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No. 1, nine times running

For the ninth consecutive year, The Erwin Record has captured the top general excellence award in its division in the Tennessee Press Association’s newspaper contest, co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee.
The honor was announced on July 15 at the TPA’s awards luncheon in Nashville.
General excellence honors are based on total points accumulated for awards in each of five categories, based on average weekly circulation, and include small and large daily and non-daily papers.
“I am proud to see The Erwin Record continue to gain state recognition for our county,” Keith Whitson, publisher, said. “It is truly a great honor for us as well as our readers to be judged as ‘the best’ for nine years straight.”
Aside from the 2011 general excellence award, The Erwin Record took home 19 additional awards, including eight first place honors, for community lifestyles, best single editorial, best personal humor column, best education reporting, public service, best news photograph, best sports photograph and best website.
The Erwin Record also captured second place honors in editorials, best news photograph and in investigative reporting. The publication earned third place awards in the categories of best personal column, best personal humor column, best single feature and investigative reporting. The staff earned fourth place honors in the categories of local features, headline writing, best single editorial and best news reporting.
As a part of the ceremony, the University of Tennessee’s Edward J. Meeman Foundation honored newspapers for their accomplishments in editorial writing and public service journalism with $300 awards in the categories of best single editorial, editorials and public service. The Erwin Record captured that award in two categories – best single editorial and public service.
The Edward J. Meeman Foundation was established in 1968 at UT to fund the contests, provide professional critiques of journalists’ work and support journalism students and faculty.
“I have been here for more than 25 years and feel that this staff is one of the most-talented I have worked with,” Whitson said. “They are truly a creative, hardworking team.”
The Erwin Record staff is comprised of Whitson, Managing Editor/Printshop Supervisor Anthony Piercy, Associate Editor Rebekah Harris, Staff Writer Dustin Street, Art Director Brian Reese, Print Shop Foreman Dennis Swift, Advertising Director Donna Rea, Circulation Manager Brenda Sparks, New Media Producer Michael Baker and Sports Writer Curtis Carden.