Times Free Press journalists honored with awards at state press contest

Meigs County county players embrace just after the final out of the TSSAA Class AA softball championship at the Starplex in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on May 25, 2018. Meigs County won 3 to 1 over White House Heritage.
photo Two police officers try to comfort a woman and move her behind the police tape at the scene of a fatal shooting at the intersection of Central Avenue and West 38th Street on Sunday, May 6, 2018 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press received 27 awards, including the top honor in its circulation category, in the Tennessee Press Association's annual newspaper contest.

The press association, meeting in Chattanooga on Thursday, recognized the best work done in 2018 by journalists across the state.

For the fifth time in six years, the Times Free Press took home the top award, General Excellence, in the category for the state's largest papers.

In addition, the paper received 11 first-place awards, nine second-place awards and seven third-place awards.

"I am really proud of our staff, a dedicated and talented group of journalists," Times Free Press Editor Alison Gerber said. "We try hard every day to bring relevant, valuable news to our community."

The first-place awards were in the categories of local features; best website; community lifestyles; headline writing; best graphics/illustrations; best business coverage; best special issue for the College Blitz football section; best news photograph for a photo by C.B Schmelter; best sports photograph for a photo by Robin Rudd; best personal humor column for "If you see an exclamation point, kill it" by Mark Kennedy; and best personal column for "God put us together" by Mark Kennedy.