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Question and Answer with

Mark Clem

Q: What years did you play at Rockwood? 
I played in 1976.77 and 78.  Back then you could not play High School until you were a sophomore.

Q: What position did you play?
I played guard on offense and tackle on defense.

Q: What coaches did you play for?
My head coach was Mike Collier, Defensive coach was C. W. Pemberton, offensive line coach was Bob Meredith and Clarence Holloway coached Tight Ends and scout team.

Q: Where did you go to college and where did you graduate from?
I went to Roane State my first year.  I then went to Tennessee Tech for my second year and walked on to the football team.  After that year I came back to Roane State and then transferred to the University of Tennessee where I graduated with a BS in General Business in 1985

Q: Where was your first job?
My first job was with the Kroger Company where I started working for in college.  I worked there for 12 years as a clerk and manager.

Q: Where are you currently working?
After I left the Kroger Company I sold insurance for a local business for 1 year.  I then got back into retail with Wal-Mart for the next 2 years.  In 1997 I accepted a job with Shelter Insurance as an agent here in Rockwood and have been employed with them for the last 17 years.

Q: Tell us about your family.
I married a Harriman girl in 1984, Robin Garner.  She is a hairdresser and has been for nearly 30 years. We have 2 sons, Chase 24 and Riley 19.  Chase graduated from Bryan College where he played baseball.  Riley just finished his freshman year at UT where he is a manger on the baseball team.  Chase played football and baseball at Rockwood for 4 years while Riley played basketball and baseball for 4 years. 

Q: What are your hobbies?
Up to last year my hobbies were going to High School sporting events to watch my sons play.  I also follow UT football, basketball and baseball.  I also help with the middle and high school youth at First Baptist Church here in Rockwood where I also teach Sunday School for the middle school aged kids.

Q: Do you attend many Rockwood games today?
I go to most games even the road games if they are not too far away.  I stay involved with the program thru the Rockwood Football Alumni Association which we started in 2005.

Q: What is your fondest memory at Rockwood Tiger Football?
Most would think it would be winning the State Championship in 1976 but it's not.  My fondest memory would be beating Lenior City in 1978 at Rockwood when they were the #1 ranked team in the state lead by future Vol and professional player Chris Wampler.  We won 14-10 and Lenior City finished 9-1 and didn't make the playoffs.

Q: What are your fondest memories of your Kingston-Harriman games?
The fondest memory of my games with Harriman was scoring a TD my senior year off of a muffed punt.  I still kid Dennis Wampler, the Harriman punter, as to how far I ran it back.  The Kingston game that sticks out was my Junior year when we played them for the first time in a while and we jumped on them early and led 42-0 at the half.  We had other close games with both teams but I am proud to say I never lost to a county team in my 3 years. 

Q: Any final thoughts or comments?
I was blessed to play for some of the best coaches in High School football during my 3 years.  We had a combined record of 34-3 during that time with a State Championship in 76.  We had a great 5 year run from 74-78 where we went 55-5 and could have won a few more titles but we didn't.  It was a privilege to run onto Civitan Field and play for the Tigers.  We have lots of memories and stories that we still tell today that never seem to get old.  I am proud to say I AM STILL A ROCKWOOD TIGER!!

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