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Ramsey Congratulates Bristol Dentist’s Appointment to Chair TN Fish, Wildlife Commission

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey; February 25, 2013:

(February 25, 2013, NASHVILLE) – Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) congratulates Dr. Jeff McMillin of Bristol on his election as chairman of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC). The TFWC works with the State Legislature to provide direction and oversight to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). Dr. McMillin was appointed to the commission by Lt. Governor Ramsey in 2009 and elected chairman at the commission’s February meeting.

“I am extremely proud to see Jeff elected chairman of the TWRA. His deep and abiding love of the outdoors cannot help but be transmitted to everyone with whom he comes in contact,” said Lt. Governor Ramsey. “As a fellow outdoorsman, I have appreciated Jeff’s dedication to serving on this commission. He is a treasure to the state and the perfect person to oversee TWRA’s mission of conservation and preservation of Tennessee’s fish and wildlife.”

A native of Sullivan County, Dr. Jeff McMillin has been a practicing dentist in Bristol, Tennessee since 1981. After graduating with honors from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 1978, he acquired his doctorate of dental surgery (DDS) from University of Tennessee Memphis in 1981. Dr. McMillin has lived his entire life in Tennessee and his hobbies include hunting ducks, turkey and big game, saltwater, river and stream fishing. He also enjoys planting food plots and improving wildlife habitat on his hunting property in East Tennessee. Dr. McMillin and his wife, Debbie have two adult children, Bart and Sara, and one grandson, Colt.

Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission oversees Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The TWRA was established in 1949 and completely reorganized in 1974. It now consists of more than 600 professionals dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of Tennessee’s fish and wildlife for the enjoyment of all Tennesseans and visitors.

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TN Fish, Wildlife Commission Returns to 2-Day Meeting Format for 1st Meeting of 2013

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

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Jan. 17-18 at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building with a variety of items.

The commission meeting is returning to the traditional two-day format from a one day meeting that was previously announced at the final meeting of 2012. The commission meeting will open with committee meetings at 1 p.m. on Thursday (Jan. 17) while the formal session is at 9 a.m. on Friday (Jan. 18).

Among the agenda items on the first meeting of the year will be a report of the wild hog control season on Catoosa WMA by TWRA Region III Wildlife Program Coordinator Kirk Miles. The report will include participation estimates and the number of hogs that have been taken.

The Tennessee black bear hunting season recently concluded. The commission will hear a summary of the 2012 season.

A history of the TWRA’s big game check-in process will be made. The check-in system provides TWRA biologists accurate and useful harvest information. In addition to providing the harvest data, the check-in system also attempts to make the check-in process user friendly and satisfy the needs of sportsmen.

Prior to the commission meeting, a public meeting is being held (Tuesday, Jan. 16) concerning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed closure of tailwaters on the Cumberland River and its tributaries to boating traffic. An overview of the meeting will be given. The TWRA was voiced opposition to the closure.

The TWRA, in cooperation with other agencies, began a reintroduction of the lake sturgeon to the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers. Jason Henegar, TWRA Statewide River and Streams Coordinator, will report results from the monitoring effort that have generated data about fish growth, movement patterns and survivability.

In other agenda items, there will be a presentation from the public regarding an off-highway vehicle program.

Don King, TWRA Information and Education Division Chief, will have a preview of the recently completed Charlie Daniels Public Service Announcements. Kirk Miles will give a preview of the 2013 Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival to be held Jan. 19-20 at the Hiwassee Refuge.