Jack Owens, Publisher
Growing up in Murphy NC, Jack followed in the footsteps of his father Jack Owens, Sr. publisher of the Cherokee Scout, beginning as a street hawk at the early age of 9. A few years after graduating from Murphy High School, he was giving the opportunity of an apprenticeship with the Daily Post Athenian in Athens, TN where his father was publisher. Seven years later, he and his father ventured into the commercial printing business, where Jack remained for the next 25 years. In 2011, Jack reentered the business as publisher of the Manchester Times and remained there for 4 years before transferring to the Herald Chronicle in 2015.
Melanie Morrow, Advertising Manager/ Assistant Publisher Photo Provided
Wearing multiple hats and working in fast paced environments is not for the weary! Melanie Morrow, our Advertising Manager/ Assistant Publisher, just happens to thrive at living right in the middle of both worlds! Melanie is a native of Franklin County, graduating from Huntland High School in 1994 and marrying her childhood sweetheart, Clint a few years later. They have 2 miracle children, Alanna, 20, and Braeden, 13 who love to volunteer in the community alongside their parents. Melanie's career at Herald Chronicle began in 2014 where she was hired as an entry level employee, but her administrative talents were quickly noticed, moving her into her current position as Advertising Manager/Assistant Publisher. In addition to her career, she is very involved in our community where she is event director at The Rain Teen Center, Camp Director at Camp RAIN, Franklin County Chamber of Commerce Ambassador, and as well as director of the 30 Below homeless ministry with her husband at Journey Community Church.
Brian Justice, Editor
A native of Ekalaka, Montana, Justice began his journalism career in grade school, first delivering the Grit national weekly newspaper, then becoming a “printers devil” at the Ekalaka Eagle, the last newspaper in the United States to go to offset printing. He studied journalism at the University of Montana where he was a reporter and associate editor for the Montana Kaimin college newspaper. Justice worked as a general assignment reporter at the Lewistown News-Argus in Montana, then went on to become a police reporter for the Odessa American in Texas. Justice later worked as an education and municipal government reporter for The Brazosport Facts in Clute, Texas, moving over to the Sports Department as a staff writer, later being promoted to assistant sports editor. He moved to Tennessee in 1994 and worked at the East Tennessee Business Journal in Chattanooga before accepting a staff writer’s position at The Tullahoma News a year later. Justice remained at Tullahoma for 18 years, being promoted to city editor. He was transferred to the Herald Chronicle where he has served as editor since 2013.
Linda Stacy, Assistant Editor
Born in Murfreesboro and raised in Franklin County, Stacy began her news career at the Herald Chronicle in 1997, as a news clerk before becoming a general assignment reporter. She was named assistant news editor in 2013. She enjoys writing feature stories and has won six individual Tennessee Press Association awards.
Sam Cowan, Sports Editor
Born in Texas, raised in Cincinnati and educated in Nashville, Sam Cowan has lived all over the country and there has been one constant throughout: sports. Sam graduated with a bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Belmont University in May 2016 and joined the Herald Chronicle a month later. While at Belmont, he wrote for The Belmont Vision, which was the student paper on campus, and served as the senior sports writer and sports editor at various points. He can be seen at games across the county at the high school and middle school level with his camera in tow.
Seth Byrd, News Reporter
Originally from Ontario, Ohio, Seth Byrd graduated in the spring of 2017 from Malone University with a degree in Communication Arts Media. While in school, Byrd was a staff writer for The Aviso, the campus newspaper at Malone University before moving to Cowan in September 2017. A unique fact about Byrd is that he is a triplet.
Kala Hunt, Circulation Manager
My name is Kala Hunt. I'm a native of Franklin County and graduated in 2007. I went to Coffee County Beauty Academy after High School and graduated in 2008 from beauty school. In 2014, I graduated from Medical Response Institute, where I earned my certifications as a Medical Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, Phlebotomy technician, and EKG tech. In 2017, after being off for a while with my newborn son, I started my career as Circulation Manager at the Herald Chronicle. I have 2 wonderful Children- Hailey and Weston. In my spare time, I love spending time with my family.
JD Pykiet, Print Manager
Current resident of Moore County, and has lived in Tennessee for just over 25 years. Over 32 years of experience in graphics & print-design covering everything from basic business cards, to billboards, commercial tradeshow displays and everything in between. JD started working at the Herald Chronicle as Print Manager with Pronto Printers/The Sign Dept. in July of 2017.
Michelle Perry, Customer Service
A native of Franklin County & graduated from Franklin County High School in 1987. She graduated from Oklahoma Technical School in 1989 as a Certified Medical Assistant. In 1991, she went to work for Dr. James Stensby & stayed until 1998 & then left to have her first son. She then spent the next 17 years as a stay at home mom. On September 14, 2015, Michelle joined the Herald Chronicle staff in Office Supplies. While at the Herald Chronicle she has worked in office supplies, classifieds & is now working in the print/sign department. She stays very active in the community & is secretary for the Franklin County Rebel baseball team. Michelle resides in Estill Springs with her husband Greg & their two sons Tyler & Austin.
Raised in Winchester, Stachel graduated from the Art Institute of Nashville with her Bachelors of Arts with an emphasis in photography. While attending college, Stachel was employed by Lifetouch Photography/Prestige Portraits. Shortly after graduation Stachel began her journey at the Herald Chronicle in 2014 as a beat reporter. After a year and half, Stachel moved onto the Advertising side of the news business where she consults customers on print, social media and digital marketing for their business.