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Because of the uncertain nature of the COVID virus as well as limitation on the number of people allowed at indoor gatherings, the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame has decided to delay the induction of the 2021 Hall of Fame class until 2022.
The five honorees will be inducted in a ceremony in the early spring of 2022. Those inductees are Tim Garrett, Lee-Anda Hutchens, Chris Jones, Lee Mitchell and Brian Smith. The Hall of Fame committee could add up to three more inductees, combining the 2021 and 2022 classes. The committee will decide on that later this year when they review nominations.
“We had a great class in 2020 and a large crowd to help usher them in to the Hall of Fame. With restrictions and knowing that many of our Hall of Fame members are older, we have decided to wait until we can honor these five new members in the proper way,” says Todd Wofford, director of the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority. “We look forward to having a great event in 2022, and we will have a special event later in the spring to honor the 14 male and female high school scholarship recipients.”
The Rome Orthopaedic Center Pinson Family Scholarship winners will have a special night celebrating them and their achievements. For more information about the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame, please visit rfpra.com.
A couple of basketball stars, who still rank among the best players to ever play at their high schools or
colleges, two football players, who shined on the gridiron in high school, college and even in the pros,
and a baseball player who earned accolades from high school to college and into the minor leagues
populate the 2021 Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class.
This year’s class features Tim Garrett, Lee-Anda Hutchens, Chris Jones, Lee Mitchell and Brian Smith.
“We think this is another outstanding class. These athletes all had amazing high school and college
careers and a couple also have had great professional careers or are still active in the pros,” RFPRA
Director Todd Wofford says. “They are fine, outstanding people, who all have a long list of
accomplishments to their name and have helped bring focus to the Rome and Floyd community through
Garrett knew how to dominant on the basketball court and took the dominance from the hallowed halls
of East Rome High to Emory University, setting records and winning awards the whole way.
Garrett helped lead East Rome High School’s basketball team to appearances in the both the Elite Eight
and Final Four. During his days as a Gladiator, Garrett recorded more than 1,000 points and 1,000
rebounds while earning All-Area and All-State recognition and being named the MVP of the Holiday
Festival Basketball Tournament.
After graduation, Garrett chose to attend Emory and promptly began rewriting the basketball record
books almost the minute he set foot on campus. Garrett remains the all-time scoring leader for Emory
with 1,875 points. He sits second all-time in blocked shots and his name sits atop the list in the record
books in career field goals, field goal percentage, career rebounds and rebound average per game.
Garrett twice earned the UAA Player of the year award and was a four-time All-Region selection as well
as being named an All-American. He was also named to the All-UAA Team of the Decade and is
enshrined in the Emory Hall of Fame.
Hutchens shined for both Model and Berry for more than a decade.
While at Model High School, Hutchens led the Lady Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding from her
freshman through senior campaigns. During her senior year, she averaged 26 points a game as well as 13
rebounds a game, earning All-State honors. She also was named the Rome News-Tribune player of the
year her junior and senior seasons and was selected to play in the Georgia Tennessee All-Star Game as a
Hutchens took her talents to Berry College after high school and proved just as deadly for the Vikings as
she had for the Blue Devils. During her college career Hutchens racked up 2,111 career points and 987
career rebounds. She earned All-District honors all four years at Berry, was named the Georgia
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year her junior season, the Atlanta Tip Off Club Player of
the Year in 1991 and earned All-American honors her senior year.
Jones occupies rare air in Rome and Floyd County, as the Coosa product has starred in high school,
college and the NFL as a punter.
While at Coosa, Jones competed in football and track and field for the Eagles earning spots on both the
Rome News-Tribune All-Area team and the All-Region team as a punter. Jones took his kicking talents to Carson Newman where he earned many honors while playing for the
Eagles. During his four years, Jones twice earned All-SAC honors and twice earned second team All-SAC
honors. Jones’ name is seen often in the Carson Newman record books landing in the top five list of
several season and career punting record categories.
While Jones didn’t get drafted coming out of Carson Newman, the Dallas Cowboys signed him as an
undrafted free agent in 2011. Jones saw playing time in 2012 but injuries limited his action. Once free of
the injury bug, Jones shined in 2013 winning the starting job and has remained a mainstay at the
position. He’s appeared in more than 100 games for the Cowboys. Along with his punting prowess, Jones
has garnered social media fame for some big hits he’s delivered.
Mitchell showed prowess with his bat and his glove on the diamond in high school, college and the
While at Pepperell High School, Mitchell earned All-Area baseball honors. He also played travel ball for
the East Cobb Yankees and was named the team MVP.
After high school, Mitchell played baseball at the University of Georgia where he served as a three-year
starter for the Bulldogs. In 2011, he led the Bulldogs with 11 home runs and 52 RBI while hitting .299.
Mitchell also proved to be a star with his glove as well as his bat, leading all Southeastern Conference
third basemen with a .944 fielding percentage. Mitchell was also named the Braves 400 Club Jason
Varitek Award winner for being the Most Outstanding Scholar Athlete in Georgia.
The Florida Marlins selected Mitchell in the sixth round of the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft. Mitchell spent
eight seasons in minor league ball rising as high as Triple A. Mitchell played huge roles on several teams
with one of his beast seasons coming in 2007 with the Carolina Mudcats. Mitchell hit .282 for the season
with 20 home runs and 73 RBI and was named a Southern League All-Star and the Southern League All-
Star Game MVP.
From Pepperell High School to UAB to NFL Europe and a stint with the San Francisco 49ers and the
Atlanta Falcons, Brian Smith made headlines almost every time he stepped on the gridiron.
While at Pepperell, Smith starred on both offense and defense for the Dragons, helping lead Pepperell to
the state playoffs. During his career, Smith set the state record for carries in a game with a whopping 54
against Villa Rica. He also played every down on defense in that game as well.
Smith was a two-time All-State performer in football, making the team as a running back and as a
linebacker. He also was named the Rome News-Tribune Player of the Year in football. Smith didn’t just
star in football though as he earned a spot on the RNT All-Area Basketball Team four years and won back-
to-back to-back state titles in the shot put.
Smith earned an academic and athletic scholarship to UAB and was a three-year starter at linebacker. He
set a NCAA record with 17 solo tackles against Arizona. Open up the UAB Football Media Guide and
Smith’s name still features prominently in the UAB record books where his 2007 season ranks him in the
top 10 in several defensive categories. He also was named to the Butkus Award semifinalist list while
playing with the Blazers in 1998.
The five candidates were chosen from a field of more than 40 nominees. The Hall of Fame Committee’s
10-person group vote on the nominees with the top vote getters earning a spot in the class.
Nominations for the Rome-Floyd Sports Hall of Fame are accepted year round. Nomination guidelines
can be found at rfpra.com.