Spring City newcomer a Bassmaster champion

Many people know that Rhea County is home to three regular contenders in the top Fishing League Worldwide bass tournament series, including its points champion three of the last four years.

But now the county is home to a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament winner as well.

John Murray, a lifelong Phoenix resident who moved to Spring City a year and a half ago, came from 34th place on the second day of the Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend to winning the Louisiana event by five pounds on Sunday. His prize was $100,000.

His four-day total of 77 pounds, 10 ounces included the biggest third- and fourth-day totals of 23-7 and 24-15. On Saturday two of his five keepers weighed 7-10 and 6-12, and two of his five Sunday weighed 7-9 and 7-7.

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