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TWRA Announces 2013-14 Wildlife Calendar Photo Contest Winners

Press release from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; May 1, 2013:

NASHVILLE — The winning entries for the 2013-14 Tennessee Wildlife magazine photo contest have been selected by staff members of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The selections will be unveiled in the annual calendar issue of the magazine which will be available in early July.

The staff selected the winning photographs from hundreds of submissions and had the challenge to narrow the entries to 13 photos that will appear in the calendar issue. The 2013-14 calendar issue will begin with the month of August.

The photographers, who have entries that will appear in the 2013-14 calendar, are Rhonda McClure (Kingston), Cecil (Cal) Calloway (Murfreesboro), David Mayes (Pulaski), Bruce Cole (Kingsport), Ryan Yoder (Maryville), Ralph Hensley (Hiltons, Va.), Sam Hobbs (Goodspring), and John Hoffman (Memphis).

The staff of Tennessee Wildlife offers congratulations to all of our winners and reminds photographers that if your photo was not chosen this year, your next year’s entry could be a winner. Rules and deadlines for the 2014-15 Tennessee Wildlife photo contest will appear in the fall and winter issues of the magazine and also in the fall on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s website, Photographers will again be invited to submit their best photos on fishing and wildlife species native to the Volunteer State, and fishing and hunting scenes in Tennessee.

Tennessee Wildlife is an official publication of the TWRA.

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TN Ranks No. 16 in Best-for-Business Study

Gov. Bill Haslam may have talked a good game in a video pitching Tennessee as one of the best states in the nation for businesses, but CNBC disagreed.

In an independent study, the news outlet ranked the Volunteer State 16th in the country.

While Tennessee couldn’t snag a best-in-the-nation title in any of the 10 categories CNBC calculated, the state managed to rank second for “cost of living,” unchanged from last year’s study. Tennessee improved its position in other categories, like ranking fourth for “infrastructure and transportation” and sixth for “business friendliness.”

However, it dropped down a peg and ranked forty-eighth in the country for “quality of life.”

The top states in the best-for-business study were Texas and Utah, the worst states Rhode Island and Hawaii.

Although the study’s been published, Tennessee is still vying to show the results up through a CNBC Top States Twitter Battle contest. The state with the most tweets calling it the best state in the nation for business wins. Tenneessee’s hashtag is #TopStateTN.

As of this posting, Tennessee fell off the leaderboard for that contest, too. The state was in fifth place Monday, but now trails behind Iowa, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Florida and Indiana. The winner will be announced Friday.

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Haslam Talks Up TN in Twitter Biz-Cred Contest

Gov. Bill Haslam has spent the last few months trying to convince voters to re-elect Republicans to the Legislature, but now he’s urging people to cast another vote — that Tennessee is the best for business.

The election is part of CNBC’s Top States Twitter Battle which asks people to weigh in on which states have got it going on for business.

“Buying American-made products often means buying something made in Tennessee,” said Haslam, who bragged that the Volunteer State “never gave up on manufacturing and our skilled workforce.”

“So now, the world comes to Tennessee to do business,” he said.

Tennesseans make an array of globally renown consumable and durable goods, from candy to cars, “and a little Jack Daniel’s whiskey, too,” Haslam said. “We also make a little music around here.”

“If you can buy it, we can ship it,” added the governor, referencing Amazon and FedEx.

The news channel will release its own study evaluating which states are the best for business Tuesday, followed Friday with the winner of the Twitter Battle. Tweeps have until Friday, July 12 to tweet with the hashtag #TopStateTN to cast their vote.

As of Monday, Tennessee was trailing behind four states in the Twitter battle, Iowa, Wisconsin, Florida and Virginia.