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January 8, 2014

CJ’s first circulation manager dies at 80

Jerry Adkins was a community newspaperman


Somerset —

The late James L. “Jim Lee” Crawford, former publisher and editor of the Corbin Times-Tribune, responded to the copperhead story with a tongue-in-cheek suggestion that the snakes were not ill-tempered, only Pulaski County “blow snakes.”
Bill Mardis, then city editor of the Commonwealth Journal, fired back, defending the reputation of Pulaski County snakes, using Adkins as a witness to the ferocity of the baby copperheads. One column led to another and Humble Reporter was born.
Adkins had a sense of humor. He loved Pulaski County and its people. He knew names make news, and people love to read about what their friends and neighbors do. This is community journalism, a heartbeat of the area it serves.
Adkins left the Commonwealth Journal in 1974 to accept the job of circulation manager in Wheeling, West Virginia. He  and his wife, the former Alice Baker, owned and operated Cabell Record Newspaper in Milton, West Virginia, for 10 years.  
In 1989, Adkins became general manager for three weekly newspapers in Yadkinville, North Carolina. He returned to Kentucky in 1992 and retired from the Times Tribune in Corbin in 1995.
Adkins served in the U.S. Navy during the 1950s and was a member of the I.O.O.F. He was a Kentucky Colonel, member of the Kentucky and West Virginia press associations, and president of the Interstate Circulation Association.
Mr. Adkins body is at Somerset Undertaking Company. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, January 11, at First United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with Bro. Steve Spitzer officiating. Interment will follow at Somerset Cemetery.

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