“Swing For The Trees” Has Planting Event

Friday, April 5, 2013
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Nashville Sounds were among those planting trees in Edwin Warner Park as part of the “Swing for the Trees” program. Shown, from left to right, are Don King (TWRA Information and Education division chief), Pandy English (Instream Flow coordinator, TWRA Environmental Services), Doug Scopel (Sounds assistant general manager), Brad Tammen (Sounds vice president/general manager) Steve Patrick (TWRA assistant director), and Ozzie (Sounds mascot).
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Nashville Sounds were among those planting trees in Edwin Warner Park as part of the “Swing for the Trees” program. Shown, from left to right, are Don King (TWRA Information and Education division chief), Pandy English (Instream Flow coordinator, TWRA Environmental Services), Doug Scopel (Sounds assistant general manager), Brad Tammen (Sounds vice president/general manager) Steve Patrick (TWRA assistant director), and Ozzie (Sounds mascot).

Officials from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the Nashville Sounds, Metro Parks staff, and Friends of Edwin Warner Park, along with other volunteers, gathered at the park to plant trees as part of the “Swing for the Trees” program.

“Swing for the Trees” is a tree planting program to promote the importance of trees to Tennessee. The TWRA participated in the program beginning last season. During the Sounds home games, where there was at least one broken bat, resulted in the opportunity for obtaining trees to be planted this spring. A total of 114 bats were broken by the Sounds in 2012.

Native trees including sugar maple, sycamore, northern red oak and red were planted along Vaughn Road between the Edwin Warner Park Headquarters and near the Little Harpeth River. The tree plantings will replace some of the trees used to make baseball bats and help to restore the riparian or stream bank habitats. In addition to wood products, trees provide shade, wildlife habitat, cool streams, fresh oxygen, erosion and flood control, and are a key part of contributing to Tennessee’s year-round beauty.

TWRA, along with the Sounds, and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture-Division of Forestry are set to be partners for the “Swing for the Trees” program in 2013. The Sounds play a 72-game home schedule and started the new campaign with an eight-game home stand beginning on Thursday. 


TWRA To Be Part Of Nature Fest

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will again be part of the Nature Fest held on  Tuesday, April 16 through Friday, April 19  at Pennebaker Hall on the Tennessee Tech University campus. The event highlights the wonderful, natural diversity found on the Cumberland Plateau through lectures, hikes and hands-on activities. The event is free and great for families.  ... (click for more)

Segment Of Yellow Trail Closed At Chickamauga Battlefield

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park is advising the public that a .73 mile segment of the Yellow Trail in Chickamauga Battlefield will be closed effective March 27, and will remain closed until further notice.  The section of trail that is closed runs parallel to Reed’s Bridge Road, in between the parking pull-off areas for the Blue Trail and the Green Trail. ... (click for more)

Cabela's To Open Fort Oglethorpe Store May 13

Cabela’s announced Monday plans to celebrate the official grand opening of its new Fort Oglethorpe store on Wednesday, May 13, with a unique ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a weekend-long celebration featuring giveaways, family activities and more.  The ribbon-cutting ceremony, hosted by Cabela's executives and special guests, will begin at 9:45 a.m. and conclude with ... (click for more)

City Detective Who Was Arrested Twice In 4 Months Is Fired After Internal Affairs Investigation

A city detective who was arrested twice in four months has been fired by Police Chief Fred Fletcher. David Catchings had been charged with DUI last September and then with domestic assault at the end of the year. Police said, "After a complete review of both investigations – which included recommendations from Internal Affairs, the Administrative Review Committee and Officer ... (click for more)

Physicians Thank Their Patients On Doctor’s Day

March 30 has been set aside as National Doctors’ Day since 1933 as a time to recognize the contributions made by our physicians. While the recognition is appreciated, our greatest satisfaction comes from caring for our patients.  For 132 years, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society has been the physicians’ voice as we worked together to improve health of our community. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Goodbye, Dr. Nassour

About 51 years ago, right after Jim Creel had graduated from the University of Texas and was in Guadalajara for medical school, he was surprised to find a complete stranger sitting on his battered and dusty Volkswagen. “He had seen my Longhorns sticker and was thrilled to find somebody else in Mexico who loved the University of Texas. “That’s when our friendship started and it ... (click for more)