Administration

Mark Stevens / Publisher


Mark directs the daily operations of the newspaper, developing policies and strategies that influence the overall direction of the Elizabethton Star. He and his management team work with a mutual goal in mind -- to produce the best newspaper possible. A Carter County native, Mark graduated from Hampton High School and East Tennessee State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communications/journalism in 1991 (and where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame nearly 20 years later). Prior to joining the Star in 2012, Mark served as an editor with the Johnson City (Tenn.) Press; executive editor and publisher of The Erwin (Tenn.) Record; and as community outreach editor with three Gannett-owned newspapers Louisiana.: The Daily Advertiser of Lafayette, the Daily World of Opelousas and The Times of Acadiana. He is the winner of numerous awards for excellence in journalism, business and history preservation.
Contact: mstevens@starhq.com

Patsy Johnson / Assistant to the Publisher


Responsibilities at the Star:
Patsy serves as executive secretary to the Publisher and as an administrative assistant. She also serves management as a liaison to the various departments of the paper, assisting in the daily operation of the newspaper.
Contact: pjohnson@starhq.com
Phone: 423-297-9065

Bart Shelton / Chief Financial Officer


Responsibilities at the Star:
Bart supervises all daily financial affairs of Elizabethton Newspapers. He also directly oversees all employees in the Accounting Department and Classified Department, Network Controller and Personnel Manager.
Contact: bshelton@starhq.com
Phone: 423-297-9047

Kristina Cruz / Human Resources and Accounting


Responsibilities at the Star:
Kristina plans and administers policies relating to all human resource activity. Her responsibilities includes payroll, accounts payable and various other accounting functions.
Contact: kblackburn@starhq.com
Phone: 423-297-9050

Kathy Hicks / Accounts Receivable Manager


Responsibilities at the Star:
Kathy maintains account receivable records and various other accounting functions.
Contact: khicks@starhq.com
Phone: 423-297-9051
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