By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Southern Standard Team

Patricia Zechman

Circulation Staff

Dale Stubblefield

Circulation Director

Susan Newby

Circulation Clerk

Vickie Scott

Circulation Clerk
Newsroom Staff
James 2.jpg

James Clark

Standard editor James Clark loves cheese pizza, evening jogs, and rock ‘n roll.

A father of two and husband of one, he has been in the newspaper industry for 24 years, including 22 at the Standard.

James enjoys making holes-in-1 at mini golf, working outside in his yard, taking a dip in the Barren Fork River, and he once won a karaoke contest.

An NFL fan and big supporter of the Tennessee Titans, he has media credentials to take pictures from the sidelines during games. His mancave is filled with pictures he has taken of NFL stars, including Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Eddie George, and Aaron Rodgers.


Margaret Hobbs

Lifestyles Editor

Margaret Hobbs started with the Southern Standard in 1993 as editor of the children’s newspaper, the Mini Standard, working with 12 area schools. Over the years, she has added the duty of Lifestyle editor and finds joy in interacting with folks and presenting their “happy” news. Margaret has been married to her childhood sweetheart, Michael, for almost 50 years. Her spare time is spent traveling, and enjoying her three daughters and six grandchildren.  

Lisa Hobbs, new mugshot.jpg

Lisa Hobbs

City & County News Reporter

Lisa Hobbs has been a local government news reporter for the Southern Standard since 2004. She started her career by covering city meetings. In 2016, she accepted the added responsibility of being the county reporter. When she’s not keeping a watchful eye on elected officials, she covers other aspects of news reporting such as school-related activities, human interest articles, structure fires, motor vehicle wrecks, and a weekly column called “Just A Thought.”


Jeffery Simmons

Sports Editor
Jeffery Simmons has worked at the Southern Standard for eight years. After graduating from the University of Tennessee, Simmons accepted the sports writing position in 2010. He has also served as a composer and advertising director at the Standard. He is currently in his fourth year as sports editor, where he’s been honored as the Tennessee Press Association sports writer of the year in 2015. Simmons is graduate of Warren County High School.

Simmons is a sports fanatic, supporting the University of Tennessee football team, San Antonio Spurs and Jacksonville Jaguars. His fandom has taken him all over the United States, including trips to Oregon, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Texas to see the Vols.

IMG_6117 2.jpg

Lacy Garrison


The Standard’s newest reporter Lacy Garrison has a journalism degree from Lipscomb University and a master of arts from Tennessee Tech University. She joined the editorial team in March.

After moving home to McMinnville with her husband Ross, she enjoys small town life and spending time with her family.

A few of Lacy’s favorite things include, Dove dark chocolate, chips and salsa, Harry Potter and Halloween. If you want to follow along with her adventures, check out her weekly column “Livin’ la Vida Lacy”, which runs on Wednesdays.

She says complimentary calls and emails are greatly appreciated, but hate mail will be filed in the waste bin.

Seth Wright.jpg

Seth Wright

Graphic Designer
Seth Wright began his Southern Standard career in May 1997. Since that time, he has served as graphic designer and editorial design supervisor, directing much of the look of the newspaper as well as contributing cartoons. Wright also serves as production manager of the children’s newspaper, the Mini Standard, and provides art work for the Mini Standard’s coloring contest and school calendar.

When not working at the newspaper, Wright enjoys spending his time with his wife, Ashley, and going to Nashville Predators games. He has been a Predator season ticket holder since 2000. 

Advertising Staff

Phyllis Vanatta


Brinda Buckner

Advertising Clerk

Nolan Esparza

Graphic Design

Eric Alexander

Graphic Design

Jack Eslick

Advertising Representative

Leslie Zechman

Advertising Representative

Atlanta Northcutt

Advertising Representative