Public Invitation To TWRA Region 4 Office For TFWC Special Meeting On Aug. 1

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The public is invited to attend the special called meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC), which will be held via conference call on Friday, Aug. 1 at 12:00 noon (EST). The only item on the agenda is in regard to early migratory bird hunting seasons.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) approved the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s and the Mississippi Flyway Council’s request to increase the early wood duck and teal hunting daily season bag limit from 4 to 6 (no more than two wood ducks) and also allow the addition of teal-only hunting days to this season. The approval came at a meeting of the USFWS in late June.

The TFWC will vote whether or not to approve the agency’s and flyway council’s recommendation.

Interested members of the public and media representatives wishing to attend the conference call or provide input should be seated by 12:00 noon (EST) in the auditorium of the TWRA’s Region 4 office in Morristown located at 3030 Wildlife Way.

The request was made in response to the high blue-winged teal populations and similar recent expansions in states with September teal-only hunting seasons.

The TWRA staff worked for months with the Mississippi and Atlantic Flyways and the USFWS to bring this request forward.  The request is based on biological information in a 2013 report made available to the flyway councils. These changes would be experimental for three years.

The TFWC’s next regular meeting will be held Jackson on Aug. 28-29, at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center.


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)

Family At Bedside Of Legendary Lady Vol Coach Pat Summitt

The family of legendary Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt was at her bedside on Sunday. Erin Freeman, of the Pat Summitt Foundation, released this statement: “On behalf of Pat Summitt’s family, we acknowledge the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ progresses. "She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during ... (click for more)

Firefighters Put Out Fire In Compost Pile At City's Wood Recycling Center

Chattanooga firefighters were called to a fire at the city's wood recycling center on N. Hawthorne Street around noon on Sunday. Battalion Chief Don Bowman said the smoke and flames could be seen from several miles away.   Firefighters with five fire companies worked to get the blaze under control, using master streams from two aerials and some hand-held hoselines. The ... (click for more)

Improvements Needed At Entrance To Wilcox Tunnel

I am writing this letter to bring to your attention to a city traffic issue that needs to be addressed immediately, the sooner the better. I can see no large cost factor.   Recently, while as a concerned citizen, removing trash and litter from the entry/exit area of the Wilcox Tunnel on the side that runs into Chamberlain Avenue, I fully realized that this area could ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Will George Go?

George Will, easily one of the most respected conservative columnists in America and a Republican commentator, was a guest on Fox News Sunday yesterday when he made a very revealing statement. He announced he has left the Republican Party “for the same reason I joined it” and that he is not only disappointed by the party’s actions but its increasingly-inept leadership as well. ... (click for more)