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The Mountain Press, Chattanooga Advocate Honored

March 20, 2007

 Nashville –– A Chattanooga children’s advocate and The (Sevierville) Mountain Press were honored for their service to children by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth.


The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth awarded the Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award to Marilyn Davis, who recently retired after 20 years as Southeast coordinator for the Commission. Davis was recognized for her tireless efforts on behalf of children. She opened doors for advocacy in Chattanooga and the Southeast region and spearheaded collaborative efforts bringing together representatives from government, business and nonprofits to work with the Southeast and the Hiwassee Councils on Children and Youth, which she staffed.


Davis was honored for focusing on issues and on getting things done for children.


Trudy Hughes, a member of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and a former member of the Southeast Council, said, “She exemplifies calm under pressure and the adage, ‘If you cannot say something good, don't say anything at all!’...She is a dear friend, a long-time colleague and the consummate champion for children.”


The Making KIDS COUNT Media Award was bestowed on The (Sevierville) Mountain Press and its editor, Stan Voit, for the paper’s articles on children. The Mountain Press has served the Sevierville community since 1948. The newspaper was nominated for regular and ongoing articles on children, youth and families, including an annual emphasis on protecting Sevier County’s children. The newspaper was recognized for the way it used the annual KIDS COUNT State of the Child in Tennessee to focus on the problems in Sevier County and on positive developments to improve child well-being. During the past year the news staff worked on a series of articles examining poverty in its region, interviewing those affected and those working to help them.


These awards are bestowed annually by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth. The Commission is an independent agency created in 1955 by the Tennessee General Assembly. Its primary mission is to advocate for improvements in the quality of life for Tennessee children and families.


For more information on the Commission, the awards and the winners, please call (800) 264-0904 or access the agency’s website at