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Meet the Editorial Staff

Kelly GilfillanKelly Gilfillan

Owner, CEO. Executive Editor

Gilfillan is a Brentwood native whose diverse resume includes leadership positions in the fields of sales and marketing, including media and healthcare.

After a reorganization and expansion, Gilfillan assumed the titles of CEO and executive editor of Home Page Media Group. The company is approaching the eight year mark and now has six news sites and a style-centric site under the company umbrella. The sites serve the communities of Brentwood, Franklin, Nolensville, Spring Hill, Bellevue and Sumner County.

Gilfillan is an alumni of the Leadership Franklin Class of 2014, Brentwood Police Citizens Academy and the Transit Citizens Leadership Academy. She was recognized by the Nashville Business Journal as a 2015 Small Business Most Admired CEO and HPMG was honored with a Small Business Award. She enjoys serving her community in board positions with Williamson Inc, Davis House Child Advocacy Center, LION Publishers, Battle of Franklin Trust and Franklin’s Charge.

Mark CookMark Cook

Managing editor

Journalist Mark Cook joined the Home Page Media Group in August 2015 as managing editor.

Cook most recently was editor and general manager of The Tennessean’s Williamson County publications, and spent more than 30 years working for Gannett newspapers in Guam, Oregon and Washington. He also worked in TV news in Guam.

He replaces longtime local journalist Jim East, who held the role for the past year before retiring.

Cook, of Franklin, is married and has four grown children and four grandchildren. He also is the owner of a small business in Spring Hill, Wild Hare Beer Co.

Sam McGaw

Sam McGaw

Sports editor

McGaw joined Home Page Media Group as a freelance sports writer in July 2013, and took over as sports editor on Oct. 7 of the same year.

McGaw was born and raised in Brentwood and is a Western Kentucky University graduate, with a focus on broadcast news. His first exposure to journalism was in a TV Pro class his junior year at Brentwood High School, taught by Mark Madison.

Even though Madison passed away before the end of that school year, everything he taught helped McGaw get to where he is today. Without that class, and Ronnie Adcock taking over a year later, McGaw would have never considered studying broadcasting in college.

McGaw grew up playing football for the Blaze, baseball at Civitan and basketball for Jr. Pro. Then, he played football and rugby for Brentwood High School. In college, he was the captain of the WKU men’s rugby club.

Rebekah Jones

Assistant Editor 

Jones joined Home Page Media Group as the assistant editor and copywriter in January 2017.

Jones graduated from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a focus in Literature. She was most recently an intern for Chattanooga’s The Pulse and a freelance writer and editor for Storyboard Publishing EMP in Nashville.

She was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. When she’s not editing, she enjoys reading, sleeping, watching movies, and tasting any coffee she can get her hands on.

Cliff Hightower

Associate Editor, Spring Hill Home Page

Cliff Hightower is an award-winning journalist who has written at seven different publications and won awards from Tennessee to Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Communications with an emphasis in journalism.

Hightower has worked at publications such as the Knoxville News Sentinel, The Tampa Tribune and the Chattanooga Times Free Press, covering a variety of beats from police to politics. Besides his newspaper experience, Hightower is also a U.S. Army veteran and served as a Airborne infantryman in a Ranger unit. He has also written two novels, and published poetry and short stories in a variety of magazines.

He has two children, Carolina and Kellen and resides in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

A.J. Dugger III

Associate Editor, Franklin Home Page

A.J. Dugger has always enjoyed writing and telling stories. Hailing from Memphis, Tenn., Dugger graduated from Austin Peay State University in August 2009.

Since then, he has written for many publications including The Tennessee Tribune, Business Clarksville, The Leaf-Chronicle, The Tri-State Defender, The Murfreesboro Post, Clarksville Online and others.

Dugger is the author of two self-published books, The Dealers: Then and Now and Southern Terror. He has interviewed many celebrities during his career including Joe Theismann, Larry Holmes, Keisha Knight Pulliam, and Soledad O’Brien, to name a few.

Dugger now resides in Murfreesboro and is thrilled to be the associate editor of The Franklin Home Page.