Alexander, Corker Say Tennessee Wilderness Act Would Preserve Nearly 20,000 Acres In Cherokee National Forest

Monday, July 15, 2013

Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tn.) on Monday introduced the Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013, which would designate as wilderness nearly 20,000 acres in six areas of the Cherokee National Forest.

Senator Alexander said, “I grew up hiking the mountains of East Tennessee, and conserving these areas gives future generations of Tennesseans the same sort of opportunity. This legislation takes important steps toward protecting our natural heritage, and gives the millions of people who visit Tennessee each year an additional reason to come and enjoy our outdoors.”

Senator Corker said, “I think Tennesseans take great pride in the fact that millions of people visit our state every year to experience our incredible God-given amenities. I thank Senator Alexander for his lifelong commitment to protecting wilderness areas and am proud to join him in this effort to preserve Cherokee National Forest for future generations of Tennesseans and Americans to enjoy.”

“This is unfinished business that needs to get done,” said Jeff Hunter with Tennessee Wild, the coalition working to protect the Cherokee National Forest.  “The people of Tennessee overwhelmingly support protecting the Cherokee and we are thankful to Senators Alexander and Corker for their continued commitment to preserving our great natural wonders. We will continue to work with the delegation on this legislation and are hopeful that the areas will be protected soon for future generations to enjoy.”

The legislation would create one new wilderness area, and expand the boundaries of five existing wilderness areas, within the Cherokee National Forest. The new wilderness area would be the Upper Bald River Wilderness, which is more than 9,000 acres in Monroe County.

Creating and expanding these wilderness areas would have no effect on privately-owned land. The legislation would preserve access to federally owned land that has already been made part of existing Wilderness Study Areas by the U.S. Forest Service.

The Tennessee Wilderness Act of 2013:

  • Creates the 9,038-acre Upper Bald River Wilderness (Monroe County)
  • Adds 348 acres to the Big Frog Wilderness (Polk County)
  • Adds 966 acres to the Little Frog Wilderness (Polk County)
  • Adds 2,922 acres to the Sampson Mountain Wilderness (Washington and Unicoi County)
  • Adds 4,446 acres to the Big Laurel Branch Wilderness (Carter and Johnson County)
  • Adds 1,836 acres to the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness (Monroe County)





Billy LaGrange Named Southeastern Association Of Fish And Wildlife Agencies Tennessee Wildlife Officer Of The Year

Billy LaGrange has been named the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Wildlife Officer of the Year for the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (SEAFWA). The award recipient was announced by Col. Darren Rider, TWRA Boating and Law Enforcement Division Chief.           Mr. LaGrange is a wildlife officer ... (click for more)

Young Sportsman Deer Hunt Is Oct. 25-26

The first of two Tennessee young sportsman deer hunts for the 2014-15 season will be held the weekend of Oct. 25-26. Youth ages six-16 years of age may participate, Young sportsmen must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, 21 or older who must remain in position to take immediate control of the hunting device. The adult must also comply with the fluorescent orange regulations ... (click for more)

Legendary Radio Broadcaster Luther Dies At 92 After Record 74 Years On The Air

Legendary radio broadcaster Luther Masingill died early Monday morning at Memorial Hospital surrounded by family and friends. He was 92 and had been on the air for a record 74 years. Luther began his career with WDEF on New Years Day 1941. Throughout his life he was honored with the Marconi Award, inducted into the Tennessee and National Association of Broadcasters Halls of Fame ... (click for more)

Gas Prices Drop Another 7.6 Cents In Chattanooga

Average retail gasoline prices in Chattanooga have fallen 7.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.81 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 170 gas outlets in Chattanooga. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.12 per gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including ... (click for more)

Frances Pope Is The Only Answer For East Ridge Mayor

The time is upon us to stand together for a change, a changing of the guard for the better.  A time to elect officials that will actually listen to all the citizens that have concerns. A time to come together to watch East Ridge grow with new development. A time to elect the people in charge of the direction the city goes. A time when community involvement is essential. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UT Ain’t Heard Nothing Yet!

Just moments before Florida would seal a football 10-9 victory over Tennessee in early October, the student section in Neyland Stadium stooped to a new low when it vociferously chanted, “F*** you, Florida! F*** you, Florida!” It was shocking, a loud and vulgar display of all that sportsmanship isn’t, and served as a great embarrassment to Knoxville and the university. Jimmy Cheek, ... (click for more)