T-G brings home press awards

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Times-Gazette news staff earned six awards at the University of Tennessee / Tennessee Press Association State Press Contest and 10 Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors awards during ceremonies held Friday in Nashville.

The Times-Gazette news and sports departments earned a combined 16 awards during Tennessee Press Association and Associated Press award ceremonies Friday in Nashville. Staff members are [from left, front] Gary Johnson, Editor Kay Rose, Sports Editor Danny Parker, [back] City Editor John Carney, Clint Confehr, Brian Mosely, Copy Editor David Melson, Sherri Frame, [absent] Doug Dezotell and Jimmy Jones. (T-G Photo by Sissy Smith)

"I am very proud of our editors and writers for their commitment to this community, exemplified through their fine stories and excellent photographs published in the Times-Gazette," said T-G Publisher Hugh Jones.

Entries in the TPA contest were judged by Louisiana journalists, while TAPME entries were judged by editors in Missouri.

In competition with daily newspapers across the state with 25,000 circulation and under, the T-G earned a first place award for "Best Feature Photograph" titled "Until We Meet Again." Editor Kay Rose captured this touching scene of a National Guardsman hugging his three children good-bye before leaving for Iraq last fall.

Other awards include second place for "Best Special Issue or Section," a publication titled "Final Bell" which focused on the closing of the old Central High / Harris Middle School building on Elm Street.

Other TPA awards were:

Fourth place, Copy Editor David Melson, Best Single Editorial titled "Shelbyville Biggest Need," regarding various city issues.

Fifth place, Editorials, a series of editorials written by the T-G staff.

Fifth place, Public Service, staff's coverage of the Veterans Monument at the courthouse.

Sixth place, Promotion of Newspapers.

Also, in the lone category for advertising, the T-G advertising department earned fifth place for "Best Single Advertisement" for an ad titled "Starring Grads." (The T-G advertising department earned numerous awards during its TPA convention earlier this year.)

In the TAPME contest, in competition with dailies of 10,000 circulation and under, the T-G topped the division. Sports Editor Danny Parker was the overall winner, earning first and third place in "Sports Photography" and first and third place in "Photo Journalism."

Also in TAPME photography, Rose's "Until We Meet Again" earned first place in the "Spot News" division.

In the writing category, Gary Johnson captured a first place award in "Sports-Outdoors Reporting" for his story titled "Playing Through the Pain." That story featured two Shelbyville Central High School soccer players who continued the season despite the pain of losing a grandparent.

In that same category, Clint Confehr placed second with his story about amputee athlete Willie "Termite" Buchanan titled "Termite Takes On The World."

In Features Reporting, the T-G netted second and third place. Brian Mosely's "Phenix City," the story of a Tullahoma resident's personal recollections of organized crime in Phenix City, Ala., during the 1940s and 1950s, placed second. Former T-G staffer Ann Bullard took third with "Souls for Sale," a story about Shelbyville resident Ted Lewis' trip to Thailand where he worked with children sold into prostitution.

In Daily Deadline Reporting, Melson placed third for his story about a local man caught in a sinkhole titled "I've Got to Get Out."

Submitted works were from 2005.