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Excess Sandhill Crane Hunting Permits Available Oct. 16

Press release from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; October 14, 2013:

NASHVILLE — Leftover permits from Saturday’s drawing to participate in Tennessee’s first sandhill crane hunt will be available on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the four regional offices of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

There are 134 permits available following Saturday’s hand-held permit drawing held at the Birchwood Community Center in north Hamilton County. The remaining permits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the four TWRA regional offices beginning at 9 a.m. EDT in Region IV and 8.a.m CDT at the three other regional offices.

The regional offices are located in Jackson (I), Nashville (II), Crossville (III), and Morristown (IV).

A total of 400 permits were available for the initial draw. Each permit carries a limit of three birds. Participants must have a Type 001 hunt/fish license plus a Type 005 waterfowl license or equivalent.

All sandhill crane permit holders must pass an internet-based crane identification test before hunting. All permits issued are not valid until a verifiable “Sandhill Test” validation code is written on the permit. The purpose of this test is to improve hunter’s awareness and ability to distinguish between sandhill cranes and protected species which may be encountered while hunting. The test is now available online.

The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission established a limited sandhill crane hunting season for a designated area in East Tennessee. The sandhill crane hunting season begins with the late waterfowl season on Nov. 28 and runs through Jan. 1, 2014.

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NC Environmental Officials to Take Tennesseans’ Comments on Draft Discharge Permit Affecting Pigeon River

State of Tennessee Press Release, Jan 12, 2010:

NEWPORT, Tenn. – The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission will visit Newport, Tennessee on January 25, 2010 to take Tennesseans’ public comments on the draft permit North Carolina is proposing to issue to Blue Ridge Paper Products, Inc., doing business as Evergreen Packaging. The proposed permit regulates the discharge of wastewater to the Pigeon River at Canton, North Carolina upstream of the Tennessee state line.

The meeting will be held at Cocke County High School at 216 Headrick Drive in Newport. Registration begins at 5 p.m. and presentations will begin at 6 p.m. It is being held at the urging of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the Tennessee General Assembly and the Cocke County Mayor’s Office to give Tennesseans an opportunity to give the state of North Carolina their comments regarding the proposed North Carolina permit.

North Carolina’s draft permit is available for review online at http://h2o.enr.state.nc.us/NPDES/documents/Blue_Ridge_Paper_Draft_Permit-2009.pdf.

North Carolina’s draft fact sheet is available for review online at http://h2o.enr.state.nc.us/NPDES/documents/Blue_Ridge_Paper_Draft_Fact_Sheet-2009.pdf.

The Tennessee meeting is in addition to a public hearing being held in Waynesville, North Carolina that is required by law. The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission will hold the Waynesville hearing on January 26 at Tuscola High School at 564 Tuscola Road. Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the hearing will begin at 7 p.m. The public notice issued by the North Carolina Commission may be viewed by clicking http://h2o.enr.state.nc.us/admin/pubinfo/documents/BlueRidgePaperHearingNotice-2010.doc.