Members of The Newport Plain Talk display awards won recently at the 2013 UT-TPA Awards luncheon in Nashville. Seated, from left, are Duay O'Neil, David Popiel, Seth Butler and Vickie Mason. Standing, from left, are Sharon Bryant, Betty McMillan, Michael Raleigh, Lynn Crum, Claudine Harris, Penny Webb, Katie Pittser, Sandy Freshour, Brenda Crum, Elaine Becker, Nelson Morais and Jason Kolar. Not shown are Tina Pierson, Janene Bradley, Caleb Chrisman, Chris Taylor and Rick Hooper.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
(Last modified: 2013-07-25 11:50:24)

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NASHVILLE—The Newport Plain Talk won 13 awards, including three first place awards, in the 2013 UT-TPA State Press Contest.

Winners were announced Friday, July 19, at the Millennium Maxwell House in Nashville.

Sports Editor Seth Butler captured two first place awards in the categories of Best Sports Writing and Best Sports Photograph and also claimed a second place for Best Sports Coverage. Sports department employees Caleb Chrisman and Chris Taylor also shared in the Sports Coverage award, which recognizes the best sports section.

Meanwhile, Duay O'Neil won first place in Investigative Reporting for his series of articles on Exit 438.

The Plain Talk also received second place awards for Make Up and Appearance, thanks to the efforts of Tina Pierson, Katie Pittser and Rick Hooper.

Third place awards were received for Best Headline Writing, Best Special Issue and Best News Photograph. Pittser, O'Neil and Hooper had the winning headline entries, while the Smoky Mountain Homeplace won for best special issue. Those contributing to the section were O'Neil, Tina Pierson, Janie Holt, Jason Kolar, Janene Bradley, Sharon Bryant, Betty McMillan and Vickie Mason. Nelson Morais' photos of the rockslide cleanup on Interstate 40 was third in Best Photograph.

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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