Carlock will be replacing a portion of the duties of Vyron Mitchell, and also of his wife Cynthia, both of whom are retiring at the end of this week. Vyron has served in the position of editor and general manager for nine years and Cynthia has been ad manager for the past eight years.
Carlock grew up in Trenton, in Todd County, where she graduated from Todd Central High School, and moved to Clarksville with her family two years ago.
Her first job in the newspaper industry was as a district sales manager in the circulation department of the Leaf-Chronicle in Clarksville, where she was tasked with managing newspaper carriers and increasing the newspaper’s circulation numbers.
“Being in the circulation department at a daily newspaper is no picnic, especially when you have a down route,” she said.
In 2004, Carlock moved into the advertising department as an advertising consultant, and was able to work with business owners in the Clarksville area, and in 2005 was named Sales Person of the Year. She attributes her success to making the customer’s success her top priority.
Shortly thereafter she was promoted to advertising sales manager at the Leaf-Chronicle and had the fortune of attending several management and marketing courses, which she said helped her expand her knowledge of the advertising department and the newspaper in general.
“Mary Beth has been working hard for the past two weeks at our office learning about The Cadiz Record,” the current general manager said. “She is a hard worker, has shown she is willing to learn and should lead the newspaper to better heights.
“I will miss my many customers and the relationships I have built over the years and I know you will soon have a similar with Mary Beth,” his wife commented.
“I am extremely excited and honored to join the staff of The Cadiz Record,” Carlock said. “If you see me around town – and you will – please say hello and introduce yourself. If you see something in The Cadiz Record that you really like, please let me know that, too,” she said.
Mitchell, who has been in the newspaper business since he was a young boy, and his wife, will travel to Florida for a few weeks to visit with her mother and step-father before returning to their home in Tennessee.
A reception was held last Thursday night at the Renaissance Center where a large crowd gathered to wish the couple well.
“We’ll both miss the newspaper business, Cadiz and the many friends we have made during our time here,” Mitchell said.