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'Greeneville Sun' Wins 14 TAPME Awards

Sun Photo by O.J. Early

Darren Reese, left, Sports Editor of The Greeneville Sun, and Brian Cutshall, Director of Online Operations for the Sun, each received two first-place awards in the 2013 Tennessee Associated Press Media Editors (TAPME) competition. The awards were announced Apr. 27 at the annual TAPME awards banquet in Nashville.

Originally published: 2013-05-09 11:14:00
Last modified: 2013-05-14 11:07:12

The Greeneville Sun received 14 journalism awards, the most of any newspaper in its division, in 2013 competition sponsored by the Tennessee Associated Press Media Editors (TAPME).

The Sun competes in Division III, which potentially consists of 19 Tennessee newspapers with daily circulations of up to 15,000. The Sun publishes six days a week and has circulation of approximately 13,000.

Five of the 19 newspapers received TAPME honors during an AP state awards banquet, held Apr. 27 in Nashville.


Of the 39 prizes in 16 categories that were awarded in the Group III Division, the Sun swept three categories, taking first, second and third places for Best Sports-Outdoor Reporting, Multimedia and Video.

The Multimedia category focuses on coverage that incorporates text, photos, and online videos to tell stories. The Greeneville Sun has won all Multimedia prizes in Division III for five consecutive years.

Overall, the Sun brought home four first-place plaques, five second-place awards and five third-place honors for work published in 2012.


* Sun Sports Editor Darren Reese won first place for Best Sports-Outdoor Reporting for a collection of three stories: "The Skylar West Story: Tusculum All-American Makes The Most Out of a 'Third Chance,'" "No Introduction Needed: South Greene Seniors Making Fourth Consecutive State Tournament Appearance" and "Family Bond Takes Johnson & Johnson To Pinnacle."

The judges commented that the stories delivered "solid profiles of athletes and their commitment to succeed. The top-flight writing of these stories made them the class of this category."

* Reese also nabbed top Sports Photography accolades for five photos: "Here We Go Again!" "Celebrating the Comeback," "Point Made," "Interception Celebration" and "Straining for the Finish."

Reese's photos were a "nice celebration of players capturing the right moment," judges said.

* Brian Cutshall, the Sun's director of online operations, won first place for his video on more than 600 motorcyclists who passed through Greene County on a cross-country trek to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

Judges said the piece was a "very well-done video with nice tight interviews ... (and) good audio. Just a nice job all around."

* The Greeneville Sun's website for the 2012 Landair Ladies' Classic captured best Multimedia honors, delivering more than 30 stories, nearly 2,000 photos, videos and other information on the basketball tournament.

"This package offers comprehensive, thorough coverage of a local event," judges said. "The photos, stories, videos and dates -- along with access to previous coverage -- is just what they [communities] want."


In the TAPME competition, The Greeneville Sun won the following second-place awards:

* Daily Deadline Reporting: "Commission Approves 20-Cent Tax Hike" by Kristen Buckles;

* Multimedia: "Commission Okays 20-Cent Tax Hike" by Kristen Buckles, Brian Cutshall and O.J. Early;

* Sports Photography: "The Streak Is Over" by Phil Gentry;

* Video: "Monument Dedicated To Tornado Victims" by Brian Cutshall;

* Website:, a collaborative effort of Sun staff.


The Greeneville Sun received these third-place honors:

* Daily Deadline Reporting: "November 6 Election Results" by numerous Sun staff members;

* Editorials: A collection of three editorials by Editor John M. Jones Jr.: "County Needs Its Drivers Service Center Back," "County Leaders Need To Get Together" and "Commission Faces A Hard Test";

* Multimedia: "With Flags, Bagpipe And Doves, Tornado Memorial Dedicated" by Brian Cutshall and Lisa Warren;

* Sports Photography: A collection of photos by O.J. Early: "Greeneville High School Boys Over Cumberland Gap," "Girls Track Meet," "NAIA Women's Golf Tournament," "Elementary Football" and "Double Play"; and

* Video: "Chief Justice Speaks At Drug Court Graduation" by Brian Cutshall.

For more information and stories, see The Greeneville Sun.

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