Tom Gentry came from middle Tennessee to Jefferson City in February 1956 when he purchased three small local newspapers from Circuit Judge George R. Shepherd of Newport. The newspapers were the Jefferson Standard, the Dandridge Banner and the Grainger County News. In the early 1960s, Tom sold the Grainger County News and combined the Standard and the Banner into what is still The Standard Banner.  When Tom began researching his family tree, he learned that one of his great-grandfathers, Robert Gentry, was an early settler of Jefferson County. Before coming to Jefferson County, he was editor and co-publisher of the Putnam County Herald in Cookeville. A Navy veteran, he participated in some of the major amphibious landings in the Pacific theatre in World War II while serving as an office and later the captain of an LCI.  Tom had said “we are always aware that today’s news is tomorrow’s history.”