Widely known East Tennessee sports journalist Randy Moore, of Mosheim, died early Saturday morning at Takoma Regional Hospital after suffering what medical officials described as a massive heart attack late Friday night.
Moore, 63, was semi-retired after having served as the editor of Rocky Top News/Inside Tennessee for 20 years and editor of the Inside Tennessee website for nine years. He stepped down from those positions earlier this year.
In recent months, he had been working as a freelance journalist and had written a few sports-related features for The Greeneville Sun.
Early Friday evening, he had covered the Greeneville High School-Anderson County High School football game for the Sun at Burley Stadium here.
He had returned to the newspaper and was writing his story of the game for the Saturday issue of the Sun when he was suddenly stricken in the newsroom about 11:20 p.m.
A Sun co-worker in the newsroom quickly called 911, and Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Service responded to the scene.
After emergency treatment by EMS staff for several minutes, Moore was transported to Takoma Hospital by ambulance and rushed to the emergency room.
He was pronounced dead at the hospital just before 1 a.m. after more than an hour of intense efforts by medical staff to save his life.
A family member said that Moore had had a heart bypass operation at Holston Valley Hospital in 1998, and also suffered from Type 2 Diabetes.
A native of Greene County, he was a 1970 graduate of Greeneville High School, where he played varsity baseball for three seasons.
He was a 1974 honors graduate of East Tennessee State University, and served as editor of the student newspaper, The East Tennessean.
From June 1974 until December 1991 he was a member of the Sports Department of The Knoxville Journal, covering University of Tennessee sports, Atlanta Braves baseball, assorted high school sporting events, and a number of national and international sports events.
As a freelance journalist from January 1991 until July 1995, his assignments included working as a stringer for the Associated Press on UT men’s and women’s basketball games.
During these years he also served as sports editor for three weekly newspapers: The Weekend Journal, The Jefferson County Journal, and the Tennessee Star Journal. He became editor-in-chief of Rocky Top News magazine in July 1995 and had continued in that role until this year.
He had also served as editor-in-chief of the Inside Tennessee website for the last nine years until his resignation from both InsideTennessee positions this year.
In addition to Moore’s work with Rocky Top News/InsideTennessee, he was the author of three books on University of Tennessee sports: Stadium Stories: Tennessee Volunteers, published in 2004, and Hoop Tales: Tennessee Volunteers and Hoop Tales: Tennessee Lady Volunteers, both published in 2005.
Although almost all of his journalism career was based in the Knoxville area and he lived there for many years, he returned to Greene County 16 years ago and has lived at Mosheim since that time, commuting frequently to and from Knoxville.
“Randy Moore was a fine person, an outstanding sports journalist and feature writer, and a respected and valued friend,” Sun Editor John M. Jones Jr. said today.
“We were looking forward to working with him on a freelance basis for many years to come, and are both shocked and saddened by his death.
“He leaves behind an impressive record of journalistic achievement.”