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Greeneville Sun

Greene County’s Hometown Newspaper


121 W Summer St
Greeneville, TN 37743
Last Updated: July 20, 2018


Special hours: Circulation Department is available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Saturday, 8 - 9 a.m.


About Greeneville Sun

The Greeneville Sun and its related predecessors have been “Greene County’s hometown newspaper” since 1879. The Sun is a fourth-generation, family-owned newspaper.

In 1916, Edith O’Keefe Susong acquired The Greeneville Democrat and spent the next several years working with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Henry O’Keefe, and a small staff to grow that publication to become the dominant newspaper in the Greeneville community.

Along the way, The Democrat acquired two rival newspapers, eventually becoming what is known today as The Greeneville Sun.

Mrs. Susong was a very active force in the newspaper and in her local community. She served as publisher of The Greeneville Democrat from 1916 to 1920, publisher of The Greeneville Democrat-Sun from 1920 to 1930, and publisher of The Greeneville Sun from 1930 until her death in 1974.

Mrs. Susong (known affectionately as “EOS”) and her mother, Quincy Marshall O’Keefe (“QMO”), are the only mother-daughter team in the Tennessee newspaper Hall of Fame.

In 1940, Mrs. Susong’s daughter, Arne, married John M. Jones III. After serving in the Pacific Theatre during World War II, Mr. Jones (ret. Lt. Col. U.S. Army) returned to Tennessee in 1945 and agreed to help his mother-in-law with her company on a “temporary” basis.

Until his death in 2016, Mr. Jones continued as the publisher of The Greeneville Sun, a position he had assumed in 1974 upon the death of Mrs. Susong.

Mr. Jones was instrumental in establishing the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in 1951.

Several members of the Jones family currently hold active roles in the management of the award-winning newspaper, which publishes six days per week.

The Greeneville Sun also operates The Greeneville Neighbor News, a free weekly publication;, the most visited local website in Greene County; and Greeneville Marketplace, an online business directory of more than 2,000 local businesses.

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Artie Wehenkel is the Director of Advertising at The Greeneville Sun.

Wehenkel started as an Account Executive At The Greeneville Sun in March of 1989. He was named Director of Advertising in January of 2003. His responsibilities include directing the advertising departments for The Greeneville Sun, The Greeneville Neighbor News and including print and online sales.

Prior to joining The Greeneville Sun Wehenkel worked with a regional automotive group as a Sales Manager

He attended Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN.

Wehenkel is an Honorary Life Member, as well as past president of the MidAtlantic NAME Association and currently serves on the MidAtlantic NAME Scholarship Committee. He has been actively involved in his community where he is a past president of The Greeneville Kiwanis Club and currently is serving his second term on The Greene County Partnership Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Greeneville Masonic Lodge Hall #3, Free & Accepted Masons.

Artie can be reached at 423-359-3160 or

Artie is married to Tenna Hayes Wehenkel, a Case Administrator in the United States Bankruptcy Court in Greeneville. They have two married children and four grandchildren.

Artie loves family, friends, traveling and golf.

Wendy is the Tri-Cities Account Manager for The Greeneville Sun Newspaper. She services businesses from the Jonesborough, Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol and surrounding areas. Thanks to almost 20 years of experience in television and newspaper, she has a well rounded knowledge of media sales and marketing. She loves the daily interaction with new people and developing new strategies to help her clients grow their business. A past small business owner herself, Wendy has empathy and experience to help small budgets maximize their potential for big results. By using knowledge of the market, smart strategies and creative ideas, Wendy can help you with a marketing schedule to fit any budget.

A graduate of Chuckey Doak High School, Wendy also holds a Bachelor of Science from ETSU. She worked in television for 14 years before she began working for her hometown newspaper, The Greeneville Sun in 2006. At WEMT Fox 39, she was the Program Director, Webmaster and National Sale Manager. She also programmed two other television stations, WLOS in Asheville, North Carolina and WBSC in Greeneville, South Carolina

She has two delightful daughters. Together the family tries to expand their experiences and perspective through traveling to new locations for every vacation. In Wendy's spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and family, playing with any new technological gadget and can often be found puttering in her yard attempting to garden.

Contact: 423-359-3106

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