National Safe Boating Week Is May 20-26

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The 2017 National Safe Boating Week is May 20-26 and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating to promote the wear of life jackets as the summer boating season begins.

The Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day is Friday, with the goal of demonstrating how easy it is to wear a life jacket. Participants wear a life jacket to work, demonstrating how easy to wear one, even while at work. Those who wear a life jacket to work are asked to have a photograph taken and message the Wear IT! Facebook page. Group photos are also welcome.

On Saturday, Ready, Set, Wear It!, will enter its eighth year in trying to bring awareness on the importance of life jacket wear by holding a world record day. 

The worldwide event kicks off the start of National Safe Boating Week.  Participants will again be part of the attempt to break a world record for the most life jackets worn at one time.  

Both events help usher in National Safe Boating Week which is annually held the week prior to Memorial Day Weekend. Boating partners across the United States and Canada are teaming to promote safe boating practices, including the wear of life jackets for National Safe Boating Week and throughout the 2017 boating season.

The goal of National Safe Boating Week is to educate the public about the importance of safe boating practices and wearing life jackets while on the water.


Waterfowl Season Opens In Georgia On Nov. 17

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Outdoors

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With waterfowl hunting season opening Saturday, Nov. 17, duck and goose hunters across Georgia should find similar wetland conditions to last year, according to experts with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. “Last year many of the managed wetlands that provide habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl on state-operated Wildlife Management ... (click for more)

Tennessee On The Way To A Record Bear Harvest

Just over halfway through the 2018 black bear hunting season, Tennessee hunters have already harvested 551 black bears since the season opened on September 22. The record of 589 black bears was set in 2011. TWRA Black Bear Program Leader Dan Gibbs points towards a spotty acorn crop this year to account for the high harvest. Simply put, the more that bears have to move in search ... (click for more)

Breaking News

City Council Considering Interim Ordinance Curbing Development Of Steep Slopes, Floodplains

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Chicago Drug Dealer Who Supplied Large Amount Of Heroin To Chattanooga Contacts Found Guilty By Federal Jury

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Opinion

Thanks To First Volunteer Bank

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Roy Exum: ‘Easy Eddie’ & Butch

Not an hour’s drive from where I now sit is one of the best restaurants in all of Tennessee. Its been some years since I last ate supper at High Point, a legendary mansion restored to elegance by the current owners but, back in the ‘60s, I got a wide-eyed teenager’s peek at the place one Sunday afternoon. What’s this? 14-inch walls filled with sand to stop a G-man’s bullet? Escape ... (click for more)