Hunters For The Hungry Helps Feed Families In 9th District

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Tennessee Wildlife Federation has announced Senator Mike Bell’s support of Tennesseans through his donation to Hunters for the Hungry. 

Senator Bell’s donation will fund processing and distribution of venison to food insecure families residing in communities in and near Tennessee’s 9th Senate District, which includes Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk Counties. Last year, in this district alone, community members donated more than 1,839 pounds of venison to create 7,356 meals for neighbors in need. These donations combined with those from other East Tennessee communities provided 146,308 servings of venison. 

Hunters for the Hungry is a program providing healthy protein to hungry Tennesseans. When hunters harvest a deer, they may donate it to Hunters for the Hungry at a participating processor. The venison is processed for free or at a reduced rate and then provided to area food banks or soup kitchens. One deer provides as many as 168 meals of venison. 

“It is extremely important for people to get healthy protein in their diets, but many families struggle to find healthy protein because it is often expensive,” said Senator Bell. “Hunters for the Hungry is a great organization that makes it possible for Tennesseans to get the protein they need for a healthy balanced diet, who might not otherwise have the option.  As an avid hunter myself, I enjoy donating to this organization and encourage my fellow hunters to do the same.”    

Thanks to hunters in the area and the support of legislators like Senator Bell, both 2015 and 2016 were record seasons for Hunters for the Hungry. Tennessee Wildlife Federation is hoping to continue the trend—making the 2017 season the most impactful yet and providing more meals to those in need.

“Hunters for the Hungry is in its 20th year in Tennessee and has provided nearly six million meals in that time thanks to neighbors giving back to neighbors,” said Hunters for the Hungry manager, Matt Simcox. “Senator Bell’s generosity will ensure we continue to reach and feed Tennesseans in need. The Federation is thrilled he is working to strengthen our communities and Tennessee.”



New Trout Fishery To Open In Fall Creeks Falls State Park

TWRA has partnered with Fall Creek Falls State Park to bring new trout fishing opportunities to the area.   Both rainbow trout and brook trout will be stocked in the upper sections of Cane Creek by  March 1 .  The rainbows will be placed in The George Hole, near the Nature Center, where anglers will have ample bank-fishing access and the brookies will be stocked ... (click for more)

Getting Back To Our Roots

When you think about TVA, you think about a lot of things: electricity, economic development, flood control, hydropower, dams, navigation, water quality and much more. But did you know that planting trees to improve both the land and water resources in the Valley was a big part of TVA’s primary mission from the beginning? Listed as priority number two on in the TVA Act of 1933, ... (click for more)

Daisy Elementary Evacuated After Bomb Threat

Daisy Elementary School was evacuated on Friday, after a threatening message about a bomb was found on a wall. The school was evacuated immediately, and public safety personnel responded to inspect the building.  The students were taken to the gym at Soddy Daisy High and provided with food as they waited to reenter the building.   Children and teachers were ... (click for more)

East Ridge Council Approves Funding For $2.3 Million Camp Jordan Upgrade; Christopher Harris Chosen As Administrative Hearing Officer

The city of East Ridge is continuing to make improvements and upgrades in the city’s appearance and facilities. At the Jan. 11 city council meeting, approval was given for moving forward to make improvements at Camp Jordan Park. This overhaul for the 40-year-old park includes upgrades to restrooms, concessions, fencing, bleachers, grading baseball and softball fields, turfing the ... (click for more)

Reflections On Billy Graham

Sandra and I are saddened this morning after learning of the death of Billy Graham. We rejoice today, because Mr. Graham once said "It will be reported that Billy Graham has died, but that won't be the truth. He said the truth is that he had only moved to a new location".  I remember when we named 15th Street as Billy Graham Avenue, his daughter Gigi came for the dedication ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We’re The Angriest State

WalletHub, a financial-health website that has found it can draw a lot of attention by ranking the states on which is “fattest,” smartest, and so forth, has just announced its “sinful” rating and Tennessee churches should be ashamed of the job they are doing in making the Volunteer State a haven for puritans. Then again, our tourism may soon explode … remember Sodom & Gomorrah. ... (click for more)