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Herald & Tribune wins two firsts in recent TPA contest

Jonesborough’s Herald & Tribune walked away from the Tennessee Press Association’s 2015 newspaper competition with 10 awards, two of which were first place honors.
“Being recognized by fellow journalists for excellence comes in second only to being recognized by our readers,” said Herald & Tribune Publisher George Coleman, who was on hand for the July 16 awards ceremony held in Knoxville.
“Congratulations to our current staff Lisa Whaley, Karen Sells, Charlie Mauk, John Kiener, Jeanne Cope and Don Graham, as well as former staff members Bea Casey, William Cummings, Meghan McCoy, Amy Holmes and Lynn Richardson. Their hard work, dedication, and skill are what makes the Herald & Tribune a great community newspaper.”
Co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee, this year marks the 75th anniversary of the contest.
Competing in the Group I category against other newspapers in the state with a circulation of 5,000 or less, the Herald & Tribune won first place in the category of Best Special Issue or Section for its 145th Anniversary Issue, celebrating the paper’s continuous publication since 1869.
Jonesborough’s community newspaper was also awarded first place in the category of Best Education Reporting.
Other awards include: Best Personal Humor Column, third place, Jeanne Cope’s “Holiday brings time to be happy;” Best Single Editorial, third place, Lynn Richardson’s “Mars may tempt some but we’ll stay put;” Best Feature Photograph, third place, Charlie Mauk’s “Celebrating Jonesborough Days 2014;” Investigative Reporting, fifth place, Karen Sells for her series on the debate over Washington County commissioners’ benefits; Best News Photograph, fifth place, Charlie Mauk’s “Luke supporters ride to success;” Best Personal Column, fifth place, Jack Van Zandt’s “Ferguson events raise questions;” Community Lifestyles, third place; and Editorial, fifth place.