Metro Market Media, a newly formed company owned by Charles H. Morris Jr., has bought The Times (Gainesville, Georgia) and The Poultry Times from Morris Multimedia, the law firm Grimes, McGovern and Associates reported. Morris's father Charles H. Morris Sr. is CEO of Morris Multimedia.
In another transaction, Morris Sr. also sold the Forsyth County News (Cumming, Georgia) and Dawson County News (Dawsonville, Georgia) to Morris Jr. and Metro Market Media. Morris Jr. has been regional manager of the three papers for a dozen years.
Those Georgia papers were owned by Morris Multimedia and an affiliated company, Swartz-Morris Media.
"With the purchase of the media companies in these three exceptional markets, we plan to position ourselves for longtime success in the communities we serve. Having them under a single ownership will allow us to be more efficient and customer oriented in everything we do, while continuing to provide quality journalism," Morris Jr. said in the Gainesville paper.
"This is a family transaction that will allow us to have an affiliated relationship with MMI, while at the same time establishing ourselves as an independent company with these three properties, all of which have great potential," Morris Jr. said.