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VOL. 124 | NO. 121 | Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Daily News Picks Up Six Statewide Awards

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The Daily News has won six awards from the University of Tennessee-Tennessee Press Association. The awards ceremony was held Friday in Chattanooga.

The honors include two first place awards among Group 2 newspapers in Tennessee, or papers with combined weekly circulations of 5,001-15,000 readers.

One is for spot news reporting by Eric Smith and Bill Dries on the February 2008 Super Tuesday tornadoes that devastated parts of Hickory Hill and Arlington, killing three people and injuring five others.

The other first-place award was for investigative reporting by Andy Meek on the fall of mutual funds sold by Regions Morgan Keegan.

The Daily News also collected two second place awards, including one for best special issue or section for the 2008 residential real estate special edition produced by contributing editor Karen Ott Mayer, graphic designer Philip Thompson, senior editor Lance Allan Wiedower and managing editor Lindsay Jones.

The other second place finish was for best personal column for Bill Dries’ piece on the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The paper also garnered two fifth place awards.

One was in the public service category for articles on the February 2008 closings of several hourly rate motels as public nuisances. The closings followed a series of reports on prostitution at several of the businesses by former Daily News reporter Rosalind Guy.

The other award was for best news reporting for an April 2008 story by Bill Dries on the drug trafficking ring allegedly headed by Craig Petties. The federal court case involves the largest and most violent drug organization ever tried in Memphis federal court.

The Daily News won a first place award from TPA earlier this year for best classified section. Last week the newspaper and its sister publication, The Memphis News, also placed in seven categories in the Society of Professional Journalists’ regional Green Eyeshade Awards, including a first place award for law and courts reporting.

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PROPERTY SALES 65 366 17,721
MORTGAGES 70 417 23,068
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 91 4,519
BUILDING PERMITS 210 932 42,157
BANKRUPTCIES 62 299 16,691
BUSINESS LICENSES 19 80 5,781
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