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Outdoors

  • Session on new hiking trail is today

        A potential new hiking trail linking Rugby to Wartburg will be discussed at a public information session on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion Building, located at 202 South Kingston Street in Wartburg.  

  • Hunting/fishing license on sale now

        Plan to hunt or fish this year? Now is the time to purchase your license to get the most out of Tennessee’s license year. New 2019-20 Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses are now on sale, with more than one million licenses expected to be purchased in the coming year. All current year Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses expire Thursday, Feb. 28.

  • Frozen Head State Park Programs

    Feb. 28 at 9 a.m. Trail Work Day- Join Park Rangers for a day building a new backcountry box at the Square Knob backcountry. Participants will hike for less than one mile. Expect to be out of the woods by 3:30 p.m. Wear clothes fit for manual labor, bring water and a sack lunch, and be ready for a muddy good time. Contact Joseph.Nowotarski @tn.gov if you have any questions.

  • Outdoor Tip

    Keep water out of your basement by:

    •   Install gutters with extensions on the downspouts to divert water away from your foundation.
    •   If you have planting beds next to your house, make sure there are gaps in the borders or edging to allow rainwater to flow away.
  • Exploring Agriculture and Forestry

    Winter birds commonly seen at feeders

        A favorite winter pastime of mine is to maintain a bird feeding station, observing the visitors, keeping a list of birds that show up each season. I know a lot of folks do the same, so I thought I would share a partial list of the most common birds that drop by my yard and tell a little about identify them.

  • T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League heads to Dale Hollow Lake for Mountain Division opener

        The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament season will continue Saturday, Feb. 23, with the Mountain Division opener on Dale Hollow Lake presented by Navionics. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively in the one-day tournament.
        Star Point Resort will host the event at Start Point Marina, located at 4490 Star Point Road in Byrdstown. Takeoff begins at 6:30 a.m. CST. Weigh-in is at 2:30 p.m.

  • 2019 Gardening Series

    March 12: Session 1 — Plant Disease
    Dr. Alan Windham, UT Professor, Plant Pathology, will visit to discuss plant disease and prevention

    April 9: Session 2 — Early Season preparation
    Topics include: Soil testing and amendments, early season weeds, plastic covers and mulches, weed control and automatic watering

  • Public invited to share input at TWRA Elk Program Workshop

        The Tennessee Wildlife Resources invites the public to attend an Elk Program Workshop to gather input regarding the elk program and implementation of the Strategic Elk Management Plan.
        The plan was approved in March 2018 and can be viewed on the “Elk in Tennessee” page on the TWRA website https://www.tn.gov/twra. Information about the elk program will be shared, and attendees will be asked to provide any thoughts and suggestions about important items for the upcoming year.

  • Pair of free Trapper Training Camps to be held

        The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Tennessee Fur Harvesters are hosting a pair of free trapper training camps in different regions of the state this winter.
        The first camp is at TWRA’s Buffalo Ridge Refuge in Humphreys County on Feb. 22-24. The second camp is at TWRA’s Hiwassee Refuge in Meigs County near the Hamilton County community of Birchwood on March 15-17.

  • Outdoor Tip

        Standing water and poor drainage in your yard can cause several serious problems, including:

    •   Attracting and increasing mosquitoes in your yard.
    •   Causing fungus and other diseases in your lawn.
    •   Allowing water to seep into your basement or crawlspace.

        To fix drainage problems in your yard: