ONLINE UPDATE-May 23
The owner/publisher of this newspaper, David
Davenport, passed away early Sunday after a battle with cancer.
Dave was an integral part of the publication of
the Times Journal for many years, first coming to the paper from Greensburg to
help run the new press in the 1960s under the late owner and Times Journal
founder Andrew Norfleet.
He then went on to become managing editor and
later was an owner and publisher of the newspaper until his death.
After a short hiatus from the newspaper business
in the 1990s, Dave again became involved in the Times Journal when he and
Burkesville business partner Patsy Judd bought the paper back in the early
Regardless of his position with the paper, and
even the time when he was not owner, Dave’s popular column, “From My Window …
by I.C. Toowell,” never left the paper’s editorial page.
The column helped people to laugh with its jokes
and funny stories, stirred debate and discussion on local, state and national
issues, took you inside his personal life, usually with a laugh included, and
ultimately became the most popular portion of the newspaper.
Throughout his time with the Times Journal,
Russell County News and the Russell County News-Register he also founded Lake
Cumberland Real Estate where he was broker and also started the popular
with his late friend, Jerry Gibson, along with maintaining the newspaper’s
website at www.russellcounty.net.
He was a past chamber of commerce president and
was instrumental in helping form the local tourism commission, was a former
Russell County coroner in the 1970s and was a current and longtime member of
the Duo County Telephone Board of Directors, among other community endeavors.
Being involved in so many things allowed Dave to
touch the lives of thousands of people, both inside Russell County and out.
“Dave’s impact on Russell County was tremendous,”
said Derek Aaron, the newspaper’s current editor. “His many years of dedicated
service in bringing the people of Russell County local news and advertising
were second to none. He was a tremendous public servant and never met a
stranger as anyone who ever met Dave can attest to. His honesty and integrity
shone through in his many years of reporting and later as publisher of this
newspaper. The support he received in the community from his many loyal readers
is a testament to that fact.
“Personally, I have the utmost of respect for
Dave. As a mentor in the newspaper business he taught me many things on how to
cover Russell County from a reporting standpoint as he had done for so many
years. He gave me a chance and an opportunity to serve in my hometown and for
that I will be forever grateful. Not only was he a great boss, I considered him
a great friend who was always there for me anytime I needed him, just as he was
for the many people that also called him friend. My thoughts and prayers and
the thoughts and prayers of the entire Times Journal staff are with his entire
family during this difficult time.”