The Mountain Advocate began publication in 1904. The newspaper was founded by Daniel W. Clark, a Kentucky native.
The Mountain Advocate is published weekly every Thursday and is sold at multiple business locations throughout the Tri-County area. The newspaper is also available through mailed subscription.
Currently owned by Mountain Advocate Media, Inc., The Mountain Advocate is also a member of the Nolan Group, which operates eight newspapers, two commercial printing facilities and one radio station in Southeastern Kentucky.
Prior to being purchased by Mountain Advocate Media, Inc. in October 2008, the paper was owned by the Wilson family. Bob Wilson and his wife Jan, served as president and vice-president respectively. Bob’s father, Cecil, was the publisher for 50 years, having purchased the operation in 1958 from business partner Earl Disney. Cecil, along with Disney, purchased the newspaper originally from former Kentucky governor Flem D. Sampson in 1942.
The Mountain Advocate continues its service as the most reliable source for news in Knox County, as it has now for well over 100 years.