December TFWC Meeting Set For 1 Day In Nashville

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet in Nashville on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building.

The commission’s final scheduled meeting has been switched to one day, rather than the usual two-day format. Committee meetings will be held beginning at 9 a.m. with the regular session to follow.

Among the agenda items this month will be amendments in regard to rules and regulations for refuge, wildlife management areas, and public hunting areas. These include the unauthorized use of WMAs during deer, bear, and turkey hunts. Also, changes will put limits on the duration of stay for overnight camping on WMAs and other TWRA controlled lands.

TWRA has been stocking Florida Bass into various state waters since 1999. An overview of the Florida Bass stocking program will be presented along with results from stocking at Chickamauga Lake and other state lakes.

Jonathan Lee, Rutherford County wildlife officer, was the recipient of the Tennessee Wildlife Officer of the Year, and followed by being named the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA) Officer of the Year. He was presented the prestigious award in Oklahoma City in October. He was selected among officers from 15 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Lee will be recognized for his awards during the commission meeting.

Following the December meeting, the TFWC will return to its regular two-day meeting format. The first meeting of 2014 will be held Jan. 16-17, at the Ducks Unlimited National Headquarters in Memphis.


Fall Offers Great Trout Fishing Opportunities In Georgia

Are trout streams calling you to go fish Georgia?  Beautiful weather and fantastic scenery await you in the northern part of the state and beginning on  Nov. 1 , fishing on five delayed harvest trout streams will open, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. Trout streams are designated either seasonal or year-round.  ... (click for more)

Governor Haslam Dedicates Trail At Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area

Governor Haslam joined staff from the Tennessee Division of Natural Areas, Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation last Friday to dedicate a new trail at Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area. “Tennessee has incredible natural areas that offer something for everyone, and this partnership will help protect and preserve these lands for future generations ... (click for more)

Downtown Chattanooga Apartment Complex Fetches $15 Million

Walnut Commons, the first downtown apartment complex built in many years, sold for $15 million, one of the developers said. John Clark said the initial estimate on the project was $11 million and it wound up costing around $12 million to build. "We're very pleased with the sale," he said. Mr. Clark, along with partners David Hudson and Bob McKenzie, are selling their stock ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Principal Ronald Hughes Named Tennessee's 2014-15 Principal Of The Year

A Hamilton County elementary school principal and an Anderson County supervisor have earned top honors for their work in Tennessee education. Ronald Hughes, principal of Apison Elementary School in Chattanooga, was named Tennessee’s 2014-15 Principal of the Year. He has served as principal at Apison Elementary for the past six years, and spent three decades working in Tennessee ... (click for more)

Congratulations To Ron Hughes

Hearty congratulations to Ron Hughes for being selected as Tennessee State Elementary Principal of the Year for 2014. Wherever Ron has been assigned as principal, he has exhibited strong leadership both academically and morally. His faith in God and his love for the students of Hamilton County have guided his actions and everyone that has benefited from the excellent education ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Brittany’s Days Dwindle

So here we are, facing what is known as “Devil’s Night” before Halloween comes, and the almost macabre news now comes that Brittany Maynard, the beautiful girl who has chosen to end her life as soon as Saturday, is struggling to meet her own deadline. She has inoperable brain cancer and, at best, only months to live. The 29-year-old, who was married shortly before her devastating ... (click for more)