Boone Newspapers owns and/or manages newspapers and free shopping guides in 30 communities in Alabama, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio. With an emphasis on acquiring small-market newspapers, the company operates such publications as the Franklin County Times, The Brewton Standard and the Alexander City Outlook. Boone Newspapers has its corporate origins in Tuscaloosa Newspapers, a company that leased The Tuscaloosa News from Public Welfare Foundation from 1951 until 1981. The Picayune Item, then a weekly newspaper, was the company s first newspaper purchase in 1970. Boone Newspapers is located in Northport, Ala.