Paris publisher, editor elected TPA president

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Michael Williams, publisher and editor of the Paris Post-Intelligencer, has been elected president of the Tennessee Press Association.

The TPA is the trade association of the state's newspapers. It is composed of 26 daily newspapers and 96 non-daily newspapers.

Williams, the fourth generation of his family to serve as editor and publisher, succeeds Jeffrey D. Fishman, publisher of the Tullahoma News.

The installation of Williams on Saturday marks the first time three generations of a family have led the TPA as president. Bill Williams was president in 1982. The late W. Bryant Williams, Bill Williams' father, was president in 1970.

Michael Williams' great-grandfather, W. Percy Williams, bought the Post-Intelligencer in 1927 and converted it to a daily during the midst of the Great Depression.

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