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Sherri Gardner Howell

Title: Publisher
Contact: 865-981-9102

About Sherri Gardner Howell


When you sit around and play the "Chat Room" game -- where you ask yourself and your friends the questions Blount Today puts in the Chat Room each week -- the "Why did you choose the career you did?" question is a little hard for Blount Today publisher Sherri Gardner Howell to answer.

Not that there isn't a perfectly good, truthful answer. It's just that the answer is soooo embarrassing!

Truth is, Sherri became a journalist because she's lousy in math. What she intended to do when she came all the way from Lexington, Tennessee, to Knoxville (300 miles, step-to-step because you had to get off at Rockwood), was major in English, write the great American novel and win a Pulitzer by the time she was 30.

But English majors at the University of Tennessee have to take a full year -- 3 quarters, at the time -- of math. Journalism majors didn't have to take any, nada, zippo.

Welcome to Journalism, Ms. Gardner.

Luckily, it was a good fit. Journalism is fast-paced, populated with interesting people on both sides of the notebook and challenging.

Sherri's career centered around the Knoxville News Sentinel for almost 30 years where she was an obit writer, feature writer, entertainment editor, features editor and assistant managing editor.

Although she has always considered her most important job to be that of raising two wonderful sons and being a supportive wife, career has always been a driving force, and journalism a white-hot passion.

Then, in 2004, a strange thing happened. News Sentinel publisher Bruce Hartmann asked Sherri to set up shop in Blount County, where Scripps was beginning a brand new weekly newspaper that Mr. Hartmann would oversee.

Sherri said OK, but only for four months, just for the challenge of helping get a new paper started. She didn't know anything about Blount County, felt quite at home in Knox County, and, besides, there would be math involved in being a publisher.

Blount Today was born on Aug. 26, 2004, and Sherri has never looked back. Community journalism done right, the way it is at Blount Today, has always had her heart, and she loves her team, loves the community and really, really loves OUR newspaper.

Blount Today is Committed to Community. Sherri Gardner Howell, publisher of Blount Today, is so committed to Blount Today that she daily punches up her calculator, pours over budgets and does the math.

Sherri Gardner Howell

Position History

  • Publisher
    10/10/2007 - current

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Recent Work

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  • Dear Readers December 17, 2009 Published 12/16/2009 at 2:48 p.m. 1 Comment

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  • Dear Readers for Oct. 15, 2009 Published 10/14/2009 at 2:47 p.m.

    A couple of weeks ago, I was privileged to speak at a luncheon gathering in Knoxville of the fine women of the Friday Book Club. This book club has a proud history and a long tradition in East Tennessee. Matter ...

  • Dear Readers: Blount Today to close Published 10/10/2011 at 12:45 p.m. 6 Comments

    Blount Today to close

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  • Robinella on stage Published 07/20/2011 at 12:47 p.m.

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  • Judge Dale Young found dead at home Published 05/21/2011 at 8:13 p.m.

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  • A Cinderella story: Appalachian Ballet Co. stages impressive Spring show Published 05/04/2011 at 3 p.m.

    The Appalachian Ballet Company dancers told the audience a story Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17, and they never said a word. Amy Moore Morton, the company’s artistic director, established her own voice as a master storyteller the same weekend, and ...

  • Wheeling through the county: Tour de Blount offers four rides celebrating Blount beauty Published 05/04/2011 at 2:57 p.m.

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  • Alcoa Elementary dance celebrates school daughters Published 02/16/2011 at 3:53 p.m.

    Girls took center stage at Alcoa Elementary School on Thursday, Feb. 10, as the school celebrated girls at the first Father Daughter Dance. The dance -- while being just for the 3rd and 4th grade girls of the school -- ...

  • Chamber of Commerce dinner acknowledges lows, celebrates highs Published 02/07/2011 at 11:06 a.m.

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  • Olé!: Flamenco expert offers dance class before Clayton performance Published 02/07/2011 at 11:03 a.m.

    Famed Flamenco dancer Fanny Ara had Blount County seniors shouting, “olé!” on Tuesday, Feb. 1, when she took time to teach before the Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana performance at the Clayton Center for the Arts. Ara taught a group of ...

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