I wish to express my appreciation to our readers and advertisers,” she added. “Without them, we could not have been successful.” 

Building on a good foundation

Bone joins The Times after serving as state area director for Bios Corp., small business counselor with the University of North Alabama, and career counselor with Goodwill Career Solutions. His experience also includes an eight-year stint as editor and general manager of the Marshall County Tribune in Lewisburg where he also formerly served as mayor and chief executive officer for four years.

“Lucy and her staff have built a great community newspaper here in Fayetteville,” said Bone. “I hope to build on that and continue to provide Lincoln County with the very best local news of people, government, business, schools, sports and those things affecting our daily lives.

“We’ll continue to work hard to fulfill our obligation to keep readers informed. The newspaper business has changed a great deal over the years, and The Times has done a good job of adapting.

“I want to build on that as we work to obtain, produce and deliver the information, news and advertising in print and digitally that is necessary to any thriving community,” he added. “Today, The Times is read by more people and reaches a wider audience than ever before. I know that together, we can continue to grow and serve our community.”

Bone is a graduate of Southwest Bible College, Belmont University, and Columbia State Community College.

He and his wife, Tammy, have two daughters, Faith and Hope. He also serves as pastor of Oakley Baptist Church in New Market, Ala., near Elora. In addition, he is active in coaching girls’ travel softball and basketball.