- Associated Press - Thursday, September 18, 2014

BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A southeast Missouri native has been named publisher of the Blytheville Courier News in addition to the Osceola Times - both in in northeastern Arkansas - and the Steele Enterprise and the Democrat-Argus in Caruthersville in southeastern Missouri.

Kennett native Shelia Rouse was announced as the publisher on Thursday - succeeding David Tennyson as publisher of the Courier News following his recent retirement.

Rouse has been publisher of the State Gazette in Dyersburg, Tennessee, since 2001. She also served as publisher for newspapers in Kennett, Dexter, Malden, Portageville, and Advance-Bloomfield - all in Missouri.

She will continue as publisher in Dyersburg.

Also joining the Courier News staff is Lisa Bryant, who is serving as regional advertising manager. Bryant has spent the last 13 years as general manager at the Democrat-Argus.

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Information from: Blytheville Courier News, https://www.couriernews.net

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