Tennessee’s Most Curious Titles

Over the course of the Tennessee Newspaper Digitization Project, I’ve come across thousands of newspapers. Many of them have names commonly associated with newspapers in most English-speaking countries, for example, the Times, the Sentinel, the Gazette, and so on. Others have been a little more inventive. Here is a list I compiled over the years of Tennessee newspaper titles that I found interesting:

Academist, The Lawrenceburg
Black Cat Herald, The
Black Kitten Herald, The
Breeder and Turfman Nashville
Busy South Summertown/Lawrenceburg
Button Buster Rhea Springs
Carthage Casket Carthage
Chanticleer Pulaski
Consolidated Fanciers Journal Nashville
Current Breeze Bells, Crockett Co.
Dental Headlight Nashville
Drugman Nashville
Established Fact Murfreesboro
Expositor, The Shelbyville
Fairy, The Chattanooga
Family Visitor Waynesboro
Forked Deer Blade Jackson
Gabfest, The Jackson
Gas Bag, The Paris
Golden Rule Pilot various Mississippi river towns
Gossiper, The Dresden
Holiday budget Knoxville
Home Altar McMinnville
Industrious Hen Knoxville
Javelin, The Cleveland
Jellico Carry‐on Jellico, Campbell Co.
Johnson’s Store Trumpet Mount Juliet
Jolly Tennessean Charlotte
Kind Words Memphis
Knickerbocker News Jackson
Light for Thinkers Chattanooga
Mt Juliet Farrago Mt Juliet
Magic City Star Harriman
Mayfield’s Happy Home Memphis
Mrs Grundy of Grundy Tracy City
Morristown Siftings Morristown
Morristown Spy Morristown
Mountain Ears Spencer
New Idea Burns
Open Door, The Winchester
Orthopolitan Nashville
Rescue, The Shelbyville
Rough and Ready Nashville
Sandy Sampson’s own Memphis
Silkworm Chattanooga
Silver Dollar Jacksboro
Solid South Bartlett, Shelby Co.
Southern Atlas, The Brownsville
Southern Cycler Memphis
Spirit of the Farm Nashville
State Wheel
State Wheel and Blade
Sunny Clime Sherwood
Tennessee River Wave Parsons
Tennessee Tomahawk Mountain City
Tiger Rag Memphis
Trumpet of Liberty Pulaski
Unconditional, The Harrison
Weekly Regulator, The Jasper
Western Cabinet Fayetteville
Western Mercury Columbia
White County Favorite Sparta
Woman’s Appeal, The Jonesborough