published Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Re-elect Pam Hurst

Pam Hurst, Hamilton County register of deeds, has served faithfully and effectively since taking office in 1994. She now seeks re-election and is challenged by Jeff Brown, the local Democratic Party chairman, in the Aug. 5 county general election.

Ms. Hurst was a real estate title examiner for 10 years prior to becoming register of deeds. The register records deeds and other legal documents.

Since taking office, Ms. Hurst has extended its hours. Electronic filing of documents began in 2006, and Ms. Hurst is working to modernize the title search process.

The East Tennessee Registers Association named her register of the year in 2002. Her civic activities include work with United Way and with the East Hamilton County Ruritan Club.

We know of no reason why Ms. Hurst should not continue in her position as register of deeds, and we endorse her without hesitation.

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hachero said...

Funny that the Free Press made this endorsement without once speaking to me. Guess they had their minds made up, which I believe devalues their position given the lack of objectivity.

-Jeff Brown

July 28, 2010 at 3:22 a.m.
jtthomas16 said...

Jeff, I completely agree. I think what we have here is journalistic bias towards a certain candidate. The only thing they said about Mr. Brown is that he is the current chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party. It was stated as if that is grounds to dismiss him entirely as a viable candidate. I see ethical journalistic flaws in this story. Being one who is studying English at UTC, journalism being one of the main concentrations in the curriculum, I see this endorsement as a poor example of journalism. According to the Society of Professional Journalists, one must "Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived, Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility and Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence news coverage." These are just a few excerpts of the guidelines that a credible journalist should follow. Whoever wrote this endorsement has blatant disregard for these guidelines and therefore, is not a credible journalist. The Free Press should be hiding their face in shame and should be considering if this type of journalism has any place at a seemingly legitimate newspaper.

July 28, 2010 at 12:41 p.m.
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