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Biddle joins TSWA Hall of Fame

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Veteran journalist and Lebanon resident Joe Biddle is a member of the 2013 three-member class of the Tennessee Sports Writers Associations Hall of Fame.

A native of Johnson City and a US Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War, Biddle joins John Adams of the Knoxville News Sentinel, and the late Harold Harris of the Knoxville News Sentinel who will be inducted July 11-12 in ceremonies scheduled at Lebanon's Cumberland University.

Biddle currently writes weekly columns for the Main Street Media family of newspapers including: The Wilson Post, The Gallatin News and The Hendersonville Standard as well as WKRN-TV and The Williamson Herald.

"This honor is long overdue," said Tommy Bryan, sports editor of The Wilson Post. "Joe is one of the icons of sports journalism in the Southeast. We consider it a privilege to have Joe's work on our pages."

Biddle attended East Tennessee State and worked for the Johnson City Press-Chronicle and Daytona Beach News Journal before he returned to Tennessee in 1979 -- first working for the Nashville Banner before moving to The Tennessean in 1998 after the Banner folded.

Biddle was a four-time Tennessee Sports Writer of the Year by the National Association of Sportscasters and Sportswriters.

He has been a Harris Poll voter in Tennessee since its inception and is state chairman for Heisman Trophy voting. He also served in Vietnam in the Air Force.

Biddle has covered 25 Super Bowls and Masters, approximately 20 Final Fours, 20-plus Sugar Bowls and a number of national championship games, as well as two Olympic Games (1984 and 1996), two Ryder Cups, almost a dozen Kentucky Derbys, the World Series and the Daytona 500.

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