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NASHVILLE --- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the application period for the 2016 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Big Game Quota Hunts, the regular elk, youth elk, and WMA youth will run now through July 27.
Entries must be submitted before midnight (CDT) July 27. The WMA hunting instruction sheet lists locations and dates for each of the quota hunts along with drawing rules and regulations. Instruction sheets can be obtained and applications made for the hunts at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online at the TWRA website, www.tnwildlife.org. Mailed applications will not be processed into the drawing system.
There is no fee for current Annual Sportsman License holders, Lifetime Sportsman License holders, or seniors possessing a Type 167 Annual Senior Citizen Sportsman License. For all other applicants, there is a non-refundable $12 permit fee for each drawing entered. There is a $1 agent fee for applications made at a license agent. When applying at a license agent, hunters must remain at the location while the application is processed to verify the information is correct on the receipt.
For applications made on the internet, there is a $2 internet usage fee. An internet application is not complete until the applicant gets a Temporary Authorization Number, which is found on the Purchase Confirmation page. If entering multiple quota hunts, a person must pay the permit and agent fee(s) for each quota hunt application submitted.
The WMA (elk hunts excluded) priority point system gives a priority point for each year a hunter participates (this year a maximum of 11 points) without being successfully drawn for a hunt. Applicants drawn for a hunt last year will start over with a priority of zero.
After all the drawings are conducted, leftover permits will be sold on-line, on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Aug. 24 at 8 a.m. (CDT). The state’s eighth elk hunt will be held Oct. 17-21, 2016. As in the previous hunts, five individuals will be selected to participate. Four of the participants will be selected through a computer drawing conducted by the TWRA. The fifth participant will be the recipient of a permit that is donated to a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), which will be announced at a later date. That permit will be auctioned with proceeds going to the elk program.
Additionally, five new archery only permits were added. Archery hunt dates are Oct. 3-7, 2016. For the fifth year, a Young Sportsman Elk Hunt will be held Oct. 22-23.
Those applying must be ages 13-16 years old at the time of the hunt. Youth who submit an application for the regular elk quota hunt are not permitted to apply for the youth elk hunt.
Two people were reportedly injured Wednesday night after a Crossville Fire Department ladder truck crashed into their vehicle. The accident happened at the intersection of Fourth Street and West Avenue as crews were responding to a fire call at Dairy Queen on Main Street. No one was seriously injured and no names were immediately released
A Crossville man is dead after a family outing at Fall Creek Falls State Park. It happened Monday when, according to authorities, Martin Jimenez, either went for one more swim or fell in the water and did not resurface. Rescue crews found his body Tuesday morning. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death. Mr. Jimenez had worked for Cancun Mexican Restaurant in Crossville for over two decades.
The Cumberland County High School Cheerleader’s Pancake Breakfast is this Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the CCHS Cafeteria from 7 to 10 a.m. Pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk or juice for just $6.00! Tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds go toward Camp expenses.
The Crossville Police Department was presented with custom built Tactical Breaching Devices from students of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, Crossville. Welding Technology student Devin Stokes and Collision Repair Technology student Michael Phillips, along with Instructor Rick Parmer and Director Jerry Young, presented the tactical breaching devices, which were designed, built and powder-coated by the students, to the Crossville Police Chief, Rod Shoap.
The devices will assist the City of Crossville Police Department’s Tactical Response Unit during the performance of high-risk warrant services and building entries.
Crossville Police Chief Rod Shoap said “This is a really great gift that could help save lives and will further our agencies goal of partnering with the community to provide better services for our citizens.”
(Photo Courtesy CPD; Pictured L-R: J. Young, Chief Shoap, D. Stokes, M. Phillips, R. Parmer)