The Tompkinsville News is believed to be the oldest business in Monroe County operating continuously under the same name.
The very first issue of the Tompkinsville News was published in June of 1903, with the date of that issue believed to be June 20. John Emerson Leslie, of Tompkinsville, began his new paper after purchasing equipment from the Tompkinsville Enterprise, a publication that apparently evolved from the county’s very first locally published newspaper, which had ceased publication a short time before Leslie’s purchase. Leslie named his new publication The Tompkinsville News. Source