published Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Timeline

1869

The Chattanooga Times first published by the firm Kirby & Gamble.

1878

20-year-old Adolph Ochs assumes ownership for $5,500.

1896

Ochs turns the paper over to his brother-in-law Harry C. Adler and buys The New York Times.

1933

Roy McDonald launches a free weekly tabloid, the Chattanooga Free Press, delivered door to door.

1936

After reaching 65,000 in circulation, the Free Press begins publishing daily with paid subscribers.

1939

McDonald buys the Chattanooga News and the merger creates the "News-Free Press."

1942

The Times and the News-Free Press begin sharing offices at 117 E. 10th St. and join business and production operations, while maintaining separate news and editorial departments.

1956

The Times wins the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, for articles leading to the resignation of the secretary of the Air Force.

1966

The News-Free Press is the only paper in the nation to dissolve a joint operating agreement after McDonald buys the Davenport Hosiery Mills building at 400 E. 11th St. and renews competition against the Times.

1977

The News-Free Press receives the Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. The photo was of legless Vietnam veteran Eddie Robinson in his wheelchair watching a rained-out parade in Chattanooga with his tiny son on his lap.

1998

Walter E. Hussman, Jr., owner of WEHCO Media, Inc., buys the two papers. He merged them in January 1999, creating the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

2003

The Times Free Press is named as the best newspaper in the state by the Tennessee Press Association and is called one of 10 newspapers in the United States “doing it right" by Editor and Published magazine.

2004

The Times Free Press launches an online presence for paid subscribers only.

2006

A redesigned, entirely free website launches at www.timesfreepress.com http://www.timesfreepress.com .

2008

The Chattanooga Publishing Co. launches a monthly upscale city magazine, Chatter.

2010

Right2Know online database launches. Facebook and Twitter presence begins.

about Harrison Keely...

Harrison Keely is a web producer for the Times Free Press. He manages social media for the paper and anchors the daily Times Free Press newscast. He joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a reporter in 2010. He previously served as managing editor of the Smoky Mountain Sentinel in western North Carolina and as a business reporter for the Washington Times in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Lee University in 2009 where he served ...

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