Hall of Famer: Stone inducted into Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame
MTSU News and Media Relations
MURFREESBORO — Representing nearly three centuries of combined journalistic excellence, the first members of the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame proudly stood before family, friends and colleagues at MTSU Friday to encourage the next generation of media professionals.
“This is the first all-inclusive hall of fame in the state to showcase talented media professionals in all areas,” John Hood, MTSU director of governmental and community affairs, told the crowd assembled inside Murphy Center for the ceremony.
The honorees included H. Dean Stone, 88, editor of The Daily Times in Maryville as well as a featured columnist. He served multiple terms as president of the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors, now known as the Tennessee Associated Press Media Editors.
The hall’s other inaugural inductees include:
• Chris Clark, retired chief news anchor for WTVF-TV NewsChannel 5 in Nashville, who produced multiple global documentaries and played a strategic role in convincing the Tennessee Supreme Court to allow cameras in courtrooms. Clark, the longest tenured news anchor in Tennessee with his 41-year stint at WTVF, is currently an MTSU mass communication instructor.
• Anne Holt, who is a 30-year veteran and three-time Emmy Award winner at WKRN-TV News 2 in Nashville. Among her numerous accolades, she is a recipient of the coveted George Foster Peabody Award for investigative reporting and the Distinguished Service Award from the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters.
• The late Dan Miller, the longtime chief news anchor at Nashville’s WSMV-TV Channel 4, where he was once named the “Most Popular News Anchor in America” and was voted Nashville’s “Best News Anchor” multiple times. A winner of multiple Emmy Awards, Miller died in 2009.
• John Seigenthaler, who is chairman emeritus of The Tennessean in Nashville, founding editorial director of USA Today and founder of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University as well as MTSU’s Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies.
• William Bryant “Bill” Williams Jr., a third-generation community newspaper publisher, who is publisher emeritus of the Paris Post-Intelligencer, a newspaper that has served the Henry County community since 1866.
Each of the inductees had words of thanks for their supporters as well as encouragement for the students gathered for their own annual awards ceremony.
The new Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame at MTSU, which was officially unveiled in October 2012 after four years of planning, will be housed at the John Bragg Mass Communication Building inside the Center for Innovation in Media.
Stone is a native Blount Countian. He graduated from Everett High, attended Maryville College for a year prior to WWII and then served in the 363rd Infantry Regiment in Oregon, North Africa, Italy and Yugoslavia. He later earned a B.A. in journalism at the University of Oklahoma.
Stone began his full-time journalism career in 1949 as Sunday editor at The Daily Times, becoming managing editor that same year. He was named editor in 1978.
Actively involved in the community, he has served as president of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, campaign chair of United Way, president of Maryville-Alcoa Jaycees and Alcoa Kiwanis. For 20 years he has served on the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains National Park Commission, chairman most of the years.
As part of his duties he has written eight coffee table books on local history over the past eight years. He is a deacon and lifetime member of Maryville First Baptist Church, a 50-year plus member of the American Legion and the VFW, a lifetime member of the Professional Photographers of America, Society of Professional Journalists and New Providence Lodge No. 128 A&AM.