Horne and Williams named to editorial staff at Herald
By Kerri Bartlett, Assistant Editor
Pam Horne, managing editor, and Joe Williams, sports editor, come full circle in their new positions, following intermittent work with the Williamson Herald over the past several years.
“I am extremely excited to bring Pam Horne and Joe Williams to the Herald to lead us in news and sports,” Publisher Derby Jones said.
“I have worked with both talented writers since I purchased the paper in 2006, and they have already contributed to our success in so many ways. I am pleased to have them in a full-time capacity now. They bring experience and leadership and know Williamson County.”
“They will be an asset to our news coverage and to the community.”
Pam Horne, a Kentucky native, grew up in Williamson County and has been writing the stories of local people for more than 20 years.
She worked as senior acquisition editor for Providence House Publishers and served as communications director for Williamson Medical Center. She has written for local publications including Southern Exposure Magazine, The Tennessean, and The Review Appeal in addition to the Herald.
Horne lives in Franklin with her husband, Joe, and two sons Griffin and Garrison.
She recently received much community acclaim as co-author of Born for America: The Life of Inge Meyring Smith.
“I have enjoyed working closely with the Herald over the last several years and watching the paper grow to become such an integral part of the community,” said Horne. “It is an honor to be able to contribute my skills to such a respected organization and work with such talented people.”
“Williamson County has been home to me since I was in elementary school, and I look forward to working with the Herald staff and continuing to tell the stories of a community and its people,” Horne said.
Williams has had an eclectic career spending six years as a freelance writer and columnist for the Herald.
While in high school, where he served as president of the Tennessee High School Press Association, Williams also began working in radio in Nashville and hosted one of the first sports-talk shows at WMAK-AM. The connection led him to the historic race track at the Fairgrounds in Nashville, where he became the youngest PR director on the Cup circuit in 1984.
Williams was one of the original hosts of Sports Night, along with Duncan Stewart and Rick Baumgartner, in 1987. He left full-time radio and racing in 1989 to pursue a career in solid waste management and was most recently the Solid Waste Director for the City of Franklin, leaving that post in 2008.
“I have been extremely blessed to have a wide range of experiences and opportunities in my life,” he said. “I’m honored by the chance to do two of the things I love most, write and cover sports, at the Herald.”
A member of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and the Fairgrounds Speedway Hall of Fame, Williams will remain at the helm of Common Sense Consulting of Franklin. He and his wife Becky have lived in Williamson County for 25 years along with their daughters Staci and Amanda.
Posted on: 7/24/2013