TWRA Fisheries Division Announces Annual Honors

Thursday, December 8, 2016
John Hammonds (holding plaque) is the Fisheries Biologist of the Year. Pictured (from left) are TFWC Chairman Harold Cannon, Fisheries Chief Frank Fiss, TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter, John Hammonds, and Region IV Fisheries Program Coordinator Bart Carter.
John Hammonds (holding plaque) is the Fisheries Biologist of the Year. Pictured (from left) are TFWC Chairman Harold Cannon, Fisheries Chief Frank Fiss, TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter, John Hammonds, and Region IV Fisheries Program Coordinator Bart Carter.

John Hammonds and Perry Massengill have been honored by being named the Fisheries Division’s biologist of the year and fisheries technician of the year, respectively.

Mr. Hammonds is the Reservoir Operations coordinator in TWRA Region IV. Mr. Massengil serves as a Technician 2 for the Region III reservoir fisheries crew.

Mr. Hammonds has been with the agency for 12 years, where he has served as a reservoir biologist prior to moving into his current position. As the coordinator for Reservoir Operations, he is responsible for fisheries programs focusing on fisheries data collection, and habitat improvements. 

Mr. Hammonds has made efforts in developing and implementing innovative reservoir habitat management projects and assisting on aquatic nuisance species issues.  He has administered and secured reservoir funding opportunities for the agency and addressing habitat permitting for area reservoirs. He has played a key role in securing in funding to assist with cooperative projects regarding reservoir habitat enhancement and shoreline vegetation management in regional reservoirs.

His efforts over the last year have led to the expansion of the habitat enhancement project within TWRA and developed a new level of cooperation in managing East Tennessee reservoirs. He has worked to prevent the spread of the invasive zebra mussels from a quarry used by recreational divers.

Mr. Hammonds has continued to act as the chair for the Outreach Committee of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Fisheries Society. He has always been willing to assist other work units and regularly helps out with harvesting hatchery ponds, stream surveys, public programs, and administrative support. He has also recently been involved with a trout in the classroom project in his hometown of Newport and conducts a stream side ecology program for a local school every year. 

Mr. Massengill has served the TWRA for 20 years. In addition to performing a variety of fish survey work, he is also entrusted with the task of entering and organizing most of the data. He displays a sincere commitment to Tennessee’s anglers which is evident in his willingness to go above and beyond on various projects.  

Mr. Massengill works to help educate the next generation of anglers, and has teamed with his colleagues to conduct workshops with local high school fishing teams. These workshops show young anglers how aquatic nuisance species move and how to check their boats.

Mr. Massengill served on an advisory board for Rhea County High School to help develop job descriptions for wildlife and fisheries management careers. He also participated in Earth Day activities in Rhea County. He has an active role with the Annual Chuck Copeland Memorial Fishing Rodeo, which is one of the largest events in the state.  He also takes a lead in planning the event, arranges for special guests, and works on prizes and donations. 



Get The Skinny On Watts Bar Weeds

Social media is a buzz about Watts Bar weeds. So we asked our TVA aquatic plant expert Dr. Brett Hartis – What exactly is going on with Watts Bar Weeds? It seems like there are a lot of theories about what’s going on with aquatic plants this year on Watts Bar Lake. We’ve heard everything from high water flows, commercial plant management companies killing weeds lake-wide, property ... (click for more)

TVA Invites Public Input On Proposed Updates To Natural Resource Plan

The Tennessee Valley Authority is inviting the public to get involved in updating its 2011 Natural Resource Plan, which guides how TVA manages public lands and waters in its seven-state service area.   The 2011 plan organized TVA’s work into six resource areas, but did not include all of TVA’s Natural Resource efforts. In the 2020 Natural Resource Plan, TVA proposes 10 focus ... (click for more)

State Democrats Refile Suit In Hamilton County Seeking To Keep Robin Smith Off The Ballot; Election Commission Calls Emergency Meeting

The Tennessee Democratic Party has refiled a lawsuit seeking to keep former state GOP Chairman Robin Smith off the ballot in the Aug. 2 primary ballot. In response, the Election Commission has called an emergency meeting for Monday at 9 a.m. The case has been assigned to Chancellor Pam Fleenor. State Democrats are asking for an expedited hearing. Ms. Smith was ... (click for more)

Woman Stabbed Multiple Times At Park Village Apartments

Jeanette Tulloss, 51, was found on the ground outside Park Village Apartments early Tuesday morning. Police said she had sustained multiple stab wounds to her back. Following the incident, Shana Smith, 33, was arrested for attempted homicide and aggravated assault. Officers spoke to Ms. Tulloss in the emergency room of Erlanger Hospital. She said she was approached by Ms. Smith ... (click for more)

Employee Who Stole From East Ridge Should Be Prosecuted

Why has the East Ridge employee who was fired for theft not been charged with theft?    City Manager Scott Miller made the statement that the employee had problems and that the stolen items were returned.  What does that have to do with the employee stealing ?   He has had a history of abuse of city resources. Why is he not being prosecuted? ... (click for more)

Am I Alone? - And Response (5)

Am I alone seems to be quite apt as I begin to form sentences, thoughts and concerns regarding the state of this country. I feel like I am alone trying, somehow, to justify Trump and understand why he is constantly in the middle of chaos.  Now coined as the Liar-in-Chief, Chief Foreign Affairs Coordinator acting for his pal Russian Dictator, Putin.  The silence ... (click for more)