Doris Ellis is just one News 12 Now veteran honored today

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – In days when it seems like the faces on your local TV screen change from week to week, it is reassuring to know that there are decades of experience behind the scenes.

Today, News 12 Now honored 165 years of combined experience in six people.

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The headliner is 50 year veteran Doris Ellis, who retired this year.

Mayor Jim Coppinger declared this Doris Ellis day in Hamilton County for being a Chattanooga broadcast pioneer.

And Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield issued a proclamation honoring her contribution in Georgia, where she lived for years (presented by former employee Joe Legge, who now works for Comm. Whitfield).

The station also presented her with a clock, engraved with her start date in 1967 and her retirement in 2017 (see video).

Our special guests today were Morris Multimedia CEO Bobby Berry and Crown Chattanooga/Cleveland General Manager Lance Dowdy.

Five other employees also got service awards today ranging from 40 years to 10, as handed out by Berry & News 12 Now General Manager Phil Cox.