Wild Hog Lease Member Exception Set To Expire On July 31

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is reminding all individuals involved in private hunting leases that they must be listed as designees on a landowner’s wild hog exemption in order to assist with wild hog control after July 31.

Currently, individuals that are a part of leases established before Sept. 15, 2011 are allowed to assist landowners with wild hog control in addition to the designees listed on the landowner’s exemption.

The TWRA converted its wild hog management program from big game to nuisance control in 2011. The expiring exception was originally created to accomadate hunters who had entered lease agreements prior to the TWRA’s change in wild hog management.

Landowners are able to have 10 designees on tracts of less than 1,000 acres. For those individuals who own at least 1,000 acres, a designee may be added for every 100 acres. For example if a landowner has 2,000 acres, he or she may have 20 designees.

For persons who suspect they have wild hogs on their property, they can contact a wild hog expert at one of the four TWRA regional offices. The Region I (West Tennessee) office can be reached at 731 423-5725 or 800 372-3928, Region II (Middle Tennessee) 615 781-6622 or 800 624-7406, Region III (Cumberland Plateau) 931 484-9571 or 800 262-6704, and Region IV (East Tennessee) 423 587-7037 or 800 332-0900.



Master Gardeners Of Hamilton County Offer Free Gardening Classes

The Master Gardeners of Hamilton County (MGHC), in association with the University of Tennessee Extension, extend their outreach with a series of Third Saturday Free Gardening Classes.  On Oct. 21, from 10 a.m.-noon, master gardener Bertha Livingston leads “Children in the Garden,” a workshop for adult/child partners.  MGHC classes take place at the UT Extension, ... (click for more)

New TV Series Puts National Spotlight On Outdoor Adventures In Georgia

The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism division teamed up with the new travel show ‘The Excursion with David Zelski’ to put a spotlight on Georgia’s outdoor adventures. This new travel show airs regionally on Fox Sports Southeast and on Discovery’s Destination America.  A full list of episodes including air dates and times is available on  ExploreGeorgia.org ... (click for more)

$125 Million County School Building Plan Includes Shifting CSLA To Tyner Middle; Combining Tyner High/Middle; New Harrison Elementary, New East Hamilton Middle

Hamilton County School officials on Thursday unveiled a $125 million building plan that includes moving the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts to the current Tyner Middle School, which will undergo a major renovation. Tyner Middle will move across the street into Tyner High School. Both Tyner buildings have been under-utilized for a number of years. There will also be ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Committee Says Pulling Away From County Schools Is "Feasible"

After eight months of investigating the viability of Signal Mountain establishing a separate school district, a committee of six has determined that it is feasible and would meet the goal of improving the education provided to students. The committee was also tasked with identifying obstacles and if possible to find ways to overcome them.  Results of the report were presented ... (click for more)

The Deer Decline At Enterprise South Nature Park

There are now 11 fewer deer to see at Enterprise Nature Park. The hunters snuck another one in secretly so as not to cause controversy.   I go to that park three or four times a week, and haven't seen any deer for months, and I used to see them all the time. They had to put out "salt licks" to attract deer from surrounding areas outside the park. Then they killed them ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: At Last! New Schools

In this me-me-me-only-me world of today, we-we-we-finally got a thrilling $125 million facility plan for the Hamilton County Department of Education on Thursday night. The School Board unanimously approved a well-thought-out “first Band-Aid” that will provide a new elementary school in Harrison, middle schools in East Hamilton and Howard, and a quite-satisfactory answer to move ... (click for more)