Johnson City Press to Launch New Website Design | Appalachian Highlands

The Johnson City Press will soon be getting a makeover.

Johnson City Press is expected to launch its new website by Thursday afternoon with a revamped site designed to provide a smoother and simplified user experience. The site can be accessed at

“Although our sites were still relatively young as far as websites go, we knew there were better, more user-friendly designs now,” said press editor Rick Thomason. “As we embarked on the launch of, we had a great preview of the new designs available and realized it was time to give our readers a friendlier and easier to navigate experience.”

Six Rivers Media is the parent company of Johnson City Press and Bristol Now, its newest online and weekly print product, launched last month.

For the press, the redesign includes a more targeted menu for online readers.

“I think the navigation and layout are the main improvements to the sites,” Thomason said. “The look itself will be radically different from what our readers have experienced in recent years. But beyond that, we’ve even stripped down the menu and removed some unused categories to make it easier to find information.

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News outlets in Johnson City and Bristol aren’t the only ones to benefit from a new online presence, however.

On Thursday, Six Rivers Media will also launch a new website for its other daily news outlet, the Kingsport Times-News. The company’s other weekly news outlets – the Jonesborough Herald & Tribune, the Erwin Record and the Mountain City Tomahawk – will also receive a website revamp in the coming months.

“While they’re all on the same basic model,” Thomason explained, “each will have its own color palette that sets it apart from the rest. The overall goal is to present our local journalism in a way that makes it easy to find and easily accessible.

“Six Rivers Media is the largest newsgathering operation in the Appalachian Highlands and we want visitors to our website to have the best access to the incredible work our reporters produce every day.”

The website URLs will remain the same for Johnson City Press and Kingsport Times News. For more information, email [email protected]

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