Where is Jimmy?

Better sit down, Vol fans, because we've got some news that might knock you off your feet.

Jimmy Hyams, award-winning writer/broadcaster and nationally recognized Volunteer authority, is joining the Scout.com network and will be keeping the members of Rocky Top News (formerly InsideTennessee.com) well informed.

Basically, this is a coup comparable to Phillip Fulmer signing Jonathan Crompton last February. Stars of this magnitude don't come along every day.

Of course, most Big Orange followers already know all about Hyams. He spent 13 distinguished years as a sportswriter for The Knoxville News-Sentinel, specializing in Vol football. He left the newspaper business in 1998 to become sports director for WNOX radio, where he has teamed with John Wilkerson on a wildly popular sports-talk show that has been rated No. 1 in Tennessee for each of the past seven years. Hyams also shares his in-depth insights on such radio shows as SEC Notebook, Football Finals, Sunday Sports Sound-off and Golf Talk.

Equally comfortable at a computer keyboard or a microphone, Hyams has been honored by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association as Tennessee's sportswriter of the year (twice) and sportscaster of the year. He is believed to be the only person ever to win both the print and broadcast awards.

In addition to his radio work, Hyams has written Southeastern Conference football previews for Lindy's magazine and the SEC basketball preview for Street & Smith yearly. Clearly, this guy is a hot property.

A native of Natchitoches, La., Hyams attended Northwestern State University in his hometown. He moved to Knoxville in the summer of 1985, when he joined the News-Sentinel staff. He and his wife, the former Melanie Sharpe, have two children -- Leslie, 13, and Valerie, 10.

The future has never been brighter for Rocky Top News. Hyams joins two more award-winning sportswriters, Randy Moore and Jeffery Stewart, to give Rocky Top News a writing staff that is unsurpassed.

This is a hole in one, a grand slam, a three-pointer at the buzzer and a National Championship drive all rolled into one. This is but one of the changes looming for our fine site.

It would be great if we could tell you the changes would be transparent but we are going all out and putting our best foot forward. In fact, we want you to notice. We want you to notice the increased emphasis on recruiting, expanded basketball and Lady Vol coverage, the hosted live chats, more content, better content, more timely content - and for our annual subscribers a magazine collection that will keep you smiling from cover to fabulous cover.

Another distinct change is the return to the Rocky Top News nomenclature. Both the magazine and now the site will go by the time tested Rocky Top News, a name that is synonymous with Vol fans who want to stay connected with UT sports.

Jimmy Hyams first column will debut on Wednesday July 13th. His will be the first of many of the aforementioned initiatives that will make Rocky Top News "the choice" of discerning Vol fans.

We want to thank and congratulate you if you already have a membership So... THANKS!

If you don't have a membership, then by all means, we encourage you to take advantage of our free, 7-day trial membership and may we also suggest our annual membership that also comes with magazines and a 16% discount.

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