Alexander Statement on the Passing of Dean Stone

Posted on October 10, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 10, 2016 – U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on the passing of longtime Maryville Daily Times editor Dean Stone.

“It is hard to imagine Blount County without Dean Stone. For most of his 92 years he was our historian, storyteller, and editor-in-chief. His photographs of the Smokies and his eight books about county history line our libraries.   

“Other than lawn-mowing and paper routes, Dean gave me my first real job. When I was a student at Maryville High School during the 1950s, Dean began a feature in the Daily Times reporting the news in Blount County high schools. He named me school page editor for Maryville High. The pay was one penny for each inch of copy that I wrote. I turned in so many inches of copy that after the first edition, Dean limited the number of words each school editor could write. 

“Ever since, Dean Stone and his family have been close friends of the Alexander family. There is no one from whom I have learned more about my home county than from Dean Stone. Honey and I send our sympathy to his family.”

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