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‘Herald & Tribune’ receives General Excellence Award

The Herald & Tribune, Jonesborough’s newspaper since 1869, is a repeat winner of the coveted General Excellence Award from the Tennessee Press Association.
The awards, presented Friday during a luncheon at the Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville, honor the best of Tennessee newspapers across the state.
The Herald & Tribune competed in Group One, non-daily newspapers 5,000 or less. The paper received 18 awards in all, taking six first-place awards for best feature writing, best community lifestyles, best spot news coverage, best public service, business writing and investigative reporting.
The awards recognized the efforts of Executive Editor Kristen Swing with a first-place award for best single feature — “Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep,” — a touching story of volunteer photographers who capture the images of infants who die at birth.
Swing also received first place for her coverage of the Washington County school bus crash.
Assistant Editor Karen Sells’ work on a story that uncovered a local constable’s prior felony conviction took first place for investigative reporting.
The entire news team received a first place and a Meeman Award for its public service campaign, “We Dig Jonesborough.” It also received first-place awards for coverage of local business news and for the lifestyles section of the newspaper.
The Herald & Tribune received three second-place awards, recognizing sports writer Chris Shields for best sports writing, Linda Poland for best personal humor column and Publisher Lynn Richardson for best single editorial.
Third-place awards included best education reporting and best single editorial. The newspaper had two fourth-place awards — website and best personal column.
The paper took fifth-place awards for best sports photograph, best feature photograph, as well as best local features, best personal humor column and best editorials.