CHATTANOOGA — The Daily Times won 25 Tennessee Press Association awards Thursday — five more than any other newspaper in its circulation group.
The awards, co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee and TPA, were presented at a luncheon Thursday during TPA’s annual summer convention.
Based on the points system, the Maryville paper finished second for the general excellence award, losing to Johnson City by seven points, the equivalent of one second-place and one third-place award.
The Daily Times won two first-place awards — for best education reporting by Amy Beth Miller, Melanie Tucker and Lesli Bales-Sherrod; and for best sports photograph by Joy Kimbrough.
Other TDT winners and awards were:
• Waylon Cunningham, second place for investigative reporting, for an examination of pharmacy benefit managers and their detrimental effects on mom-and-pop pharmacists; fourth place for best news reporting, for coverage of the opioids crisis; and fifth place for best single feature, for an opioid addict’s recovery.
• Miller, third place for investigative reporting, for coverage that a high school assistant baseball coach was fired for inappropriate texting of female students.
• Kimbrough, fourth and fifth places for best news photographs for capturing images during an animal cruelty raid and for coverage of a 6-year-old who went missing but was found safe. Her first-place award for best sports photograph from the Tennessee-Alabama football game drew a good-natured gasp from interim UT President Randy Boyd, who joked of the UT-Bama game reminder: “I didn’t need to see that.”
• Tom Sherlin, fourth place for best sports photograph for capturing a one-handed football catch.
• Tucker, fifth place for community lifestyles.
• Bob Norris, third place for best single editorial on a “head-scratching plea deal” given to a Vonore man who pleaded guilty in a 2017 crash that killed three people and injured three more.
• Steve Wildsmith, third place for best personal humor column, “Reflecting on the Great Cellphone Crisis of 2018.”
• Wes Wade, fifth place for best breaking news coverage on the missing, but found, 6-year-old at Top of the World subdivision.
• The late Mike Gibson, third place for best breaking news coverage of a fire that killed six in Alcoa.
• Marcus Fitzsimmons, fifth place for graphics/illustrations while competing in The Daily Times’ circulation category and against the state’s largest newspapers.
• Corey Roepken, Troy Provost-Heron and Taylor Vortherms, fourth place for best sports writing.
• Austin Bornheim, Provost-Heron, Roepken, Lauren Moore, Taylor White and Vortherms, third place for best sports coverage.
• Wade and Sarah Grace Taylor, second place for public service for coverage of the Blount Memorial Hospital embezzlement and the dysfunction of Greenback town government, respectively.
• Tucker, Miller and Wildsmith, third place for local features.
• Norris and J. Todd Foster, fourth place for editorials.
• Fitzsimmons and Mike Sisco, third place for headline writing.
• Cunningham, Norris, Sophie Grosserode, Bales-Sherrod and Rachel Totten, fourth place for best business coverage.
• Staff, fourth place for Sunday editions, including competition against the state’s metropolitan dailies; second place for makeup and appearance; and third place for best special issue or section, “Welcome to Blount County: An Evacuee’s Guide to the Peaceful Side of the Smokies.”