News Sentinel columnist John Adams is among three journalists selected for induction into the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame.
Nashville columnist Joe Biddle and the late Harold Harris, who worked at the News Sentinel for 45 years, also will be inducted on July 11-12 at Cumberland University in Lebanon.
"It's always nice to be honored by your peers," Adams said. "It's especially gratifying to be inducted with Joe Biddle, a very talented writer and a longtime friend."
A native of Clinton, La., Adams was hired as editor of his hometown paper while still a student at LSU. He graduated and joined the Army, working on a post newspaper at Fort Riley, Kan. He resumed his career at Port Lavaca, Texas, covering the local PL Sandcrabs, and then Victoria, Texas. Adams' career also included stops in Jackson, Miss., Shreveport, Baton Rouge and Jacksonville, Fla., where he was a columnist for the afternoon paper. In between, he covered the Pittsburgh Steelers for a year.
Adams joined the News Sentinel in 1987. In addition to the SEC football circuit, he's covered many Super Bowls, Masters, heavyweight championship bouts, Kentucky Derbys, Final Fours and World Series, as well as the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
Harris grew up in Knoxville and played center at Knoxville High and Tennessee Wesleyan. He covered UT football and basketball regularly in the 1940s, '50s and '60s with a regular column was called "Sports Static.''
Harris also covered small college athletics, the Knoxville Smokies and bowling. His brother Ed Harris was inducted into the TSWA Hall of Fame in 2009. Harold Harris was presented the Distinguished Service Award by the East Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame in 1981, and he was inducted to the Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 1990. He died in 1992 at age 78.
Biddle, a native of Johnson City, attended East Tennessee State and worked for the Johnson City Press-Chronicle and Daytona Beach News Journal before he returned to Tennessee in 1979. He worked for the Nashville Banner before moving to The Tennessean in 1998.
Biddle is a four-time Tennessee Sportswriter of the Year from the Tennessee Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Biddle now writes a column on Tennessee sports for WKRN-TV.