The Elk Valley Times received four awards in the recent Tennessee Press Association’s 2013 newspaper contest, co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee.
Top awards were presented during an annual presentation ceremony held on July 19.
The Times won second and fourth place awards in the Best Feature Photograph competition.
The second place came for the picture “It’s Fair Time!” in the Sept. 5, 2012, edition of the newspaper. Taken by EVT photographer and staff writer Paul Henry, the photo depicted Storm Hawk, owned by Jimmy and Oneita Wolaver of Lincoln County, during a workout in preparation for harness races during the Lincoln County Fair.
And the fourth place Best Feature Photograph award was received for the photo “Signs of Spring”, on the front page of The Times’ March 20, 2013, edition. That photograph, also taken by Henry, depicted daffodils growing along King Drive and Old Wells Hill Road, with an old barn in the background.
“Great composition, action, color and background,” wrote a judge in his critique of one of the entries, a comment also echoed by a judge in relation to the other entry.
The Times also won third place in Local Features, a category that takes into consideration overall feature stories included in the newspaper. Entries in that category are judged based on contest criteria during any given month selected at year’s end by the press association.
“The Elk Valley Times deserves much credit for putting much effort into timely community coverage,” a judge wrote of the newspaper’s entries for the designated month, which happened to be August, 2012.
Local features included in those August editions were by Times’ staffers, Laurie Pearson, Sandy Williams and Lucy Williams, as well as Henry.
The newspaper also received a fourth place for Community Lifestyles included in March and April, 2012, editions. That division of competition is judged based on content in four consecutive editions of the paper – content reflecting the work of all The Times’ editorial staff.
“The sections are absolutely packed with local news,” another judge wrote in assessment of the entries. “Clearly the newspaper binds the community together.”
“Everyone here at the paper does an excellent job every day,” said Lucy Williams, editor and publisher.
“The Elk Valley Times consistently wins awards every year in our state press contests, and it’s because of the work that each of our staff members does.
“I would like all of our staff members to know how much I appreciate all the effort they each put forth consistently to make The Elk Valley Times the best community newspaper possible,” she added.
“They are truly wonderful, and we feel very fortunate to have each of them on staff.”