Roy Exum Enters Sports Writers Hall Tonight

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

A trio of sports writers who total more than 100 years in the newspaper business walk in the Tennessee Sports Writers Hall of Fame together at tonight's induction dinner at Cumberland Univ. in Lebanon.

Roy Exum, longtime Chattanooga Free Press executive sports editor and current columnist for Chattanoogan.com, joins former Tennessean sports writer Larry Woody and John Adams of the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Exum headed up a staff of more than 20 writers and the sports department was well known for national and regional awards and a unique two-section Sunday sports section.

A graduate of Chattanooga City High School, Exum is also a member of the Greater Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain Sports Halls of Fame.

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 at least three columns a week for the Chattanoogan.com.

Woody retired from the Tennessean in 2007 was a general columnist being named Tennessee Sportswriter of the Year three times and also won a UPI Columnist Award and a Best of Gannett Writing Award during his tenure. He has written six books and 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 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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