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Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission

Upcoming Meetings

*dates/places are subject to change

  • May 21-22, 2015
    Thursday - 1:00 PM
    Friday - 9:00 AM
    TWRA Region II Ray Bell Building
    Nashville, TN

     


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Franklin J. "Jim" Bledsoe (2012-2017)

Jim Bledsoe

TFWC Chairman

(District 3) - District counties: Clay, DeKalb, Fentress, Grundy, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam. Smith, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren and White.

1760 Poplar Cove Road
Jamestown, TN 38556
Business: (931) 879-1224
Cell: (931) 265-7201
E-mail:jim.bledsoe@tn.gov

Mr. Bledsoe is a farmer in Fentress County and is very active in his community. He serves as president of the Fentress County Farm Bureau and is the treasurer for the Fentress County Soil Conservation District. Mr. Bledsoe is an advocate for youth wildlife-related programs and wildlife habitat. He enjoys any type of hunting and fishing along with camping and riding motorcycles. He participates in smallmouth tournaments and has introduced his children to hunting and fishing. He is a Lifetime Sportsman License holder and lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He attended Clark Range High School, Tennessee Tech and Haywood College. He and his wife, Sonya, have two children, son, Ethan and daughter, Ali.

William H. "Harold" Cannon, Jr. (2012-2017)

Harold Cannon Jr.

TFWC Vice-Chairman

(District 2) - District counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cumberland, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Union.

14316 Virtue Road      
Lenoir City, TN     37772-5357
Business:      (865) 670-8555
Cell:             (865) 389-4525
E-mail: harold.cannon@tn.gov 

Mr. Cannon is president of Cannon & Cannon, Inc. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Public Works Association, and the National Society of Professional Engineers. His hobbies include duck hunting, time in the outdoors, working on the farm, and travel. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited. Mr. Cannon looks forward to learning more about Tennessee’s wildlife, fish and land resources and the effort needed to care for and protect them. As a commissioner, he plans to actively participate in conserving, maintaining and enhancing these resources for future generations. Mr. Cannon and his wife, Angie, are residents of Lenoir City and have three daughters (Lauren, Crissy and Jessica) and two granddaughters.

Jamie Woodson (2012-2019)

Jamie WoodsonTFWC Secretary

(District 5) - District counties: Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Davidson, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, and Wilson.

1648 N. Dickerson Chapel Rd.
Lebanon, TN  37087
Business:   (615) 727-1545
Cell:          (865) 385-1930
E-mail: jamie.woodson@tn.gov

Mrs. Woodson is the President and CEO, of the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE). She “had the honor of serving over 12 years in the Tennessee General Assembly in both the House of Representatives and the Senate (1998-2011).”  During her time in the legislature, she served as Co-Chair of the Tennessee Sportsmen’s Caucus, as a member of the Senate Conservation, Environment and Tourism Committee, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, and Senate Speaker Pro Tempore. Mrs. Wood holds her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Her hobbies include waterfowl, turkey, and small game hunting; amateur retriever training and field trial competition, fishing, boating, horseback riding; gardening. She is a member of the East Tennessee Retriever Club, Middle Tennessee Retriever Club, and the United States Eventing Association. Mrs. Woodson and her husband, Bill, have three children, Joseph, Elizabeth, and Caitlin.

“Throughout my life I have had a deep love of and appreciation for all that is nature.  I also feel that there are two important things that help make a well-rounded individual: a love of the outdoors and a great education.  I have the privilege of being able to make an impact professionally in both of these areas.
Tennessee is an immensely beautiful state, and I look forward to helping ensure current and future generations of Tennesseans have access to the wildlife resources of our great state. Finally, I hope to encourage all Tennesseans, particularly women and children, to pursue outdoor activities, whether that be riding, hiking, hunting, or fishing.”

Chad Baker (2014-2019)

Chad Baker

(District 1) - District counties: Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Greene, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington.

P.O. Box 417
Piney Flats, TN 37686
Business: (423) 538-4400
E-mail: chad.baker@tn.gov

Mr. Baker is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, earning a bachelor’s degree in animal science. He works as a grading contractor. He is involved with several organizations and various outdoors-related activities.

He is a member of the Northeast Tennessee Retrievers Club, the Association of General Contractors (AGC), and the Tennessee Road Builders Association.

Mr. Baker is active in training and competition with Labrador retrievers. He won the National Retriever Championship in 2011 and 2012, winning with a different lab each year. He also enjoys tournament bass fishing, waterfowl hunting, and big game hunting. He is a past champion of a Bassmaster Fishing Tournament.

“I am looking forward to helping promote the natural resources of Tennessee and learning how the TWRA operates,” he said. “I am also looking forward to finding ways to get youngsters more interested in the outdoors.”

He and his wife, Paige, have a daughter, Ira, and a son, Wick.

David N. Watson (2013-2021)

David Watson(District 4) - District counties: Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, and Sequatchie.

P. O. Box 246
Lookout Mountain, TN 37350-0246
Business:    (423) 762-0350
Cell:            (423) 802-1761
E-mail: david.watson@tn.gov

Mr. Watson is a businessman and a partner in the Mountain View Auto Group. He was appointed to the TFWC in July 2013.

He is involved with numerous outdoors-related organizations. He is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation, National Rifle Association (lifetime), Quality Deer Management, Ducks Unlimited, Trout Unlimited (lifetime), Safari Club International (lifetime), and Delta Waterfowl.

Mr. Watson’s hobbies include turkey, waterfowl and upland bird hunting along with fly fishing and backpacking. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

He and his wife, Debbie, have a son Clay, daughter-in-law April, and a daughter Katie Tipton and son-in-law (Taylor) and two granddaughters

“I am looking forward to serving fellow Tennesseans as well as protecting, conserving, and maintaining, our incredible wildlife resources for future generations to hunt and fish.”

Connie King (2014-2021)

Connie King(District 6)
District counties: Cheatham, Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Maury, Montgomery, Stewart, Wayne, and Williamson.

625 Cola Drive
Clarksville, TN 37043
Cell: (931) 444-3641
E-mail: connie.king@tn.gov

Mrs. King is a long-time resident of Clarksville and Montgomery County and is involved with several outdoors and community-related organizations. In the past, she served on the board of directors for the Montgomery County Shooting Complex. She is currently on the board of The Hope Pregnancy Center, which serves women and girls of Montgomery County and surrounding areas. She is an active member in Grace Community Church.
She and her husband, David, own and operate Midsouth Shooters Supply, a mail order business that ships shooting supplies throughout the United States as well as many other countries around the world. Mrs. King enjoys wing shooting, especially duck with her husband, but fishing for crappie, shell crackers and bass is her favorite pastime in the outdoors. “I am looking forward to learning more about how the TWRA serves the citizens of Tennessee as well as (how it) protects our wildlife,” she said. “Also, I look forward to meeting so many others who are passionate about this heritage.” Mrs. King and David are the parents of two married daughters and have six grandchildren.

Kurt Holbert (2015-2021)

Kurt Holbert

(District 7) District counties: Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Perry

600 Wheat Store Road
Decaturville, TN  38329
Cell: (731) 549-6801
E-mail: kurt.holbert@tn.gov 

Mr. Holbert lives in the community of Decaturville and is affiliated with B&B Sawmill, Inc., which has been a family-owned business for more than 45 years. He is on the Board of Directors for the Decatur County Farm Bureau.

He is a member of the Riverside High School FFA Alumni, life member of the National Rifle Association, and member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited.

He enjoys turkey hunting, deer hunting, duck hunting, fishing, and travel. He also devotes his time to coaching baseball and softball.

"I am looking forward to helping promote the natural resources of our great state," he said. "It is very important to me that we protect our resources so that future generations can enjoy the same opportunities that I've been able to enjoy."

Mr. Holbert and his wife, Melanie, are the parents of son, Jackson, and daughter, Lainie.

Fred E. "Trey" Teague III (2012-2017)

Trey Teague

(District 8) - Chester, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Madison, Obion, and Weakley.

319 Vann Drive, Suite E 177
Jackson, TN 38305
Cell: (731) 616-1470
E-mail: trey.teague@tn.gov

Mr. Teague is a self-employed businessman in Jackson. An avid outdoorsman, he is a member of several organizations including the National Wild Turkey Federation, National Rifle Association, Tennessee Wildlife Federation, Quality Deer Management Association, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation. He is on the pro staff of Mossy Oak Brand Camo. He enjoys introducing youth to the outdoors and volunteers for youth hunting and fishing charities. He is a board member for the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. A graduate of the University School of Jackson, he attended the University of Tennessee on a football scholarship and earned his degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science. Mr. Teague served as a team captain and was the starting center on UT’s 1997 SEC championship team, earning All-SEC and third team All-America honors. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos where he played four seasons and was a member on the 1998 Super Bowl Championship team. He played in Buffalo (2001-05) and served as team captain and ended his career following the 2006 season with the New York Jets. He retired from a nine-year career in the National Football League to his hometown. Mr. Teague and his wife, Ashley, have two children, daughter, Lilly and son, Everette.

William W. "Bill" Cox (2012-2019)

Bill Cox(District 9) - District counties: Fayette, Hardeman, Haywood, Lauderdale, McNairy, Shelby, and Tipton.

McGinnis Oil Company   
98 Main Street
Collierville, TN  38017-2616
Business:    (901) 853-2264
Cell:           (901) 828-7500
Fax:            (901) 853-2276
E-mail: bill.cox@tn.gov      

 Mr. Cox is a businessman working with Shell Fuels and in commercial property in the Shelby County city of Collierville. He previously served on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission from 2000-06 and was chairman in 2005. He is involved in various civic and community service in the Collierville area. He is a member of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation Board, Collierville Historic Commission, Collierville Tourism Commission, and the Main Street Collierville Merchant’s Association. Mr. Cox is also involved with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Delta Waterfowl, National Wild Turkey Association, and National Rifle Association.

Among other past community service has included the Collierville Historic Square Small Area Plan Steering Committee, Collierville Chamber of Commerce Board, Agricenter International Board Finance Committee, Collierville Youth Association, of which he was a founding member, Collierville Fire Department, Collierville Parks and Recreation Committee, and serving as a junior high football coach at Briarcrest Christian School.

Mr. Cox’s hobbies are hunting, fishing, golf, antique furniture collecting, and enjoying his grandchildren. He and his wife, Cindy, have three children, William, Carrington, and Allison. As a commission member, he is his looking forward to “Working with agency professionals to meet the challenge of providing maximum opportunities for sportsmen balanced with proper stewardship of finances and our wildlife resources.”

Dr. Jeff McMillin (2012-2017)

Dr. Jeff McMillin

(Statewide)

1705 Edgemont Avenue
Bristol, TN 37620-4307
Cell: (423) 534-2494
Fax: (423) 968-5015
E-mail: jeff.mcmillin@tn.gov

Dr. McMillin has practiced dentistry in Bristol since 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 is a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Quality Deer Management Association, National Rifle Association and National Wild Turkey Federation. He also serves as a Region I TSSAA high school football official and has performed medical mission work. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee Dental School. Dr. McMillin and his wife, Debbie have two adult children, son, Bart, daughter, Sara, and a son-in-law, Rett Scottstill.

Bill Swan (2015-2019)

Bill Swan

(Statewide)

1011 Cane Creek Road
Dunlap, TN  37327
Business: (423) 667-1060
E-mail: bill.swan@tn.gov 

Mr. Swan has been very active through the years in outdoors-related activities and various organizations. He is a member of the National Board of Directors of Safari Club, International and a member of the Ethics Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, Chair of the Disabled Hunters Committee, and vice chair of the marketing committee. He is a life member of Safari Club, an endowment member of the National Rifle Association, and a life-sponsor of Ducks Unlimited. He was awarded Tennessee Area Chairman of the Year for Ducks Unlimited Area Chairman of the Year. He is also member of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Dunaway Hunting and Fishing Club.

Mr. Swan's uncle, Chuck Swan, was Tennessee's first commissioner of Conservation and worked with sportsmen to set up the Agency and commission.

As commissioner, Mr. Swan says he is looking forward to "Giving back to the sport I have loved so much. I also want to help get our youth out into the great Tennessee Outdoors, and help make hunting and fishing opportunities available to special needs sportsmen."

Mr. Swan enjoys hunting and fishing with his grandchildren, big and small game hunting and fishing both inshore and offshore.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee and a retired businessman, he and his wife Vicki, reside outside of Dunlap. He has a son Bill Swan III, daughter-in-law DeAnn and grandsons, Parker and Mason

Jeff W. Cook, M.D. (2015-2019)

Jeff W. Cook, M.D.

(Statewide)

3310 Aspen Grove Drive, Suite 102
Franklin, TN  37067
Business: (615) 771-1116
Cell: (615) 948-8116
E-mail: jeff.w.cook@tn.gov 

Dr. Cook serves as an orthopedic surgeon and has been associated with Franklin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, P.C., since 1999 and in practice in Franklin since 1992.

Along with several professional organizations, Dr. Cook is a passionate duck hunter and bass fisherman who also enjoys trout fishing, deer hunting, turkey hunting, boating and water sports. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, and the National Rifle Association.

A graduate of Franklin High School, he graduated from the University of Tennessee and earned his Medical Doctor Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. He received his postgrad medical education in orthopedics at the Georgia Baptist Center/Scott Rite Children's Medical Center in Atlanta.

"I am looking forward to having the opportunity to continue to advance the accomplishments of the TFWC and the TWRA to manage and preserve our incredible natural resources in Tennessee," he said. "Through these efforts we will continue to experience ever-improving options for hunting, fishing, boating and many other outdoor activities for many generations to come."

Dr. Cook and his wife, Julie, have two daughters, Katie and Abby and a son, Mitch.

James H. "Jim" Ripley (2012-2017)

Jim Ripley(Statewide)

Sharp & Ripley PLLC                                           
P.O. Box 4630
Sevierville, TN  37864-4630
Business:   (865) 453-2877
Cell:          (865) 804-4357
E-mail: jim.ripley@tn.gov

Mr. Ripley is an attorney and partner with Sharp and Ripley PLLC in Sevierville. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Sevier County Bar Association, and American Board of Trial Advocates.  He serves as Vice-Chairman of the Tennessee Education Lottery. He is president of the Labrador Retriever Foundation and is a member of the Ducks Unlimited and the National Rifle Association. A graduate of the Webb School in Knoxville, he earned his B.A. in 1980 and his J.D. in 1983, both the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His hobbies include hunting (small and big game), fishing, and shooting sports. Mr. Ripley is the son of the late Dr. Thomas H. Ripley who was TVA Director of the Office of Natural Resources and President of the American Forestry Association. He has a daughter Meghon Ripley Shotwell and a son-in-law Michael Shotwell. “(As a commissioner it is a) fantastic opportunity to give back to the sports (hunting and fishing) I have enjoyed throughout my lifetime.”

Robert Martineau (Ex-Officio Member)

TDEC Commissioner Robert Martineau

Commissioner - TDEC (Statewide)

1st Floor, L & C Tower Annex
401 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37243-0435
Business: (615) 532-0106
Fax: (615) 532-0120

 

Julius Johnson (Ex-Officio Member)

Ag Commissioner Julius Johnson

Commissioner - TN Dept. of Agriculture (Statewide)

Ellington Agricultural Center
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204
Business: (615) 837-5202
Fax: (615) 837-5333

 

Governor Bill Haslam (Ex-Officio Member)

Governor Bill Haslam

State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243
Business: (615) 741-2001