Former Nashville Banner editor Eddie Jones was roasted at an honorary luncheon by a lengthy roster of former competitors, employees and colleagues from the halls of the city’s journalism, business and government communities. One of those competitors, former Tennessean editor and publisher John Seigenthaler got a chuckle out of Jones.
In addition to serving as the Banner editor and a legendary reporter in Nashville, Jones was also president of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and a former press secretary for Gov. Frank G. Clement.
Jones is closely associated with the Chamber’s drive to bring liquor by the drink to Nashville as well as the recruitment of Nissan to Middle Tennessee. Jones also fought in World War II as a fighter pilot.
The event took place at Belmont University Thursday and was jointly sponsored by the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Nashville chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.