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The Democrat among top newspapers in state for ads

Staff Reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:49 PM

The Lebanon Democrat was named one of the top newspapers in the state for advertising recently by the Tennessee Press Association. 

TPA officials presented Ideas Contest awards May 2 during the Advertising and Circulation Conference in Chattanooga. 

Second runner-up best of show went to The Lebanon Democrat, for its “Friday the 13th” ad offering for one day only, 13 weeks for $13, which was entered in the subscription promotion idea category.

In all, 16 awards, eight of which were first place, were received among the three newspapers owned by Lebanon Publishing Co. – The Democrat, Mt. Juliet News and The Hartsville Vidette. 

“We are honored to receive both this best of show award, as well as all the awards this year,” said Jesse Lindsey, vice president and publisher of Lebanon Publishing Co. “These honors show our commitment to producing the best advertising content for the businesses we support and that support us. We are also grateful to our employees who work tirelessly for our advertisers.”

For the second year, the Chattanooga Times Free Press won the top prize, the Jack Freeland Memorial Award best of show. The winning ad was “Spring Home Improvement,” a feature page entry that ran in the paper’s classified section.

The Cookeville Herald-Citizen took the first runner-up best of show for its special section “Back to Black & White” a section to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the newspaper. Former Lebanon Publishing Co. advertising director Roger Wells currently serves in the same capacity for the Herald-Citizen. 

The Times Free Press had the most awards at 38, with The Shelbyville Times-Gazette taking home the next highest number of awards at 27.

In all, 820 entries from 30 newspapers were submitted in the 2014 Ideas Contest, which has 29 categories divided into five circulation divisions.

Members of the Arkansas Press Association judged the contest March 27 in Little Rock, Ark.

The late Jack Freeland, for whom the Best of Show Award is named, was advertising manager of The Daily Herald in Columbia, and was active with the TPA advertising committee.

The Ideas Contest was established in 1978. Proceeds help to offset the education programming costs for the Advertising and Circulation Conference.

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