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Tomahawk receives awards from Tennessee Press Association

The Tomahawk received five awards in the annual Tennessee Press Association state contest this past Friday in Nashville, including a first-place for best personal column. This year, the Texas Press Association reviewed 1,401 entries that came from 73 of 122 newspapers throughout Tennessee.
Angie Gambill, editor of The Tomahawk, received the first-place award for her personal column entitled “Grammy’s Garden,” written about the courage and selflessness of her daughter’s mother-in-law during her fight with cancer.
“It’s always gratifying to be recognized for a column that comes from your heart,” said Gambill of the award. “Leta was an inspiration to all who knew her, and I’m honored to keep her memory alive.”
Paula Walter, now assistant editor, took third place for her op-ed piece, “A Silver Lining” that was written soon after the tornadoes hit Johnson County and focused on the kindness and generosity of Johnson Countians.
The Tomahawk took second place for its special anniversary edition in March, “Mountains, Memories and Making Ourselves at Home.” This was a group effort and involved Gambill, Walter, Jill Penley, who is now advertising manager, and freelance writer, Jonathan Pleasant. The paper also placed second in its category for their public service articles for the time period surrounding the April 2011 tornadoes and an animal rescue Mountain Accent piece.
Gambill received fifth place for a single feature article on Evelyn Cook, and Walter also received fifth place for an investigative series on the pesticide issue in Shady Valley.