The announcement was made by Ed Fowler, editor and publisher of the newspaper.
“It is gratifying to move a long-time employee into a position that fits him so well. And that is the case with Jim Smothers and this new job,” Fowler said. “As Commentary Editor, Jim’s main role will be to write the editorials that run down the left side of the editorial page each day.
“He will also edit letters to the editor, syndicated columns we run and local op-ed pieces on topics of local interest. He and I will work closely together. We are forming an editorial board at The Daily Home that will include Smothers, Janice Keith, associate editor of the paper, and me.”
Smothers grew up in Gadsden where he graduated from Gadsden High School. He received degrees from Jacksonville State University and the University of Montevallo. In 1979 he came to work for The Daily Home as a photographer and has served in a number of capacities since then.
He became chief photographer and maintained the newspaper’s word processing system and pre-press color separation system until the paper changed to a desktop publishing system that put computers in control of that kind of work.
When The Daily Home launched a website in the early days of newspapers relating to the Internet, Smothers managed that website until that work was centralized within Consolidated Publishing Co ., the parent company of The Daily Home and the Anniston Star.
In recent years, he has served as special projects editor, managing editor and co-editor of Lakeside magazine. He has written extensively for the newspaper and its other products, contributing feature stories, sports, news, columns and editorials.
He has won more than 50 awards from the Alabama Press Association and the Associated Press Managing Editors association of Alabama.
Smothers is a member and past-president of the Talladega Rotary Club. He is married to Dr. Sinikka Smothers, a teacher at the Alabama School for the Blind. She is a native of Kangasala, Finland. They met at the International House at JSU.
The Smothers attend Word Alive International Outreach in Coldwater and have two children. Their son Michael is a construction engineer, currently living in Dallas. Their daughter Mary and her husband Dennis Norton live in Huntsville with their three children.