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Privacy Policy / Terms of Use

At The Erwin Record, we are committed to giving you quality service. As part of that commitment, we gather information about customers, users of our website, (the “Site”), social media sites, and other services, as well as visitors so we can better serve you. The Erwin Record recognizes that the privacy and security of personal information is important to you. Because it is also important to us, we have implemented this Privacy Policy to tell you (1) what information we collect; (2) how we use that information; (3) with whom we may share it; (4) the choices you can make about how we collect, use, and share your information; and (5) how you can access our information about you.

Your use of our Site is acceptance and agreement to the practices that are described in this Privacy Policy, which is incorporated as part of the Terms of Use governing this website.


Information You Provide

The Erwin Record collects information in different ways when you interact with us, including when you:

  • Make purchases from us;
  • Create an account on our website;
  • Visit our social media sites;
  • Send us communications through email; and
  • Request to receive newsletters, notifications, or other communications from us.

Information you submit may include your name, email address, address, user name and password, payment information, and [any other data elements] (this list is not intended to be exhaustive). Entering one of our contests or sweepstakes, submitting an employment application, or using one of our community functions may involve our collection of further information from you.

Automatically Collected Information

We obtain and retain certain information automatically when you interact with our Site, emails, and online advertising. We use this information to enhance our services, create a more personalized experience, evaluate the operation and use of our Site, and to support our marketing campaigns. When you access and interact with the Site, we may collect certain information about those visits. For example, in order to permit your connection to the Site, our servers receive and record information about your computer, device, and browser, including potentially your IP address, browser type, and other software or hardware information. If you access the Site from a mobile or other device, we may collect a unique device identifier assigned to that device, geolocation data, or other transactional information for that device. We may collect this information using “cookies” and other website technologies (i.e., browser pixels, beacons, and Adobe flash technology).

“Cookies” and other website technologies are comprised of small bits of data that often include a de-identified or anonymous unique identifier. Websites, apps, and other services send this data to your browser when you first request a web page and then store the data on your computer so the website can access information when you make subsequent requests for pages from that service. These technologies may also be used to collect and store information about your usage of the Site, such as pages you have visited, content you have viewed, search queries you have run and advertisements you have seen.

Most browsers offer instructions on how to manage, control, and delete cookies in the Help section of the toolbar. You can change your settings to notify you when a cookie is being set or updated, or to block cookies altogether. You can also manually delete cookies from your computers. Please note that by blocking any or all cookies you may not have access to certain features, content, or personalization available through the Site.

Third parties that support the Site by providing services, such as tracking aggregate Site usage statistics, may also use these technologies to collect similar information. The Erwin Record does not control these third-party technologies and their use is governed by the privacy policies of third parties using such technologies.

Information from other Sources

We may supplement the information we collect with information from other sources, such as publicly available information from social media services, commercially available sources and information from our business partners.


Business Use and Disclosure

We use your information to offer and provide our products and services and to perform our business operations, including order or service fulfillment, internal business processes, marketing, authentication, loss and fraud prevention, public safety and legal functions. Examples of these functions include:

  • To provide the services you request;
  • To measure and improve the Site and other features.
  • To improve your experience with the Site by providing content you may find relevant and interesting.
  • To provide you with support and to respond to inquiries.
  • To allow third-party service providers – such as contractors, agents, or sponsors – to assist us in providing and managing the Site and performing the services you request from us.
  • To contact you and send materials and notifications related to the Site and The Erwin Record.

Sandusky Newspaper, Inc. (“SNI”) is the parent company of The Erwin Record. Accordingly, if you provide information to any of the businesses or websites owned or operated by SNI, we may merge and share that information with other current or future SNI entities, including affiliates and subsidiaries. We may also share personal information in the event of a corporate sale, merger, acquisition, dissolution or similar event. When the information collected from or about you does not identify you as a specific person, we may use that information for any purpose or share it with third parties.

Other Use and Disclosure

There may be instances when The Erwin Record may disclose your information where The Erwin Record has a good faith belief that such disclosure is necessary in order to:

  • Protect, enforce, or defend the legal rights, privacy, safety, or property of The Erwin Record, our employees, agents and contractors (including enforcement of our agreements and our terms of use)?
  • Protect the safety, privacy, and security of users of the Site or members of the public?
  • Protect against fraud or for risk management purposes? and
  • Comply with the law or legal process.


If you would like to access, review, correct, update, or otherwise request that we modify use of your personal information you have previously provided directly to us, you may contact using the information below. In your request, please include your email address, name, address, and telephone number and specify clearly what information you would like to access, change, update, or suppress. We will try to comply with your request as soon as reasonably practicable. For California residents, you may request that we not share your personal information on a going forward basis with unaffiliated third parties for their direct marketing purposes by emailing the contact provided above. We will try to comply with your request(s) as soon as reasonably practicable.

If you want to stop receiving materials and notification, you can contact us at the information below or by following the unsubscribe instruction that may appear in such communications. There are certain service notification communications that you may not opt-out of, such as notifications of changes to the Site or policies.

Email: [email protected]
Mail: 204 W Main St, Johnson City, TN 37604


The Site is for a general audience and is not intended for use by children under 13 years of age without permission from their parent or legal guardian. The Erwin Record does not knowingly collect information from children under 13 years of age. If you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 13 and believe your child has disclosed personally identifiable information please contact us and we will work to delete that information.


The Erwin Record works to use reasonable security measures to protect the confidentiality and integrity of personal information. For example, personal information maintained in hard copy records may be kept in locked locations or cabinets. We restrict the number of employees who have access to certain personal information. Employees who violate our privacy and security policies are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. We require the service providers who have access to your information to maintain the security of your information. We also mandate that our service providers only use the information solely for providing the services we request. We also work to use reasonable safeguards to protect your information in electronic format. However, we cannot ensure or guaranty the security of your information, so any information you provide to us is done so at your own risk.


Location of Data

The Site is hosted in and managed from the United States. If you are a user located outside the United States, you understand and consent to having any personal information processed in the United States. United States data protection and other relevant laws may not be the same as those in your jurisdiction. This includes the use of cookies and other tracking technologies as described above. As a result, please read this Privacy Policy with care.

Linked Services

The Site may also be linked to sites operated by unaffiliated companies, and may carry advertisements or offer content, functionality, newsletters, or applications developed and maintained by unaffiliated companies. The Erwin Record is not responsible for the privacy practices of unaffiliated companies, and once you leave the Site or click an advertisement you should check the applicable privacy policy of the other service.

Comment Policy

Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, comments are the sole responsibility of the individual commenters. The Erwin Record reserves the right to delete any comments that include hate speech, libel, plagiarism, threats, personal attacks or off-topic assertions, and inappropriate language in order to protect the integrity of the site and its users. We do not edit comments for content.


This privacy policy was posted and is effective as of January 1, 2014. It was last updated on May 21, 2014. The Erwin Record may modify this Privacy Policy over time, so please check the effective date to see when this Privacy Policy was last revised. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will become effective when we post the revised Privacy Policy on the Site.


The Erwin Record and its affiliates (collectively, “The Erwin Record”) provides all information on this site (together with all content and the underlying source HTML files that implement the hypertext features, collectively this “Site”) and related services exclusively under the following Terms of Use and all applicable laws.

By using this site or related services you agree to be legally bound by these terms of use and The Erwin Record’sPrivacy Policy, which is incorporated as part of these terms of use. If you do not agree to these terms, you must immediately terminate use of this Site.


1.1 All right, title and interest (including all copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property rights) in this Site belongs to The Erwin Record. In addition, the names, images, pictures, logos and icons identifying The Erwin Record’s products and services are proprietary marks of The Erwin Record and/or its subsidiaries or affiliates. Except as expressly provided below, nothing contained herein shall be construed as conferring any license or right, by implication, estoppels or otherwise, under copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights.

1.2 You are hereby granted a non-exclusive, non-transferable, limited license to view this Site, and to download and/or print insignificant portions of materials retrieved from this Site provided (a) it is used only for informational, non-commercial purposes, and (b) you do not remove or obscure the copyright notice or other notices. Except as expressly provided above, no part of this Site, including but not limited to materials retrieved there from and the underlying code, may be reproduced, republished, copied, transmitted, or distributed in any form or by any means, without the express written permission of The Erwin Record.


2.1 The Erwin Record provides links to third party web sites for your convenience. The Erwin Record does not assume any responsibility for the (i) content of, (ii) technology implemented by, or (iii) privacy practices of third party sites and all use is at your own risk. You should review the privacy policy and terms of use for each third party site and confirm they are acceptable prior to registration on or use of the site. Links to third party sites do not imply endorsement of the sites by The Erwin Record.

2.2 The Erwin Record may now or in the future allow you to place classified or other forms of advertisements (“Classified Ad”). In publishing a Classified Ad, we will only accept standard abbreviations and proper punctuation. We do not accept any liability for any errors or omissions by the seller in the description of goods used in the Classified Ad. We are not obligated to publish any Classified Ad. We reserve the right to edit, re-classify, revise, reject, or cancel any Classified Ad at any time, at our sole discretion. Any publication of a Classified Ad does not constitute an agreement for continued publication. Publication does not constitute an endorsement or sponsorship of the seller. Any use of a Classified Ad is AT YOUR OWN RISK. We are never a party to any transaction between buyers and sellers. We do not review any Classified Ad and are not liable for any transactions between buyers and sellers. We do not knowingly accept any Classified Ad that discriminates or intends to discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, handicap, or familial status. We do not knowingly accept any Classified Ad regarding employment that is not for a bona fide job opportunity nor do we knowingly accept any that are for tobacco, gentlemen’s clubs, adult-oriented materials, offshore services, or Internet gambling.



3.2 The Erwin Record disclaims all responsibility for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage of any kind resulting from, arising out of, or in any way related to (a) any errors in or omissions from this Site, including but not limited to technical inaccuracies and typographical errors, (b) any third party websites or content therein directly or indirectly accessed through links in this Site, including but not limited to any errors in or omissions therefrom, (c) the unavailability of this Site or any portion thereof, (d) your use of this Site, or (e) your use of any equipment or software in connection with this Site.




This Site may contain references or cross references to The Erwin Record’s products and services that are not available in every country.


You agree that all disputes, actions, and claims relating to your access to or use of the site, Services, and all matters arising out of or related to these Terms of Use (except for legal action taken to seek an injunction or other equitable relief related to the Site, Services, or user generated content, or claims related to the validity or enforceability of your or our intellectual property rights) (collectively “Dispute”) will be governed by the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA), federal arbitration law, and laws of the State of Tennessee, without regard to choice of law principles.

You furthermore agree that any Dispute will be resolved by binding arbitration, rather than in court, except that you may assert claims in small claims court if your claims qualify. You are giving up the right to litigate (or participate in as a party or class member) all Disputes in court before a judge or jury. Instead, all Disputes will be resolved before a neutral arbitrator, whose decision will be final except for a limited right of appeal under the FAA. Any court with jurisdiction over the parties may enforce the arbitrator’s award.

In the event of a Dispute, you or The Erwin Record must give the other a Notice of Dispute, which is a written statement that sets forth the name, address and contact information of the party giving it, the facts giving rise to the dispute, and the relief requested. You must send any Notice of Dispute by U.S. Mail to The Erwin Record at Attention Alan Broyles, Operations Manager, 204 W Main St, Johnson City, TN 37604. You and The Erwin Record will attempt to resolve any Dispute through informal negotiation within 60 days from the date the Notice of Dispute is sent. After 60 days, you or The Erwin Record may commence arbitration. You are not required to wait 60 days to file a small claims action.

The arbitration will be conducted by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) under its rules, including the AAA’s supplementary procedures for consumer-related disputes. The AAA’s rules are available at or by calling 1-800-778-7879. Payment of all filing, administration and arbitrator fees will be governed by the AAA’s rules. You agree to commence arbitration only in your county of residence or in Unicoi County, Tennessee. We will reimburse those fees for claims totaling less than $10,000 unless the arbitrator determines the claims are frivolous. Likewise, The Erwin Record will not seek attorneys’ fees and costs in arbitration unless the arbitrator determines the claims are frivolous. You may choose to have the arbitration conducted by telephone, based on written submission, or in person by following the AAA rules. In a Dispute involving $10,000 or less, any hearing will be telephonic unless the arbitrator finds good cause to hold an in-person hearing instead. The arbitrator may award the same damages to you individually as a court could.

You agree that the making of claims or resolution of Disputes pursuant to this agreement shall be in your individual capacity, and not as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class, consolidated, or representative proceeding. You agree that to the extent permitted by applicable law, that any and all Disputes will be resolved individually in the forum designated in this section, without resort to any form of class action.

To the extent permitted by law, any Dispute to which this section applies must be filed within one year in small claims court or in arbitration with the AAA. The one-year period begins when the claim or Notice of Dispute could first be filed. If such a Dispute isn’t filed within one year, it’s permanently barred.

If for any reason a claim proceeds in court rather than in arbitration we each waive any right to a jury trial.


This Site and these Terms of Use may be changed by The Erwin Record and the changes will be effective when they are posted to the Site. Please review this Site periodically for changes. If there are material changes, we may send you notice of the change by e-mail or through other methods on this Site. Continued use of this Site following any change constitutes your acceptance of the change.


These Terms of Use incorporate by reference the Privacy Policy and other notices contained on this Site and collectively constitute the entire agreement with respect to your access to and use of this Site and Services. If any provision is unlawful, void or unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from the remaining provisions and shall not affect their validity and enforceability.


When you use our Services or send e-mails to us, you are communicating with us electronically. You consent to receive communications from us electronically. We will communicate with you by e-mail or by posting notices on this site or through the other Services. You agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically satisfy any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. Any communication or other information sent to The Erwin Record via e-mail or otherwise in connection with your use of this Site, including but not limited to suggestions, ideas and comments, will be treated as non-confidential and all such information may be used by The Erwin Record for any purpose without compensation. Disclosure shall constitute an assignment of all right, title and interest in such information to The Erwin Record.

10. LINKS TO The Erwin Record’s WEB PAGES

10.1 The Erwin Record permits links to this Site provided (a) you do not remove or obscure, by framing or otherwise, any content, including but not limited to the copyright notice and other notices, (b) you do not directly or indirectly cause any portion of this Site to appear on a user’s computer screen with any material (e.g. URL, text, graphics, pop-up window, audio or other) supplied by or associated with you or a third party, (c) you give The Erwin Record notice of all such links by sending an e-mail to this e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it, and (d) you discontinue providing links to this Site if notified by The Erwin Record.

10.2 When linking to this Site you may use one or more The Erwin Record’s logos as a link anchor. To ensure proper usage of The Erwin Record’s logos, we’ve presented them here. These logos are trademarks of The Erwin Record and The Erwin Record retains all rights in them. The Erwin Record grants you a limited license to use these logos solely for linking to The Erwin Record web pages as provided above. Logos cannot be altered or modified other than to make them larger or smaller. Except for the limited license provided above, The Erwin Record does not grant, by implication, estoppels or otherwise, any license to use any trademark, copyrighted materials or other proprietary materials displayed on this Site and any other use is strictly prohibited.

Erwin Record Logo


11.1 The Erwin Record may, now or in the future, allow users to post, upload transmit through, or otherwise make available on the Site (collectively, “submit”) messages, receipts, text, illustrations, personal stories, reviews, illustrations, files, graphics, photos, comments, sounds, music, videos, information, content, or other materials (“User Content”). The Erwin Record is not responsible for User Content for any links or images embedded in the User Content, or for the results obtained by using the User Content. The Erwin Record does not endorse or warrant, and is not responsible for the accuracy, timeliness, completeness, or reliability of any opinion, advice, or statement contained in User Content. Under no circumstances will The Erwin Record be liable for any loss or damage caused by reliance on the Site, User Content or information or materials obtained through User Content.

You shall not submit any User Content that is protected by copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret, moral right, or other intellectual property, personal, contractual, or property right of a third party without the owner’s express permission. You are solely liable for any damages resulting from your failure to obtain consent.

You shall not submit content that (a) violates or infringes the rights of others; (b) is unlawful, defamatory, threatening, harassing, abusive, libelous, invasive of privacy or publicity rights, vulgar, obscene, pornographic, profane, lewd, lascivious, excessively violent, or otherwise objectionable; (c) encourages criminal conduct or conduct that gives use to civil liability or otherwise violates any law; (d) advertises goods or services; (e) solicits funds; (f) contains instructions, formulas, or advice that could harm or injure; or (g) is a chain letter of any kind.

User Content, including any personally identifiable information (including as name, address, telephone number, or email address), submitted is accessible to other users, including people you may not know. Making this information available may result in receiving unsolicited emails or of other users sharing your information. You should use discretion when communicating with others or disclosing personal information. The Erwin Record has no control over and shall have no liability for any damages resulting from the use or misuse by any third party of information that you make public by submitting it. If you choose to make personally identifiable information available you do so at your own risk.

By submitting User Content, you automatically grant The Erwin Record a world-wide, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, fully sublicensable and transferable, right and license to use, record, sell, lease, reproduce, distribute, create derivative works, from publicly displaying or perform, transmit, publish, and otherwise exploit the User Content, in whole or part as The Erwin Record deems appropriate including, but not limited to, in connection with The Erwin Record, its subsidiaries, affiliates, or business.

The Erwin Record has the right, but not the obligation, to monitor the User Content. We reserve the right not to post any User Content, but we do not have an obligation to post, maintain, screen or otherwise use User Content. We may discontinue the ability to submit User Content in our own discretion.

The User is responsible for evaluating the accuracy, timeliness, and completeness of all content on the Site including User Content.

11.2 DMCA Notice. The Erwin Record asks our users to respect the intellectual property rights of others. It is our policy to respond appropriately to clear notices of alleged copyright infringement, as set forth more fully below. In The Erwin Record’s sole discretion, The Erwin Record may remove content that may be infringing on another person’s intellectual property rights with or without notice to the potential infringer. In accordance with the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) and other applicable law, The Erwin Record has adopted a policy of terminating, in appropriate circumstances and at The Erwin Record’s sole discretion, users who are deemed to be repeat infringers. If we remove or disable access in response to a DMCA Notice (as defined below), we will make a good faith attempt to contact the owner or administrator of the affected site or content so that they may make a counter-notification. If you own a copyright in a work (or represent such a copyright owner) and believe that your (or such owner’s) copyright in that work has been infringed by an improper posting or distribution of it via the Service, then you may send us a written notice that includes all of the following:

(i)  a legend or subject line that says: “DMCA Copyright Infringement Notice”;
(ii)  a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed or, if multiple copyrighted works are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such works;
(iii)  a description of where the material that you claim is infringing or is the subject of infringing activity is located that is reasonably sufficient to permit us to locate the material (please include the URL of the Service on which the material appears);
(iv)  your full name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address;
(v)  a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
(vi)  a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that all the information in your notice is accurate, and that you are the copyright owner (or, if you are not the copyright owner, then your statement must indicate that you are authorized to act on the behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed); and
(vii)  your electronic or physical signature.

The Erwin Record will only respond to DMCA Notices that it receives by mail, e-mail, or facsimile at the addresses below:

By Mail: Attention Alan Broyles, Operations Manager, 204 W Main St, Johnson City, TN 37604
By E-Mail: [email protected]
By Facsimile: 423-929-8010

It is often difficult to determine if your copyright has been infringed. The Erwin Record may elect to not respond to DMCA Notices that do not substantially comply with all of the foregoing requirements, and The Erwin Record may elect to remove allegedly infringing material that comes to its attention via notices that do not substantially comply with the DMCA.

Please note that the DMCA provides that any person who knowingly materially misrepresents that material or activity is infringing may be subject to liability.

We may send the information that you provide in your notice to the person who provided the allegedly infringing work. That person may elect to send us a DMCA Counter-Notification.

Without limiting The Erwin Record’s other rights, The Erwin Record may, in appropriate circumstances, terminate a repeat infringer’s access to the Service and any other website owned or operated by The Erwin Record.


You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and you agree to accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your account.


Effective: January 1, 2014

Last Updated: May 21, 2014