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UT names new director of strength and conditioning
WVLT/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday January 11, 2017

The University of Tennessee named Rock Gullickson as the director of strength and conditioning Tuesday. Gullickson will oversee strength and conditioning for all 20 UT sport programs. He previously worked with Coach Butch Jones at Rutgers for three seasons from 1990-1992.

World Record Pending for Non-Typical Deer Harvested in Sumner County

World Record Pending for Non-Typical Deer Harvested in Sumner County Wednesday January 11, 2017

A buck harvested in Sumner County during the recent muzzleloader season, has completed a step toward becoming a world record for a non-typical deer rack.

Boone and Crockett officials spent several hours on Monday (Jan. 9) scoring the 47-point buck tabbed the “Tennessee Tucker Buck” as the Nashville headquarters of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The buck was harvested by 26-year old Gallatin resident Stephen Tucker.

The deer rack scored 312 3/8 in the Boone and Crockett tabulation. The tabulation was held after 60 days had passed since the original “wet” score indicated that the buck was a potential world record. As it stands, the score will break previous mark of 307 5/8 set by then 15-year old Tony Lovsteun in Albia, Iowa.

Tucker made his harvest from about 40 yards. It came on a land that his family has leased to farm for the past 40 years.

“I have truly been blessed and I am very thankful,” Tucker said after learning the rack’s score. “I have had a lot of phones calls and questions and have tried to be patient waiting through the process. I am very appreciative to my family, friends, and the TWRA, especially Capt. Dale Grandstaff, who has led me through the process. I believe he has been as excited about it as I have.”

TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter was present at the announcement of the pending world record harvest. “I am so proud that a pending world record harvest has come from Tennessee, obviously, Carter said. “Just to know we have an, official world record, at least it is pending, in Tennessee means a lot to a lot of people.”

The certification process will now await another step as a pending world record. Another panel of Boone and Crockett scorers will again take measurements at the awards banquet in 2019.

(Photo Courtesy - Stephen Tucker (with rack), Director Carter (third from left) and official scorers)


January 30 Final Date To Apply For Pasture Loss Payments
FSA Wednesday January 11, 2017

Denesa Jolley, County Executive Director of the Cumberland/Bledsoe County Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds livestock producers January 30, 2017, is the final date applications will be accepted for the Livestock Forage Program. This program provides monetary benefits to livestock producers whose farms were affected by the recent drought. Jolley stresses the office has been overwhelmed with applications from both counties since the implementation of the program. Additionally, an enormous amount of farm record changes and corrections the staff is having to make before accurate LFP contracts can be completed have held up payment processes. The office staff asks farmers to be patient as their applications will be processed as soon as possible. Anyone having questions about the Livestock Forage Program is urged to call the Crossville office at 931-484-6520 or toll free at 855-216-2802, Jolley said.


New Billboards Launch in TBI’s Ongoing Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign Broadcasting News Wednesday January 11, 2017

Starting this week, drivers on major roads across the state of Tennessee will see a set of new billboards as part of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s efforts to address the issue of human trafficking.

The billboards, part of the agency’s ongoing ‘IT Has To Stop’ campaign, are designed to encourage people to visit to learn more about crime of trafficking and how it impacts Tennessee, along with the warning signs, the state’s laws, and how to help in the fight against it. This is the second year the TBI has embarked on an electronic billboard campaign in its effort to educate the public about this issue. January is also National Human Trafficking Awareness Month.


Emma, William Maintain Titles as Tennessee's Top Baby Names Broadcasting News Wednesday January 11, 2017

Emma and William are the most popular names chosen by new Tennessee parents for their babies born in 2016. Names chosen for babies are recorded and tallied by the Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records, which registers some 240,000 new records of births, deaths, marriages and divorces every year.

William has remained the top name chosen for baby boys born in Tennessee for a decade, coming in as the most popular choice for ten straight years. Emma has been the most popular name for Tennessee baby girls since 2011.

There are ties for the top choices in three slots on the list of boys’ names this year.

The top 10 names Tennessee parents chose for their new babies born in 2016* are as follows:

Top names for girls:
1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Ava
4. Harper
5. Isabella
6. Amelia
7. Elizabeth
8. Ella
9. Charlotte
10. Abigal
Top names for boys:
1. William
2. Elijah, James (tie)
3. Mason
4. Noah
5. Jackson, Liam (tie)
6. John, Michael (tie)
7. Benjamin
8. Aiden
9. Jacob
10. Carter


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