Mills joins Progress staff

Published 4:42 pm Monday, February 26, 2024

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The Claiborne Progress recently welcomed Samantha Mills as the publication’s new reporter.

Mills provided the following written statement introducing herself to the community.

“My name is Samantha Phipps- Mills, I was born and raised in Knox County, Kentucky, where my husband, Jason, and I are now raising my kids: Emily (15) Lilly Beth (14), Josie (12) and Maddox (6).

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I have always enjoyed working with my hands; therefore, I am passionate about vegetable gardening and flower gardens. My family and I have always owned quarter horses, and I have participated in – and won – horse shows all over Kentucky and Tennessee.

I also help coach my daughter, Lilly Beth’s middle school dance team. Where they just won second place at a Winchester, Kentucky, competition.

I started reporting in 2017 just because I needed a job. I have discovered that it’s not a job at all; it is a calling- it is my calling. I love connecting with people in a way where they feel comfortable telling me their stories, good or bad.

I look forward to connecting with Tazwell, New Tazwell and Harrogate communities. I expect to be a consistent advocate Of the truth in the news: the good, the bad and the ugly.

I am always available and there are multiple ways of contacting me. Consider me to have an ‘open door’ policy; I’m always here for you, Claiborne County. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve you all.”

Mills can be contacted via email at