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Standard captures first-place awards
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The Southern Standard brought home three first-place awards at the annual Tennessee Press Association banquet held Friday in Nashville.Lisa Hobbs won first place for best news reporting for a series of articles about corruption at the Upper Cumberland Development District. UCDD is a regional, taxpayer-funded organization that includes Warren County.The corruption scandal eventually led to the resignation of executive director Wendy Askins.James Clark won first place for a column entitled “We voted, but did they listen?” The column pertained to a McMinnville referendum in which voters rejected spending up to $6 million in taxpayer dollars to restore the Blue Building.Despite the referendum results, city officials decided to move forward with Blue Building plans anyway and just recently spent $9,500 on another Blue Building study.Clark also won first place for best editorial in the state.