TCCY Honors Retiring Executive Director, Advocates and Journalists at 30th Annual Children’s Advocacy Days

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | 04:49pm

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth has honored Tennesseans for their work raising their voices on behalf of Tennessee children. Awards were presented at the annual 30th Children’s Advocacy Days, along with the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Early Foundations and Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee’s Unsung Hero awards.

The inaugural Linda O’Neal Lifetime Achievement Award was given to the TCCY executive director for whom it was named for her work on behalf of children, beginning with working in foster care, serving as the executive director of the Institute for Children’s Resources and throughout her role with TCCY.  

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, and former state senator, Doug Overbey, received the Senator Douglas Henry Public Official Award for sponsoring legislation supporting services for children.

Matt Timm, Ph.D., whose work spanned the years from the creation of the RIP or Regional Intervention Program to the Association for Infant Mental Health in Tennessee (AIMHiTN), was recognized with the Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award.

Joan Garrett McClane, staff writer for the Chattanooga Times Free Press was awarded the John Seigenthaler MAKING KIDS COUNT Media Awards for large market print media for her series digging deeply into problems like poverty and suicide.

WKRN/Nexstar Media reporter Chris Bundgaard received the John Seigenthaler MAKING KIDS COUNT Media Awards for Large Market Broadcast Media for his lifetime of coverage of children’s issues, most recently as Capitol Hill reporter.

WTCE-22, Cookeville public television, staff Becky Magura, Brent Clark and Cindy Putman and Pretzel Pictures writer Yoshie Lewis won John Seigenthaler MAKING KIDS COUNT Media Awards for Small Market Broadcast Media. The team created a six-episode series, series briefs, and PSAs to educate people about the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the Building Strong Brains Tennessee efforts to prevent and mitigate the impact of ACEs.

Singer, business woman and philanthropist Dolly Parton was selected to win a special John Seigenthaler MAKING KIDS COUNT New Media Award

Governor Bill and First Lady Crissy Haslam presented biennial Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Early Foundations to Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee and WCTE-22

Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee named Carolyn Remeder, West Tennessee; Cindy Fry, Middle Tennessee; and Jessica Reinhold, East Tennessee, as Unsung Heroes.

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is an independent agency created by the Tennessee General Assembly. Its primary mission is to advocate for improvements in the quality of life for Tennessee children and families. Information on the agency is available at

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