Roy Exum Voted Into TSWA Hall Of Fame

Monday, December 23, 2013 - by special report to
Roy Exum
Roy Exum

An early supporter of the Tennessee Sports Writers Association and a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame are the 2014 inductees into the TSWA’s Hall of Fame. 

Roy Exum, who worked for the Chattanooga News-Free Press for more than 30 years, and Larry Woody, who spent 37 years writing for The Tennessean, have been voted into the TSWA’s Hall of Fame and will be inducted formally July 10 in a ceremony at Cumberland University in Lebanon. 

John Adams of the Knoxville News Sentinel, voted into the hall in 2013, also will be formally inducted the same night.     

Exum has had one of the more varied and colorful sports writing career in Tennessee. He was executive sports editor of the Chattanooga News-Free Press from 1970 through 1998 when the paper was sold to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Exum also was a regular member of the Skywriters Tour, the group of the South’s best-known sports writers touring SEC fall football camps each summer. His human interest features and columns also made their way into Readers Digest and other publications.

Exum covered everything from the Final Four to the Kentucky Derby to the Masters and even the World’s Longest Yard Sale and the Special Olympics. He still writes daily columns a week for

A native of Crossville, Woody started working for The Tennessean part-time while finishing his studies at Belmont. He served two years in the Army, including a tour in Vietnam as a combat infantryman, before rejoining The Tennessean in late 1970. Woody covered high schools, the Ohio Valley Conference, the Southeastern Conference and the NFL. He also was a beat writer covering Vanderbilt, NASCAR, an outdoors writer and a general columnist being named Tennessee Sportswriter of the Year three times. He also won a UPI Columnist Award and a Best of Gannett Writing Award during his tenure before retiring in 2007.

Woody wrote six books and still writes a syndicated outdoors column and contributes to sports, travel and outdoors magazine. He co-hosts a weekly national radio show.  Woody is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, the Fairgrounds Speedway Hall of Fame and Martin Methodist’s College Hall of Fame where he studied for two years.


Adams started his career in Clinton, La., when he was hired as editor of his hometown paper while still in college at LSU. He served in the Army working for a post newspaper at Fort Riley, Kan., and went back into the business in Port Llavaca, Texas, when his tour was over. He also worked in Victoria, Texas, the Jackson Clarion Ledger and in Shreveport and Baton Rouge. He even covered the Steelers in Pittsburgh for a year before moving to Jacksonville as a columnist. Adams joined the News Sentinel in 1987 and has covered Super Bowls, the Masters, heavyweight championship bouts, Kentucky Derbies, Final Fours and World Series. He also covered the 1988 Olympics.

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