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TFWC Chairman Kurt Holbert

Our Evolving Commission

Our governing body is referred to as the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission (TFWC).

In 1949, Governor Gordon Browning appointed the historic first group of commissioners to provide governance to what has evolved into today’s Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Since the earliest days of Governor Browning’s first commission picks to the TFWC’s most recent appointments, hundreds of “private citizens” have freely given their time, energy, and intellect to make Tennessee a role model of fish and wildlife management. The goal remains today to parallel wise management of our natural resources with the interests and concerns of sportsmen.

The TFWC commissioners are non-salaried public servants who spend countless hours corresponding with constituents within assigned districts. Nine members of this 13-member voting group receive six-year appointments from our governor, and the state’s General Assembly (House and Senate) appoints four members to four-year terms. In addition to the 13 TFWC members, there are also three ex-officio commissioners that include our governor, our state agriculture commissioner, and our environment & conservation commissioner.

The men and women who serve Tennessee’s sportsmen, wildlife enthusiasts, and boaters, strive to create a combination of management that has positive results for our natural resources and our citizens who have long provided monetary and moral support for wise fisheries and wildlife management. Our TFWC commissioners are the sportsman’s representatives when it comes to fish, wildlife, and state boating issues.

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Meet Our Commissioners

Kurt Holbert, TFWC Secretary 2015-2021

TFWC Chair
(District 7) - District Counties: Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Perry.

600 Wheat Store Road
Decaturville , TN 38329
Cell: (731) 549-6801

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.

Jim Ripley

TFWC Vice-Chair

P. O. BOX 181
KODAK, TN 37764
PHONE  865-453-2877

Commissioner Ripley is serving for the second time as a commissioner, previously serving 2012-17. An attorney 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 is a past president of the Labrador Retriever Foundation and is a member of the Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation. As a member of the commission, he is “Working to assure preservation, conservation, and protection of the incredible resources of Tennessee.”

A graduate of the Webb School in Knoxville, he earned his B.A. and J.D., both from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, and music. 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. His grandson, Cooper, who was born in 2017 is already a lifetime Tennessee hunting and fishing license holder. His life partner, Lisa Verble, is an enthusiastic outdoors woman.

TFWC Secretary

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

35 Double Tree Cove
Jackson, TN 38305
(731) 217-3539

Commissioner Angie Box
Angie Box (2017-2023)

Mrs. Box and her family are very active in the Jackson-Madison County area. Mrs. Box works as a real estate investor.

She attended Lambuth University and the University of Tennessee at Martin where she earned her B.S. degree. She is a member of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), Deer River Hunting Retriever Club. She enjoys boating on the Tennessee River, fishing, turkey hunting, running, Labrador retriever training, and her children’s activities. She is a member of the Madison County Republican Party, All Saint Church, and NRA. Mrs. Box serves on the Bancorp South Advisory Board, USJ Bruins Club Board, Arts Build, and the USJ Board.

“Primarily, I am excited about the opportunity to serve the state of Tennessee and its citizens. Secondarily, I look forward to the opportunity to learn more about the work of the TWRA and the technology and science related to that work.”

Mrs. Box and her husband, Brad, are the parents of four children: Weston, Jenna, Marshall, and Jondavid

Dennis Gardner (2017-2021)


460 Lock 5 Road
Lebanon, TN 37087
(901) 484-8348

Mr. Gardner serves as an air traffic controller. He is a member of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). He is also a member of Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).

His hobbies include hunting, fishing, working with his Labrador retrievers, and golfing. He also enjoys introducing people to the outdoors, especially getting youth involved in outdoor activities and teaching them how to be safe, successful and ethical.

As a commissioner, Mr. Gardner is looking forward to “Learning all I can about the TWRA and meeting the great people that make Tennessee a great place to enjoy the outdoors. I also look forward to enhancing all of the great work accomplished by the commission to date.”

A graduate of Millington Central High, Mr. Gardner and his wife, Kim, reside in the Shelby County community of Lakeland.

Jimmy Granbery

(Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Davidson, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Wilson)

PHONE - 615-252-8121

Jimmy Granbery

Mr. Granbery enjoys all aspects of being in the outdoors including hunting, fishing, farming, and spending time with his family in various activities. He serves as Chairman/President of H.G. Hill Company.

He is involved with several organizations including the TWRF (Heritage Club), NWTF, NRA, and AOPA. He also enjoys high school and college sports and following the Nashville Predators. He is a graduate of Hillwood High School and earned his BBA degree from the University of Mississippi.

In his service as a commission, “I look forward to serving the Great State of Tennessee as a TFWC commissioner and to get more kids in the woods and on the water, either hunting, fishing, or boating.”

Mr. Granbery and his wife, Jamie, have two children, son Treanor, and daughter Marion (Adam) Floyd, and two grandchildren, Franklin and Helen.

Steve Jones

PHONE – 865-291-8525

Mr. Jones resides in his hometown of Clinton. He grew up on his parent’s pick-your-own strawberry farm. He left his native East Tennessee for a time to serve in the United States Air Force where he maintained and flew on B-52 aircraft as an electronic warfare technician. While in the Air Force, he completed his Bachelor’s degree at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. After completing his service, he returned to East Tennessee with his family and completed an MBA at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Mr. Jones served on the Anderson County Farm Bureau Board for 20 years and the region's Young Farmer of the Year in 1994. He is a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Quail Forever. He serves on the UT/Battelle Development Corporation board of directors, the Tennessee Valley Corridor board of directors is an executive board member of the East Tennessee Economic Council and is chair of the Y12 Community Relations Council.

He is the president of Steve Jones & Associates, in Oak Ridge. Mr. Jones and his associates are engaged in a variety of roles throughout the world, leading projects where economic development, strategic management and implementation, and government relations need attentions and issues solved.

Mr. Jones is an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoys boating and is also a licensed pilot. As a commissioner, he is “looking forward to working with fellow commissioners to enhance the outdoors experience for outdoorsmen throughout Tennessee.”

Mr. Jones and his wife, Jamie, are the parents of three children; Katie (Chris) Steven Jr., (Gabby), Ben (Kate) and two granddaughters Judith and Marley.


Connie King (2014-2021)

(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

Connie King 2014-2021

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.

Brian McLerran (2017-2023)

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

P.O. Box 82
Moss, TN 38575
(931) 397-9937

Brian McLerran (2017-2023)

Mr. McLerran is farmer, focusing on Angus cattle in the Clay County community of Moss. He attended Celina High and Tennessee Tech University.

He is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, NRA, and involved with coaching shotgun sports through Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). Along with working with youth, he enjoys horseback riding and hunting deer, turkeys, and squirrels.

“I am excited to learn about everything that the TWRA does, setting seasons and limits and how the wildlife is managed.”

Mr. McLerran and his wife, Samantha, have three children; Ella, Brie and Cord.

Tony Sanders (2017-2021)

(District 4) - Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie.

5928 Hixson Pike, Ste. A-355
Hixson, TN 37343
(423) 567-4801

Commissioner Sanders is involved with numerous outdoors-related and professional organizations in the Chattanooga area. He works as a CPA and hosts the weekly Tony Sanders Outdoors Radio Show each Saturday morning on WGOW-FM (102.3).

Among his hobbies is serving as a Hunter Education instructor which he has done so for many years. He also enjoys small game hunting, upland bird hunting, and fishing.

He serves on the executive committee of Tennessee Friends of NRA, a board member of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of SCI, treasurer of the Tri-State Quail Forever and a member of Ducks Unlimited, NWTF-Cherokee Chapter, Pheasants Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Highland Sportsman Club.

He is the President of the Chattanooga Chapter of the Tennessee Society of CPAs.

Commissioner Sanders received his associate degree from Chattanooga State Tech Community College, his bachelor of science degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and MBA from Tennessee Tech University.

“I am looking forward to working for all hunters, fishermen, and all the stakeholders of Tennessee wildlife. I want to maximize the enjoyment and benefits of our abundant resources.”

Commissioner Sanders and his wife, Kinah, have two children, daughter, Amber Chastain, and son, Kyle.


4117 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 103-314
Nashville, TN 37215 
(615) 308-8899

James Stroud

Mr. Stroud returns to the TFWC as a statewide appointee after previously after serving four years from 2012-15.

He received the Tennessee Wildlife Federation Conservation Communicator award in 2015. The annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in effectively conveying the conservation message and creating public awareness of conservation issues in the news media.

Upon his return to the commission, Mr. Stroud is looking forward to continuing to grow the hunting and outdoor experiences for youth and enhance our Tennessee outdoor resources.”

A graduate of Woodlawn High School in Shreveport, La.

Enjoys hunting, fishing and motorcycle riding.

He and his wife, Tamra, previously maintained their primary residence in Brentwood.

Kent Woods (2017-2023)

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

151 Kyker Ferry Road
Kodak, TN 37764
(865) 932-1101

Mr. Woods is a self-employed businessman in Kodak, including being involved in excavating, farming, distillery, and the making of sausage. An avid outdoorsman, his hobbies include hunting, fishing, rafting, ATVs, boating, and sporting clays.

He also serves Sevier County as commissioner of the 8th District. He is a member of the Northview Optimist Club and Ducks Unlimited.  He attended school in Sevier County at Northview Elementary and later at Sevier County High.

Mr. Woods is looking forward to “First learning all I can about the TWRA other than just knowing game wardens.” He is the father of three daughters; Heather, Haley, and Markenna. 

Tommy Woods

DISTRICT 1 (Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Greene, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington
PHONE  423-946-0639

Commissioner Woods resides in the Sullivan County community of Piney Flats. He is the owner and operator of Acorn Electrical Specialist, Inc., and also involved in farming. He enjoys hunting, skeet and trap shooting and fishing.

He is active in several organizations including Coalition for Kids, East Tennessee Youth Outdoors, and Bristol Motor Speedway Children’s Charities. He attended school at Sullivan East High School, Northeast State Community College, and East Tennessee State University.

While serving as a commissioner, Mr. Woods is interested in “The progression of participation in Tennessee outdoor activities, especially youth involvement.”

Mr. Woods enjoys activities with is family which includes his wife, Tammy, and their children Hayden and Haylee.

Hank Wright

DISTRICT 9 (Fayette, Hardeman, Haywood, Lauderdale, McNairy, Shelby, Tipton)
PHONE 901-853-7330

Dr. Wright serves as a veterinarian in Collierville in Shelby County. He grew up on a farm and basically lives on one today with his family. He enjoys many activities including beekeeping, vegetable gardening, bluebird conservation and nesting, veterinary medicine, and spending time with his family.

He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin and the University Of Tennessee College Of Veterinary Medicine.

“Serving an organization such as the TWRA gives me the opportunity to give back to a cause that is dear to me,” Dr. Wright said. “Our objectives are in complete alignment which is to conserve and preserve Tennessee’s wildlife so that current and future generations can enjoy hunting, fishing, and viewing.”

Dr. Wright and wife, Paige, have seven children; Allie, Gardner, Julianne, Carly, John David, Madeline, and Janie.

Charlie Hatcher

TN Dept. of Agriculture

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

Governor Bill Lee

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

David W. Salyers

Department of Environment & Conservation

312 Rosa L. Parks Ave
Nashville, TN 37243
(888) 891-TDEC (8332)

TFWC Zone Map

Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission Zone Map