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Carroll County News-Leader wins ten TN Press Awards

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Awards luncheon held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville

ATTENDEES – Attending the Tennessee Press Awards Luncheon (from left) were Holly Roeder and Kendall Patterson from the Chester County Independent; Dresden Enterprise editor Ron Park, Carroll County News-Leader editor Shirley Nanney; The Leader editor Echo Day; Magic Valley Publishing bookkeeper Tracy Bobbitt; and API administrative assistant and operations manager Raven Trevathan.

Newspaper publishers, editors, writers and designers won top awards August 26, in the Tennessee Press Association’s 2022 newspaper contest co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee System, which has been a part of the annual event since 1940.

The Carroll County News-Leader came away with ten awards from the luncheon.

AWARDS – Carroll County News-Leader sports editor Ron Park and editor Shirley Nanney hold the ten press awards the newspaper won at the Tennessee Press Awards luncheon held in Nashville on Aug. 26. Park is now the editor of the Dresden Enterprise.

Among the awards were a first-place for Makeup and Appearance, second-place in Editorials, second-place in Best Single Editorial, third-place in Best Breaking News, third-place in Coronavirus News Coverage, fourth-place in Coronavirus Features Coverage, third-place in Local Features, fifth-place in Best Sports Writing, and fifth-place in Best Sports Coverage.

“These awards show that the Carroll County News-Leader’s staff is interested in bringing you the latest news and works very hard at doing it,” said editor Shirley Nanney. “It is our goal to always produce a quality product.” 

Christy Slaman, Tracy Kelley and Jennifer Fox are the graphic designers who do a great job every week and are responsible for the first place Makeup and Appearance award.

“I can sing their praises, because week in and week out they give it their all and want the newspaper to turn out looking good,” said Nanney.

Attending the luncheon were Ray and Shirley Nanney, Ron Park, Raven Trevathan, Tracey Bobbitt, Echo Day, Scott Whaley, Holly Roeder, Kendall Patterson.

The Tennessean (Nashville), Kingsport Times-News, The Nashville Ledger, The Standard Banner (Jefferson City) and Brownsville Press won the top general excellence awards in their respective divisions at the association’s ceremony, held in Nashville. Points were awarded for each entry, and general excellence honors were based on the newspaper’s total points in their division. The Tennessean won 14 first-place awards. The Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Kingsport Times-News each received seven first-place awards. The Johnson City Press won six first-place awards. As part of the annual contest, newspapers winning first-place awards in the categories of Editorials, Best Single Editorial, and Public Service received $250 prizes from UT’s Edward J. Meeman Foundation. The Tennessean and the Kingsport Times-News swept the awards for their divisions, winning in all three categories.

Sixty-seven newspapers submitted a total of 1,130 entries.  The entries were judged by members of the Hoosier State Press Association.

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