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Front Page - Friday, July 19, 2019

Herald wins 5 first-place awards in state competition

The Hamilton County Herald has won five first-place awards in the annual University of Tennessee/Tennessee Press Association newspaper competition.

The Nashville Ledger and Knoxville Ledger, both sister publications, won four and five first-place awards, respectively. The three publications had a combined 30 top-five commendations.

Chattanooga’s first-place winners are:

• Local features: David Laprad for a feature on Chattanooga attorney Chris Collins

• Community Lifestyles: Nancy Henderson for a feature on Drocella Mugorewera, executive director of Bridge Refugee Services in Chattanooga and Knoxville.

• Best Education Reporting: Nancy Henderson, Hollie Deese and Jeannie Naujeck

• Best Single Feature: David Laprad for a feature on Realtors Walter and Vanessa Amador

• Best Business Coverage: Hollie Deese and David Laprad

Knoxville’s first-place winners are:

• Best Business Coverage: Joe Morris, Linda Bryant, Mike Blackerby, Dave Link

• Best News Photo: Adam Taylor Gash for a cover story on the Sevier County mulching operation

• Investigative Reporting: Linda Bryant, Nancy Henderson

• Best Sports Writing: Rhiannon Potkey

• Local Features: Joe Morris, Hollie Deese

Nashville’s first-place winners are:

• Best Business Coverage: Bill Lewis, Hollie Deese, Jeannie Naujeck, Tim Ghianni, Tom Wood, Linda Bryant

• Investigative Reporting: Hollie Deese, for her story on I-440 reconstruction options.

• Public Service: Tom Wood, Kathy Carlson, Linda Bryant, Sam Stockard

• Personal Humor Column: Joe Rogers for his column on why John Prine is great but not a good fit for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Newspapers were competing against publications of similar circulation. The Nashville Ledger competed in Category 3, while the Knoxville Ledger was in Category 2 and the Hamilton County Herald in Category 1.