Venomous Snakes Seized By TWRA, Charges Filed

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Officers have seized numerous venomous snakes from a LaFollette pastor after an investigation Thursday morning.

Officers received information that Andrew Hamblin, pastor of the Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette, was illegally possessing venomous snakes.  Two TWRA officers visited Hamblin’s home this morning to inquire about the snakes and Hamblin admitted to being in possession of them at his church. Hamblin then led officers to the church where the snakes were being held.

According to Sgt. Joe Durnin, Hamblin was in possession of around 50 venomous snakes that included both native and non-native species.  Hamblin was then issued a citation for Possession of Class 1 Wildlife, which includes species inherently dangerous to humans. 

The snakes are being transported to the Knoxville Zoo where they will be held as evidence until the Nov. 15, court date in Campbell County General Sessions court.

Campbell County District Attorney Lori Phillips-Jones said, “Possession of a large number of venomous snakes is a significant public safety hazard. I truly appreciate TWRA’s efforts to keep all our citizens safe.”


Annual Beyond Bow Muzzleloader Scheduled Nov. 11-13

The 2016 Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Muzzleloader Workshop will be sponsored by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Nov. 11-13 in Humphreys County. Female hunters 18 and older will have the opportunity to learn about hunting deer during the weekend. The workshop will be held at Buffalo Ridge Refuge which incorporates a variety of wildlife management practices and totals ... (click for more)

TWRA To Conduct Roadblocks On Agency Controlled Lands

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is planning to conduct roadblocks on several TWRA controlled or managed lands during the upcoming hunting seasons. TWRA controlled and managed lands include Wildlife Management Areas, public hunting areas, wildlife refuges and other properties under agency ownership or control including TVA property, Corps of Engineer lands, and the Cherokee ... (click for more)

Naked Man Involved In Collision On Highway 111 Taken Into Custody

A naked man who was involved in a wreck on Highway 111 late Friday morning is facing numerous charges. At approximately 11:40 a.m., Hamilton County Sheriff deputies started to receive numerous reports that a vehicle was driving erratically on U.S. Highway 111 and that the driver was stopping his vehicle and at one point got out of his vehicle in a naked state. According to ... (click for more)

City Council Incumbents Anderson, Gilbert, Freeman, Hakeem Pick Up Papers Seeking Re-Election

Four City Council incumbents have picked up papers for the March 7 city election. The latest getting qualifying petitions are Russell Gilbert in District 5, Chris Anderson in District 7 and Yusuf Hakeem in District 9. Moses Freeman in District 8 picked up earlier. Anthony Byrd is a possible challenger. Former District 7 Councilman Manny Rico has already qualified. Others ... (click for more)

Chattanooga's Citizens Are The Best

Today, when I finished my shift, my wife and I had a rare kid-free time where she and I could enjoy a nice quiet dinner. So, when I left my extra job and she left her job, we met at a neat local place in St. Elmo. She and I had been looking forward to and planning this dinner all day. You see, between my work with the city of Chattanooga, my many hours of extra jobs, and our responsibilities ... (click for more)

My Garden In October

Just when you thought the weather would never break, the heat was on low this morning as Tide and I stepped from the house to study our October garden. Falling leaves and the dog’s dirty tennis balls aside, let’s praise the Lord that, as a new month dawns, we are still blessed with orchids and onions galore. The dog asks that I include the fact October is National Pet Adoption month ... (click for more)