Ownership of the DeSoto Times-Tribune in Hernando is passing to the next generation. Jonathan Pittman, who has worked in management at the paper for the past couple of years, is assuming ownership of the newspaper according to his father, Tom Pittman, managing partner of PH Publishing. The announcement was made May 23.
The Pittman family originally purchased the DeSoto Times from former owner Bill Bailey in 1997. The paper absorbed the former DeSoto County Tribune in 2007 from Emmerich Newspapers.
David Breland has been named a desk editor for The Greene County Herald in Leakesville. A recent graduate of Mississippi State, Breland was managing editor of The Reflector. He also has served as an intern for The Commercial Dispatch and is a Greene County native.
Jessica Bays has joined the Clarksdale Press Register as a staff reporter. A Coahoma County native, she is a graduate of Jackson State University and previously worked as a freelance writer. She succeeds Larry Binz at the Press Register.
The Clarion-Ledgerand Gannett Foundation are contributing a $10,000 grant to assist the American Red Cross in its tornado-relief efforts in Clinton and other communities that suffered from damaging storm systems that hit Mississippi in less than a week.
“We are happy to provide support in a very meaningful way,” said Clarion-Ledger President and Publisher Leslie Hurst. “We know that our neighbors in Clinton have suffered deep anguish and loss, and we hope this grant helps in some small way.”