2014 Peregrine Falcon Take Permit Winner Announced

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The 2014 permit for the trapping of a peregrine falcon to be used in falconry has been awarded, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced.

Hamilton County resident Spencer Morse is the winner of the Tennessee Peregrine Permit Draw. The drawing was held in Nashville in late August.

Only general or master class resident and non-resident falconers were eligible to participate in the drawing.

Peregrine falcons may only be taken under the authority of the drawn permit from counties located in the TWRA’s Region I (West Tennessee). This year was the fourth year that a permit will be issued in Tennessee. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service awarded Tennessee its first permit allowing the trapping of one Peregrine falcon for the use in falconry in 2011.

The population of Peregrine falcons, through state and federal conservation efforts, has recovered enough since their near-extinction in the early 20th century to allow for a limited take of these birds for the use in falconry.


Concessionaire Selected To Operate 6 TVA Campgrounds

Camping enthusiasts taking advantage of six popular Tennessee Valley Authority campgrounds should expect improved facility operations and customer service under management of a new concessionaire program when the facilities re-open this March. After reviewing proposals from 13 vendors, TVA has selected Recreation Resource Management LLC, a national company that manages over 150 ... (click for more)

New TFWC Officers Elected; Commissioner Griggs Honored For Tenure As Chairman

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission has elected its new officers for 2015-16 and Jeff Griggs was honored for his tenure as the commission’s chairman for the past year. Jim Bledsoe was named the TFWC’s new chairman. A Jamestown resident, he served as the group’s vice-chairman for the past year and as secretary the previous year.. He will preside over his first meeting as ... (click for more)

FCC Votes 3-2 To Approve EPB's Request To Expand Its Broadband Offerings

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to allow EPB to expand its broadband offerings to neighboring communities. Chairman Tom Wheeler and two other Democrats were in favor, while the two Republican members said the agency was acting illegally in overriding state law. EPB's phone, Internet and TV offerings have been far more successful than expected and ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Schools, UTC To Close Friday; Other Closings Announced

Due to remaining snow on some of the roadways and the potential for black ice overnight and into the morning, Hamilton County Schools will be closed on  Friday . School Age Child Care will also be closed. Employees who accrue vacation will report by  10 a.m.  and maintenance employees will report on regular schedule.  All classes are being ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Always Been A Battleground Between Good And Evil

From the thousands slain in nearby Chickamauga Battlefield during the Civil War…  To the launching point of the Cherokee Indian’s Trail of Tears…  To the lunch counter sit-ins led by Howard School students — the only high school student sit-ins in the nation — during the Civil Rights Movement…  To Walter Cronkite calling the polluted Southern industrial town ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our 92-Year-Old Victim

It is with great pride, and far greater relief, that I can report a “caretaker” is far different than a “boyfriend.” A story out of Memphis earlier this week morphed into a virtual fireball that had such power it appeared on the front page on a London newspaper and other news outlets all around the world when it was reported by the Associated Press a 28-year-old man had assaulted ... (click for more)