The Southern Standard brought home top prizes Thursday from the annual Tennessee Press Association awards banquet, winning first place in five categories.
The first-place entries included Best Business Section, headlined by the weekly Business Cheetah column written by editor James Clark.
Clark also claimed first and second place awards for Best Personal Column. The first-place column was his recollection of getting a ticket in Woodbury. The second-place column was about a player on his baseball team who broke his arm during the season, but came back to get the game-winning hit in the championship.
Longtime staffer Duane Sherrill brought home first place for Best Humor Column with his humorous take on a typo he found on his birth certificate at age 50 that had him listed as a female.
The Standard took first in Graphics and Illustrations behind the talent of graphic artist Seth Wright while his wife, and co-worker, digital media coordinator Ashley Wright, guided the Standard to a second straight first-place finish for Best Website.
The Standard took a second-place award for Best Headline Writing and third place for Best Community Lifestyles section.
The Tennessee Press Association, along with the University of Tennessee, gives the awards each year to highlight excellence in all facets of news reporting. This year’s entries were judged in a reciprocal arrangement by the Mississippi Press Association. The Southern Standard competes in the largest category in the state, that being papers with circulations between 15,000 and 50,000 a week.