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Gannett Names Heatherly President, Publisher of the Jackson Sun

McLEAN, VA – Roy Heatherly, formerly the advertising director of The News-Star in Monroe, LA, will become president and publisher of the Jackson (TN) Sun on Jan. 7, 2008.

“With his Jackson roots and love for the community, Roy is a perfect choice to head the Jackson operation,” said Sue Clark-Johnson, president of Gannett’s Newspaper Division. “Plus, Roy’s management skills and wealth of knowledge about local advertising sales are great assets.”

Heatherly replaces Ed Graves, who has been named senior vice president/Newspaper Relations for Gannett’s USA WEEKEND magazine.

Heatherly began his career at radio station KKOY/KQSM in Chanute, KS. He moved to Gannett in 1980 as a sales representative at The Jackson Sun. He held numerous jobs there including major accounts representative, promotions manager and advertising director. In 1990, he was named advertising director of The News-Star in Monroe.

He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a B.S. in journalism. His wife, the former Beth Garland, is a native of Jackson. They have three children.

Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 85 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns nearly 1,000 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company. Newsquest publishes nearly 300 titles, including 18 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 23 television stations in the United States and is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by its TV stations and newspapers including, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.

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