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'Smoky Mountain Homeplace' honored by ET Historical Society


The Newport Plain Talk's annual 'Smoky Mountain Homeplace' special
edition was received a History in Media Award from the East Tennessee
Historical Society last week. ET Historical Society Director Cherel
Henderson, right, presented the award to Smoky Mountain Homeplace
Editor Duay O'Neil, center, and Plain Talk Advertising Representative
Vickie Mason, left.
Published: 9:08 AM, 05/14/2013 Last updated: 9:08 AM, 05/14/2013

Author: Staff Report
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

KNOXVILLE-The Newport Plain Talk's annual special edition 'Smoky Mountain Homeplace' was honored by the East Tennessee Historical Society last week with a History in Media Award.

Smoky Mountain Homeplace Editor Duay O'Neil and NPT Advertising Representative Vickie Mason were in Knoxville to accept the award at the society's annual banquet last Tuesday.

In presenting the award, ET Historical Society Director Cherel Henderson said, "This edition is a valuable contribution to the preservation of the region's history. Duay's thorough research, interviews with local folks, and rare photographs attract a huge following, making this one of the paper's most popular features."

This year's award was based on the paper's 2012 edition "Heaven's Jubilee," a collection of over 80 church histories and accompanying photographs and the 2011 edition "Broken Lives in a Broken County," a study of the Civil War's effects on Cocke County's citizens.

"I am deeply honored by the society's recognition of our work," said O'Neil. "We work on this for several months each year, and the whole staff gets excited about it. Without the dedication of our advertising department and support of our advertisers, this edition would not be possible.

"Special commendation must also go to our ad designers and especially to Tina Pierson, who oversees the issues design and layout. They are true artists."

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

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