6 Persons Chosen To Take Part In Elk Hunt, Including Ronnie Gibson Of Soddy Daisy

Friday, August 23, 2013

The six persons who will participate in the 2013 Tennessee Elk Hunts were announced Thursday during the committee meetings of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Four of the sportsmen were winners selected in a computer drawing conducted by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The four Tennessee residents selected were Timothy R.

Collins (Cookeville), James A. McDonald III (Knoxville), Ronnie E. Gibson (Soddy Daisy), and Michael W. Graves (Lebanon).

Those selected will participate in Tennessee’s fifth-ever managed elk hunt to be held Oct. 21-25 at the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area. A total of 10,343 persons applied for this year’s hunt, an increase from last year’s 6,111 applicants. The application period concluded in July this year rather than in May the previous four years of the hunt.

The fifth permit was donated to a Non-Governmental Organization which was the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. The permit was auctioned on eBay in July. Tommy Daile of Knoxville had the high bid of $8,700. This year’s bid is $1,900 higher than last year’s successful bid of $6,800. Fund-raising proceeds raised from the bid are designated for the TWRA Elk Program.

Following the elk hunt, the Second Tennessee Young Sportsman Hunt will be held the weekend of Oct. 26-27. For the second time in as many years, a girl has won the youth permit. Laurel A. Allen, a resident of Jacksboro, which is located near North Cumberland WMA, is this year’s youth participant.

This year’s hunters will be out to match the success of last year’s participants. All six persons recorded harvests in 2012.


Clean Stream Grants Application Period Extended

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the application period for grant dollars for stream clean-up projects and planting projects has been extended through July 11.  The availability of the grant dollars are to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with stream clean-up projects ... (click for more)

Eighth Annual Operation Dry Water Weekend Starts Friday

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, Friday-Sunday. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.  Operation Dry Water is held the weekend prior to the Independence Day (July 4) holiday ... (click for more)

Fire Destroys Highway 58 BBQ

A fire destroyed a barbeque restaurant on Highway 58 on Friday afternoon.   Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to the Highway 58 BBQ around 6 p.m. The business is located at 4921 Highway 58. Though the business was housed in a small building, the flames and smoke could be seen from a long distance away.  Captain Teri Rose with Quint 6 said the ... (click for more)

2nd Independent Candidate May Be On Walker County Ballot

A second Independent candidate may be on the ballot for sole commissioner of Walker County in the election on Nov. 8. Perry D. Lamb, Jr. has been working toward collecting the necessary 1,640 signatures of registered voters on a petition. His campaign said he is close to the goal. Incumbent Bebe Heiskell is running an an Independent. Election officials said since she was ... (click for more)

Save Coolidge Park - And Response (2)

Last Monday morning while at work a good friend messaged me concerning a matter that I had not heard anything about dealing with Coolidge Park and its future. Apparently that night the City Council was to read an ordinance that would allow the mayor to start negotiations with the relocation of the Medal of Honor Museum. This ordinance would enable the city to lease approximately ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Looking For A Wife

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is a really cool place. I tried to buy a huge mounted buffalo head in an antique store there one time until I found out the shipping charges were four times what the head was worth. But suddenly my rapt attention is riveted on Coeur d'Alene again because a dazzling social experiment is taking place this very moment at a plush resort in north Idaho. Several ... (click for more)