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Jim Hipps is a product of the Deep South. Born in Helena, Arkansas, he lived in five different Southern states as a child, and most of his early education was in the public school system in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Memphis State University and the University of Tennessee, before joining the Army during the Vietnam War.
While serving in the military, he was a reporter for, and editor of, two Army newspapers, and a correspondent for the “Stars & Stripes – Pacific.” After his tour of duty, he began a successful 40-year career in both print and broadcast journalism.
By the time he retired in 2006, he had been the owner and publisher of: “PMT: Pulmonary Medicine & Technology,” a national medical trade journal, and had held almost every position in a radio or television newsroom. He served as a News Director, Assignment Editor, Anchor, Reporter, Photographer, and Talk Show Host, working at WREC-AM-FM-TV (now WREG) in Memphis, Tennessee; WSAV-TV in Savannah, Georgia;, KETK-TV in Tyler, Texas, and WFAA-TV in Dallas.
Jim has one son, Alan, who lives in Florida pursuing a pro-golf career. Both Jim and Alan are rabid fans of the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Cowboys. (Jim’s wife, Amelia, says she becomes a basketball widow while the Mavericks are playing.)
In 2006, Jim joined Amelia at their present home in Lebanon, Tenn., where she was the managing editor of the local daily newspaper. In 2011, the couple founded Capitol Newswatch LLC, a news service for small, community-based newspapers across the state. They are the proud parents of four, four-legged children - Trixie Anne, John Coal, Onyx Jasmine, and Sir Robert Redbone.