Top of page

Newspaper Crossville Chronicle (Crossville, Tenn.) 1894-Current

View All Front Pages

About Crossville Chronicle (Crossville, Tenn.) 1894-Current

The first issue of the Crossville (Tennessee) Chronicle dates from 1894. However, the paper traces its roots to 1886 when the Crossville Times was established. The Crossville Times changed its name to the Tennessee Times in 1889, and it was eventually absorbed by the new Crossville Chronicle. Founder Seward Comstock Bishop served as publisher and editor of the Chronicle for more than five decades until his death. In his obituary in the Crossville Chronicle of March 9, 1950, Bishop was recognized as “the most eager apostle of progressive developments in the [Cumberland] Plateau section.”

In January 1915, the weekly- published every Wednesday – was forced to increase the cost of an annual subscription by 30 cents to $1.50 due to losses in local advertising and in the paper’s job printing businesses. “It may be something of a surprise to some to know that the Chronicle never did profitably support itself …,” Bishop explained to his readers, its financial struggles common to many small community newspapers. “It will require every cent of revenue available … for the paper to live,” Bishop wrote. To that end, the Chronicle charged six cents per line for obituaries and other announcements. The paper covered the news of Cumberland County, with a special focus on agricultural activity. Bishop did not include advertisements on the front page, but local and national ads did appear inside the newspaper.

Much of the Chronicle’s content was “boilerplate” matter – readymade print such as features and literary serials – purchased from the McClure Newspaper Syndicate, with agricultural information compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. News from smaller outlying communities such as Crab Orchard, Biglick, Pleasant Hill, and Big Sandy, received ample space in its columns. The Chronicle also featured the Mickie Says cartoon panel. Created by Charles Sughroe and syndicated through the Western Newspaper Union, the cartoon’s young protagonist was a “printer’s devil” (a junior member of the printing office with a variety of tasks), who reminded readers to support their local paper by paying subscriptions on time, taking out ads, or reporting local news.

Despite its early struggles, the Chronicle had a bright future. After 1931, Bishop’s son-in-law, George F. Brookhart, helped expand the newspaper’s circulation in the county, and in 1948, when Bishop retired from the day-to-day running of the paper, his grandson, Donald Brookhart, took over. The Chronicle remained in the family until the mid-1970s.

As of 2015, the Crossville Chronicle appears in print on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and online content is updated daily.

Provided By: University of Tennessee

About this Newspaper


  • Crossville Chronicle (Crossville, Tenn.) 1894-Current

Dates of Publication

  • 1894-current

Created / Published

  • Crossville, Tenn. : S.C. Bishop


  • -  Crossville (Tenn.)--Newspapers
  • -  Cumberland County (Tenn.)--Newspapers
  • -  Tennessee--Crossville
  • -  Tennessee--Cumberland County
  • -  United States--Tennessee--Cumberland--Crossville


  • Newspapers


  • -  Three times a week, Jan. 24, 1978-
  • -  Began in 1894. Cf. NIM.
  • -  Also issued on microfilm from Tennessee State Library and Archives.
  • -  Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
  • -  Description based on: Vol. 4, no. 20 (Apr. 11, 1894).


  • volumes : illustrations ; 54 cm

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Newspaper

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn85042757

OCLC Number

  • 12846719

ISSN Number

  • 2473-2702

Preceding Titles

Additional Metadata Formats


Rights & Access

The Library of Congress believes that the newspapers in Chronicling America are in the public domain or have no known copyright restrictions. Newspapers published in the United States more than 95 years ago are in the public domain in their entirety. Any newspapers in Chronicling America that were published less than 95 years ago are also believed to be in the public domain, but may contain some copyrighted third party materials. Researchers using newspapers published less than 95 years ago should be alert for modern content (for example, registered and renewed for copyright and published with notice) that may be copyrighted. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of an item and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use the item.

The NEH awardee responsible for producing each digital object is presented in the Chronicling America page display, below the page image – e.g. Image produced by the Library of Congress. For more information on current NDNP awardees, see

For more information on Library of Congress policies and disclaimers regarding rights and reproductions, see

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Crossville Chronicle Crossville, Tenn. -Current. (Crossville, TN), Jan. 1 1894.

APA citation style:

(1894, January 1) Crossville Chronicle Crossville, Tenn. -Current. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Crossville Chronicle Crossville, Tenn. -Current. (Crossville, TN) 1 Jan. 1894. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,