Chloe Morrison, reporter, on her first visit to the Times Free Press in 2003
When the former Chattanooga Times and Chattanooga News-Free Press were bought and merged by a new owner into one newspaper 10 years ago, the chief concern of our small editorial page staff — by then narrowed to two writers and an editorial cartoonist — was what would happen to The Times’ editorial page and public voice. Would the political and civic views long advocated on our page be lost? If not, how would they be incorporated into a new paper that, we had been told, would keep alive the institutional voices expressed on the editorial pages of both outgoing newspapers?
It hardly seems possible that it has been a whole decade since the evening and Sunday Chattanooga Free Press and the morning and Sunday Chattanooga Times were combined to become the Chattanooga Times Free Press. But it was on Jan. 5, 1999, when that occurred.
Bullocks brothers on TFP all-decade prep team
In the last 10 years the Chattanooga area has produced more high school football All-Americans — five — and more state championship teams than during any previous decade. But the most memorable area prep players during that time didn’t earn any national acclaim or win a state title.