The Courier brought home to Hardin County seven awards from the 2021 Tennessee Press Association Contests on Friday.
Among the seven was a first place award for Best Education Reporting. The other awards were for Investigative Reporting, Best Feature Photograph, Best Single Editorial, Best News Reporting, Best Breaking News Coverage, and Best Business Coverage.
“Despite the challenges of the past year and a half, the staff has worked hard to put out a quality newspaper every week that focuses on pressing community concerns, celebrates the good things going on locally, and strives to be an accurate first draft of the history of Hardin County, said Courier Publisher Joe Hurd. “I’m proud that their efforts have been recognized by the contest judges from the New Jersey Press Association.”
The University of Tennessee sponsors the annual TPA Awards, which were held this year in Franklin.
Best Education Reporting
First place award for stories about back to school concerns and efforts of educators at Hardin County Schools and the Tennessee Technology Center at Crump amid the pandemic. Also, safety net meal programs, graduation ceremony restrictions, and academic achievements. The stories were written by Staff Writers Linda White and Kelly Jordan.
Second place award for a story by Staff Writer Kelly Jordan that examined a court-sealed settlement in a wrongful death civil suit against the local, county-owned hospital. Also, a story by Jordan titled, “Latest medical knowledge of COVID-19 translated – what it is, what it does.”
Best Feature Photo
Second place award for an image by Staff Writer Linda White of a local nursing home resident being hugged through a plastic barrier because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Best Single Editorial
Third place award for an editorial column by Staff Writer Kelly Jordan titled, “HMC wrongful death suit shows Tennessee Open Records Act isn’t all that open.”
Best News Reporting
Best Business Coverage
Best Breaking News Coverage
Fifth place awards in each category.