The weekly insiders newsletter on Tennessee government, politics, and business - since 1975

About The Tennessee Journal:

The Tennessee Journal is published weekly except for one week in June, one week in September, and the week of Christmas for an introductory price of $247 per year.

Our Address:
BLR®— Business & Legal Resources

100 Winners Circle Suite 300
P. O. Box 5094
TN 37024-5094

To contact our office, call 800-727-5257.

  • Editor: Erik Schelzig -
  • Vice President/Legal: Brad Forrister
  • Founder: M. Lee Smith
  • Contributing Editor: Jackson Baker
  • Contributing Editor: Tom Humphrey
  • Editorial Coordinator: Rustin Suray

The Tennessee Journal is printed and mailed to subscribers each Friday, 49 weeks per year. On the same day, it is also emailed in PDF format to all subscribers who wish to receive it in this manner. It is also posted on the Journal’s website on Friday, available to subscribers only. There is no additional charge for receiving both the PDF and print versions.


The Tennessee Journal is a copyrighted publication. Just as with the printed newsletter, paying customers are entitled to share the pdf version, provided no more than one copy per issue is printed. Customers are not granted permission to duplicate the file, send it to anyone else, or print out multiple copies, as photocopying or reproducing in any other form in whole or in part is a violation of federal copyright law and is strictly prohibited without the publisher’s consent.


Erik Schelzig, who writes and edits The Tennessee Journal, covered state politics and government in Nashville for The Associated Press for 12 years, with previous stints in Florida and West Virginia. He was named editor of the Journal in January 2018.

Brad Forrister, a former editor of The Tennessee Journal, has been involved in the publication in multiple capacities for more than three decades. He is vice president/legal for BLR, of which M. Lee Smith Publishers, publisher of The Tennessee Journal, is a division.


Tom Humphrey, retired Nashville bureau chief for The Knoxville News-Sentinel, is a contributing editor for The Tennessee Journal. Humphrey, who continues to edit a popular political blog and write a weekly column for the News-Sentinel, has covered the legislature since 1980, originally for United Press International. He is a graduate of the Nashville School of Law.

Jackson Baker, contributing editor for The Tennessee Journal, has covered the Tennessee political scene for decades. He is a senior editor of the Memphis Flyer.