Citizen Tribune:  Carrying the Message

Editor’s Note: This is part of an ongoing series in partnership with the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce showcasing local businesses. The Chamber Business Showcase is an annual event that is being taken online this year due to the pandemic. For more, go online to and search for the keyword #chambershowcase.

It was Sept. 6, 1966, after a buildup of several months, a daily newspaper, the Citizen Tribune, was born.

The paper was created to serve the eight-county Lakeway Region, providing news coverage on a wider basis and helping the paper’s advertisers reach a wider audience.

Through the ensuing decades, the Tribune has documented the Region’s growth, from its development as a furniture and textile manufacturing mecca to its rebirth as a diverse manufacturing hub and budding tourism destination.

The Tribune has been there to document the lives of the people of the Lakeway Region as well as their extraordinary achievements.

It has been our pleasure to share those stories with our readers.

After all, as Citizen Tribune founding publisher R. Jack Fishman has often said, the newspaper business is a people business.

“It has been our honor and privilege to tell the stories of the people of the Lakeway Region for the last 54 years,” Fishman said.

Today, the Citizen Tribune is a multi-media operation that reaches more people than at any time in its history.

With a web app available through the Goggle Play Store and the Apple App Store, the Tribune is available to readers on the go, anywhere they are connected to the web.

In addition, the Tribune’s website, draws an average of a million page views per month.

In addition, the Tribune’s social media reach on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram offers avenues into reaching new readers and further opportunities to interact with our long-time customers.

“We are not simply in the newspaper business anymore,” said editor/publish R. Michael Fishman. “We are in the news and information business. It is our mission to provide the information that is vital to our readers so that they can be well informed and entertained by their hometown newspaper.

“While our main focus is Morristown, Hamblen County and the Lakeway Area, as a member of the Associated Press we also provide the state, national and international news that our reader need to be on top of the things happening in a quickly evolving time.”

The Tribune was founded on the dual-pronged mission of providing news to its readers as well as connecting advertisers with prospective clients.

The same technology that allows the Tribune to provide news to readers like never before also connects advertisers with customers in new and exciting ways.

“We can help our advertisers reach more people over a variety of mediums than anyone in the area,” Mike Fishman said. “Through our print and digital offerings, we have an audience that is eager to hear from local advertisers selling the products and services needed for their everyday lives.”

Ultimately, Fishman said, it’s about the Tribune’s people in advertising, news and circulation, working together to make the best daily newspaper they can.

“Our team of dedicated professionals believes not only in the value provided by the newspaper but also its mission,” Fishman said. “A local newspaper is vital to the lifeblood of a community. It serves an important purpose and it’s a role we do not take lightly.”