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TVAcation: Visiting TVA dams for vacation getaways here at home

TVA’s dams provide hydropower, flood control, water quality, navigation and ample water supply for the Tennessee Valley. Did you know that they also supply summertime fun? Come summer, TVA operates its dams to fill the reservoirs for recreation. Boating, fishing, swimming, rafting and blueway padding are all supported by TVA with boat ramps, swim beaches …

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OUTDOORS: Hunt Seasons Proposals Previewed At April Meeting

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency presented a preview of its proposals for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 hunting and trapping seasons at the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission’s April meeting. The two-day meeting included various presentations on what is involved in the seasons-setting process, and regulations in regard to big game, small game, the use of …

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Whitwell Middle students to take part in historic Arbor Day tree planting event on Tuesday

Students at Whitwell Middle School are set to take part in a special tree planting event centered around the annual TMA/OSM Arbor Day events this year with the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation (CCWF) on Tuesday, April 10th. CCWF President Barry Thacker, PE and board member Carol Moore recently met with Whitwell Middle Assistant Principal, Dr. …

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TN groups sue feds over treatment of Cherokee National Forest

CLEVELAND, Tenn. – Covering more than 650,000 acres, the Cherokee National Forest is one of Tennessee’s many crown jewels for outdoor recreation and scenic vistas. But conservation groups are concerned about the treatment of part of that land. The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), on behalf of the Sierra Club Tennessee Chapter and Tennessee Heartwood, …

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OUTDOORS: A Silver Lining to Winter Weather for TN Forests

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The frigid temperatures experienced in parts of Tennessee this season – and likely future visits by Jack Frost – have at least one benefit: Low temps help kill the hemlock woolly adelgid, a non-native species responsible for killing thousands of mature hemlock trees. Forestry experts are in a race against time to …

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OUTDOORS: Freezing Temps May Reduce Water Weeds

Recent bitter cold temperatures across the Tennessee Valley may cause some people to worry about their plumbing, but for recreational boaters and swimmers who battle water weeds in area lakes, the deep freeze has been a good thing. “Mother Nature is the best aquatic plant management tool we have,” says Brett Hartis, PhD, TVA’s lead …

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Plans approved for building of new inn at Fall Creek Falls State Park

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Plans to rebuild guest lodging at Tennessee’s largest and most-visited state park have been approved. The State Building Commission approved the plans for Fall Creek Falls State Park. Work at the 26,000-acre park is expected to take one and a half to two years. Two existing facilities are to be torn down, and …

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TVA aquatic biologists identify new fish species

When you hear news about an animal species these days, it’s rarely good. Most often, it’s about overabundance or scarcity. But occasionally, there’s a surprise: the discovery of something new. Consider the case of the Tennessee Logperch (Percina apina), a darter discovered in cool water streams that are tributaries to the Tennessee River in middle …

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Gun season for Deer opens this Saturday in Tennessee

Tennessee’s 2017-18 gun hunting season for deer opens Saturday, Nov. 18. Deer gun season has the traditional opening date of the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. During gun season, sportsmen may also use muzzleloader or archery equipment. The season will continue through Jan. 7, 2018 and the second Young Sportsman Hunt is Jan. 13-14. Anyone born …

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‘Grains & Grits’ festival of Southern spirits coming to Townsend, TN on Nov. 4th

TOWNSEND, Tenn. — The second annual Grains and Grits event, a festival of Southern spirits and gourmet grub, will bring together whiskey lovers from around the state for the East Tennessee celebration of the  new Tennessee Whiskey Trail, a 26-stop distillery tour across the state of Tennessee organized by the Tennessee Distillers Guild. All 26 distilleries will gather for the …

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Polaris ACE ROV recalled due to fire hazard

Polaris, a major manufacturer in ATV, ROV, and other off-road and 4×4 recreational vehicles has announced a recall on on of their products over concerns of fire and burn hazards. The recall involves all model year 2014 through 2016 Polaris Ace 325 recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs). Company officials say the recall will affect about 6,300 …

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Archery And Youth Elk Hunts Conclude; Gun Hunt Begins On Saturday

TWRA’s 2017 archery and youth elk hunts are in the books as the final segment begins this Saturday on the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.  This final hunt will include gun, muzzleloader or archery equipment for the seven lucky participants who received permits earlier this year. In its second year, TWRA’s archery only elk hunt concluded with three-out-of-seven …

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