A Corinth man has been named editor of a weekly newspaper in West Tennessee.

Kendall Patterson was recently promoted to editor at the Chester County Independent based in Henderson, Tenn. A spring 2019 University of Mississippi journalism/print graduate, Patterson was hired as a staff writer at the Independent in July 2019.

A 2015 Corinth High School graduate, Patterson previously served as an intern at the Daily Corinthian, writing news and feature stories while he was an Ole Miss student. He was also a weekly panelist on Pigskin Picks on the sports page. He is the son of Cheryl Patterson of Corinth and he also has a sister from Corinth, Mia Patterson.

“Kendall has done an outstanding job during his nearly two years at the Independent,” said Independent Publisher Scott Whaley. “He has embedded himself in this community and can be found at sporting events, government meetings and other local events.”

Patterson said he enjoys the work and the time spent getting to know the community.

“I’ve really come to enjoy covering the local students whether it be for athletics, theatre or other extracurricular activities or achievements they may have going on. My hope is that I am helping their families save those moments and memories. The students have really affected my heart by yelling out to me when they see me in the most enthusiastic manner and expressing how they like having me around. Chester County residents have opened their arms to me in multiple ways,” he said. “Over the span of time that I’ve been here, I can say that there are multiple individuals and families I can always rely on.”

In his spare time, Patterson enjoys photography, digital media-related projects, poetry and watching and keeping up with all things Marvel and DC Comics.

In addition to his personal hobbies, he spends time each day increasing the newspaper’s social media presence on both Facebook and Instagram and searching for new content to interest more readers.

“I have made countless hires in the last 40 years and Kendall ranks right up there as one of the best,” said Whaley. “We are proud of him and glad to make this very deserving promotion.”


A 1981 University of Tennessee - Martin graduate, Mark Boehler has over 40 years of journalism experience. His wife Dawn is the love of his life and they share five grown children and 10 grandchildren. His passion is his work - writing and photography.

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