January 2, 2014
Longtime Daily News employee and former publisher James Timon (J.T.) Hurst passed away on New Year’s Eve at Middlesboro ARH Hospital. He was 76 years old.
Hurst worked in every facet of publishing the Daily News during his time at the business. As an 8-year-old boy, Hurst became a newspaper carrier, spending free time watching the press roll. During his senior year in high school, he worked full-time for the newspaper as an assistant circulation manager.
From 1958-68, Hurst was the printing department manager for the Daily News. He was then promoted to production superintendent from 1968-74. From 1974-81, he was advertising director and then became production superintendent, mailroom supervisor and equipment and supplies superintendent.
On Nov. 26, 1990, Hurst was named publisher by Pauline Burnett, regional manager for American Publishing Co., which had acquired the newspaper from the New York Times only a few days earlier. In 1994, he was named Publisher of the Year by the American Publishing Company. He retired from the Daily News in 2005 after over 51 years of service.
Information regarding Hurst’s funeral arrangements can be found on the obituary page.