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Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission

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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.

TFWC Chairman
Jim Ripley

Fish & Wildlife Commission Meetings

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September 2021 Agenda


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Meet Our Commissioners

TFWC Chairman
Statewide

P.O. Box 181
Kodak, TN 37764
jim.ripley@tn.gov  

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.
 

 Angie Box, TFWC Vice Chair, 2017-2023

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

270 Ashport Road
Humboldt, TN 38343
angie.box@tn.gov  

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

Tommy Woods

District 1: Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Greene, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, Washington

P.O. Box 550
Piney Flats, TN 37680
tommy.l.woods@tn.gov  

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.
 

Commissioner Kent Woods (2017-2023)

District 2: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cumberland, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union

151 Kyker Ferry Road
Kodak, TN  37664
kent.woods@tn.gov

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. 

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

372 Key Road
Moss, TN 38575-6507    
brian.mclerran@tn.gov

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.

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

206 Morrison Street
Lookout Mountain, TN 37350
chris.devaney@tn.gov

Commissioner Devaney lives in the Hamilton County community of Lookout Mountain, He has a long-standing career in public affairs and communications and is the founding partner of the Poplar Group. He serves on the board of the Children’s Program of Haiti, a non-profit that works to prevent and rehabilitate those suffering from childhood malnutrition.

Commissioner Devaney grew up in Texas and has been a life-long hunter and fisherman. He also enjoys hiking a college football.  He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Commissioner Devaney and his wife, Heather, are the parents of four adult children. They are members of the Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.

District 5:  Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Davidson, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, and Wilson

2022 Fransworth Drive
Nashville, TN  37205
jimmy.granbery@tn.gov  

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.
 

District 6:  Cheatham, Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Maury, Montgomery, Stewart, Wayne, and Williamson. 

3870 Albert Matthews Road
Columbia, TN  38401
stan.butt@tn.gov

Commissioner Butt resides in Columbia and serves as an association executive and farmer. He a graduate of Portland High School in Sumner County and Tennessee Tech University and attended National Executive Institute, Nashville Auction School, and Bear Valley School of Biblical Studies.

Commissioner Butt has been involved in several organizations including Portland Rotary, Woodbine Kiwanis, Germantown, Kiwanis, Columbia Breakfast Rotary, Maury County Cattlemen’s Association, Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, and the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee. He is also on the Advisory Board for KORD Animal/Health Lab at the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and a member of the State Technical Advisory Committee.

As a commissioner, he is looking forward to “learning about the operation of the Agency, addressing constituents concerns in the district. Also, focusing on development and management of native species (I.e. (deer, elk, turkey quail).” He is also looking forward to getting to know officers, biologists, and WMA managers in his district. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and training dogs. He and his wife, Sheila, have four sons and 14 grandchildren.

Commissioner Monte Belew, 2021-2027

District 7:  Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, Perry

118 Brady’s Bluff
Paris, TN 38242
monte.belew@tn.gov

Commissioner Belew serves as the Director of Public Safety at his alma mater, The University of Tennessee at Martin. He moved into his role after serving as sheriff in Henry County and also is a former Tennessee Highway Patrol state trooper.

He enjoys deer, duck, and turkey hunting, dog training, and fishing, especially on Kentucky Lake.

“Hoping to be able to give back to something that has given so much to me!” he said. “Hunting, fishing loving every day,” like Luke Bryan. Commissioner Belew is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited. He was appointed to the newly created Asian Carp Advisory Commission. He also a member of the state board for the Tennessee Suicide Network,

Along with UT Martin, Commissioner Belew is a graduate of Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy, Trooper THP School, and the FBI National Academy #244.

He is married to his wife, Cori. Children are Ashley and Amanda Belew and Curstin and Coby Wallace.

Hank Wright

District 9: Fayette, Hardeman, Haywood, Lauderdale, McNairy, Shelby, and Tipton

2355 Duntreath Road
Germantown, TN 38139
hank.wright@tn.gov  

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.

Commissioner Wally Childress, 2021-2025

Statewide 

73 Doctor Strachn Lane
Bogota, TN  38007
wally.childress@tn.gov

Commissioner Childress resides on his family farm in the Dyer County Community of Bogota. He enjoys waterfowl hunting, dove hunting, turkey, deer hunting, and fishing. Commissioner Childress is involved in several community-related activities. He is a member of the Bogota Volunteer Fire Department, Forked Deer Electric Cooperative Board member, Forked Deer Connect Board member, Dyer County NRCS board member, Tennessee Farm Bureau, and Duck Unlimited.

“Not only am I looking forward to serving the state in this capacity, I am also looking forward to meeting the people of this state and working hard to make the outdoor experiences in Tennessee the best they can be,” he said. He is also looking forward to the wildlife enhance and enforcement side.

Commissioner. Childress graduated from Dyer County High School and attended Dyersburg State Community College. He and his wife, Tracy, have a daughter (Olivia) and a son (Trey).

Commissioner Bill Cox, 2021-2025

Statewide 

McGinnis Oil Company   
98 Main Street
Collierville, TN  38017-2616
bill.cox@tn.gov   

Commissioner Cox is a partner in McGinnis Oil Company, Town Square Partners, and Willwright Properties in Collierville. He previously served on the Commission from 2001-07 and again from 2012-19. He was chairman in 2005. Previously, he was the District 9 representative and will be serving as a statewide appointment.

He is involved in various civic and community services in the Collierville area. He is a member of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation Advisory Board, Collierville Historic District Commission, and Main Street Collierville Merchants Association. Commissioner Cox is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Delta Waterfowl, National Wild Turkey Association, and National Rifle Association.

Commissioner Cox’s hobbies are hunting, fishing, gardening, and four grandchildren. He and his wife, Cindy, have three children; William, Carrington, and Allison. 

Statewide

320 Maple Street
Clinton, TN 37716
j.steve.jones@tn.gov  

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.

 

Department of Environment & Conservation David W. Salyers, P.E.

Dept. of Environment & Conservation
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave.
Nashville, TN  37243
Business: 615-532-0106
Fax:  615-532-0120
david.salyers@tn.gov 

Charlie Hatcher, P.V.M. (Ex-Officio Member)

TN Dept. of Agricultural
Ellington Agricultural Center
P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN  37204
Business:  615-837-5202
Fax:  615-837-5333
charles.hatcher@tn.gov

Governor Bill Lee

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

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