We took a quick look through the archives and nothing popped up, but I asked about early newspapers and newsletters associated with the school. She pulled out an archive box and graciously allowed me to take some quick snaps.
The School of the Evangelists was founded in 1893 by Ashley S. Johnson, so the first two papers, The Christian Watchman and The Querist, predate that. Here's a link to the history of Johnson University.
|The Christian Watchman - December 1, 1880|
|The Querist - January 1, 1890|
From what I can tell, the publications were of an evangelical bent, with a bit of school news tossed in.
|Kimberlin Review - September, 1902|
|Kimberlin Review - masthead (date not noted)|
|The World-wide Witness - January, 1904|
|Johnson Bible College News Letter - October, 1912|
|Johnson Bible College News Letter - October, 1913|
|Blue and White - October 15, 1928|
|The Monthly Kimberliner - January, 1950|
From what I saw, there wasn't much local news, although there were advertisers from downtown Knoxville in a few of the issues.
From archive.org I found the Periodicals of the Disciples of Christ and Related Religious Groups which list several of the publications that I've shown above.
I don't yet know the extent of the holdings of Johnson University. As with many interests, this requires more research.
I'd like to thank Denny Eaton and the staff of the Glass Memorial Library for permission to share these images.