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Editorial Policies



Letters to the Editor must be exclusive to The Daily Beacon and cannot have been submitted to or published by other media. Letters should not exceed 400 words and can be edited or shortened for space. Letters can also be edited for grammar and typographical errors, and Letters that contain excessive grammatical errors can be rejected for this reason. Anonymous Letters will not be published. Authors should include their full name, mailing address, city of residence, phone number and e-mail address for verification purposes. Letters submitted without this information will not be published.

Letters to the editor and guest columns may be e-mailed to:, submitted online, or mailed to: Editor-in-Chief, 1345 Circle Park Drive, 11 Communications Building, Knoxville, TN 37996-0314.

The Beacon reserves the right to reject any submissions or edit all copy in compliance with available space, editorial policy and style.



Our policy at the Daily Beacon is to remove nothing from our online archives. Exceptions can be made if the material is unlawful — meaning that it is potentially defamatory or an invasion of an individual's privacy – but we will not change the historic account of our newspaper when a reader finds something embarrassing or bothersome.

Our bottom line: material that was lawful and supported by the editorial staff at the time of its original publication does not become improper with the passage of time.

If you have questions or concerns about this policy, please contact our office at 865-974-5206.

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