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Standard recognized as one of state's best newspapers
TPA awards
Pictured are the Standard’s first-place awards for sports photograph, headline writing and community lifestyles.

Stop the presses. The Southern Standard has won more newspaper awards.

The annual Tennessee Press Association banquet was held Thursday in Chattanooga with the Standard emerging with three first-place awards, two second-place awards, and two third-place awards.

The first-place honors were for headline writing, community lifestyles, and best sports photograph. It’s the seventh time in the past 12 years the Standard has won first place for headline writing, spearheaded by the efforts of Seth Wright.

The winning community lifestyles sections featured stories and photos from Margaret Hobbs, who retired at the end of May after 25 years at the newspaper.

Jeff Simmons took the first-place sports photo of Jalyn Mart during a swim meet.

The Standard captured second place for feature stories and education reporting.

Third-place honors were awarded for feature photograph and best single feature.

The contest covered the 2018 calendar year from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31.

“It’s always nice to see we place among the best newspapers in the state,” said Standard editor James Clark, who attended the banquet. “I’m especially happy to see Margaret win first place her last year at the paper. We miss her contributions as a reporter, but we miss having her around the newsroom even more.”

The Standard was grouped in the category of several dailies this year, including the Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, and the Herald Citizen in Cookeville.