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Deadlines & Policies

The Tomahawk
118 S. Church St., Mountain City, Tennessee 37683
(423) 727-6121 phone; (423) 727-4833 fax

The Tomahawk is distributed throughout upper East Tennessee, Western North Carolina and Southwest Virginia. We print 3,700 copies weekly on Wednesdays.

Subscription Rates
1 year subscription (in Johnson County) $36.00

1 year subscription (outside Johnson County) $47.00

6 month subscription (in Johnson County) $23.00

6 month subscription (outside Johnson County) $29.00

(senior discount of $4 if requested)

Display Rates
Open Rate: $6.50 per column inch

Contract Rate: $6.15 per column inch

National Rate: $9.40 per column inch

Color Fee

$3 per column inch


16 page tabloid or 8 page broadsheet $310.00

20 page tabloid or 10 page broadsheet $345.00

24 page tabloid or 12 page broadsheet $400.00

28 page tabloid or 14 page broadsheet $450.00

32 page tabloid or 16 page broadsheet $500.00

Reservations for pre-printed advertising inserts must be made with our advertising department at least five days in advance and delivery arranged to the loading dock of the Kingsport Times News, 701 Lynn Garden Dr, Kingsport, TN 37662 no later than three days in advance.

Receiving hours are Monday and Friday 8 AM to 5 PM; Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8 AM to 7 PM. Inserts must be half-fold and on skids or in boxes.

Any insert with three different folds will be charged an extra $50.

Classified Rates
Classified Displays: $6.50 per column inch

Service Directory (minimum 3-month run with minimal copy changes):
$12.50 per week

Line Ads: $8.34 for 20 words or less, 34¢ for each additional word. Yard Sales: $10.00 for 20 words or less, 34¢ for each additional word.

Public Notices: $6.75 per column inch

In Memories (no picture): $15.00

In Memories (with 1 column picture: $20.00

Cards of Thanks (no picture): $15.00, up to 30 words, each additional line is .50 cents

Cards of Thanks (with 1 column picture): $20.00, up to 30 words, each additional line is .50 cents

Births (within 30 days): $12.00

Birthdays (within 30 days, up to age 12): $12.00

Birthdays (within 30 days, over age 85): Free

Anniversaries (within 30 days, with 1 column picture): $12.00

Anniversaries (within 30 days, with 2 column picture): $22.00

Anniversaries (50 years or more): Free

Weddings (within 30 days, with 2 column picture): $25.00

Engagements (with 2 column picture): $25.00

Our deadline for display advertising is 4:30 p.m. Monday, classified advertising and public notices is 12:00 p.m. Monday. For advertisers requiring proofs, the deadline is Friday noon. While we’ll try to assist you if you have any last minute additions, deletions, or changes, we cannot guarantee changes requested after the deadline.

News Page and Classifieds Page Mechanicals

1 column width 1 7/8 inches

2 column width 3 3/4 inches

3 column width 5 5/8 inches

4 column width 7 5/8 inches

5 column width 9 1/2 inches

6 column width 11 1/2 inches

Full page length 21 inches

Advertising Policies

The Tomahawk reserves the right to edit or reject any advertising.
A 25% setup fee will be charged for ads which are canceled before our published deadline. Charges for cancellation after our deadline has passed are 50% of the cost of the ad or $25, whichever is greater. No cancellation will be accepted after 12 p.m. Tuesday prior to publication on Wednesday of that same week.

While we’ll try our best, we can’t guarantee special placement for an ad. If placement is very important, though, see the Rate section for guaranteed page placement fees.

The Tomahawk should be notified of any errors in an advertisement before the next edition deadline. If the mistake is ours, we will publish a correction equivalent to the size of the error. Advance payment made for advertising which is inadvertently left out will be refunded. The newspaper’s liability is limited to the refund of unused advertising dollars.

Requests for tearsheets should be made at the time the ad is placed. Requests received more than 30 days after publication will be honored with affidavits of publication in lieu of tearsheets.

Payment Policies
Prepayment is required on political ads, personal ads, classified ads and going out of business advertising.

New accounts must be paid in advance until credit is established.
Payment is due 10 days following the invoice billing date. Credit will not be extended to accounts more than 60 days overdue. In the event an account must be turned over to an attorney or collection agency, the advertiser agrees to pay all collection costs, including reasonable attorney fees and court costs.

For Assistance
Display Advertising and Pre-printed Inserts
Call Rita Hewett (Extension 22)

Classified Line Ads, Display Ads and Legal Notices
Call David Holloway (Extension 10)

Call David Holloway (Extension 10)

Special Issues

We offer special issues throughout the year. Specific dates on special issues are available at the first of each calendar year. Mark your calendar to contact us for any special advertising needs. Special issues normally include, but are not limited to, the following each year: January: Year in Review, Wedding Guide. February: Valentines Sweethearts and Gifts, Readers Choice. March: spring Sports, Progress. April: Home and Garden, Little League. May: Mother’s Day, Damascus Trail Days, Graduation, Memorial Day. June: Father’s Day, Woman’s World, In Honor, In Memory. July: Sunflower Festival, First Responders Salute. August: Back To School, Fall Sports. September: Patriot Day Salute, Breast Cancer Awareness. October: Young at Heart, Pastor Appreciation. November: Basketball, Thanksgiving Greetings. December: Christmas Gift Pages, Christmas Greetings, Calendar.