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Tennessee’s 2016-17 gun hunting season for deer opens Saturday, Nov. 19. Deer gun season has the traditional opening date of the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving.
During gun season, sportsmen may also use muzzleloader or archery equipment. As the gun season begins, sportsmen are reminded of changes made for the 2016-17 season in regard to the definition of antlered deer.
Anyone born on or after January 1, 1969 is required to carry proof of satisfactory completion of a hunter education class or be in possession of the Apprentice Hunting License (along with other required licenses) while hunting any species in Tennessee.
For more information about Tennessee’s 2016-17 deer hunting seasons, refer to the 2016-17 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide available at all license agents, TWRA regional offices in Jackson, Nashville, Crossville, and Morristown or on the TWRA website.
A Commissioner burn ban is in effect for Cumberland and eight other counties in Tennessee. A violation of a burn ban is considered reckless burning and is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months 29 days in jail. As of November 12, 2016, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture reported 5 new fires in a 24 hour period scorching approximately 143 acres in Cumberland County. On Saturday, according to the Department of Agriculture, firefighters in Cumberland County were battling three active blazes encompassing 508 acres. Statewide there were 18 new fires impacting 956 acres. Other counties under the Commissioner burn ban are Claiborne, Hamilton, Jefferson, Loudon, Marion, Monroe, Robertson and Sevier. On Saturday, there were 58 active fires statewide involving about 12,278 acres. More than 32,600 acres have burned in Tennessee so far this year.
Joshua Dobbs threw touchdown passes to three different receivers and ran for two more scores Saturday as Tennessee defeated Kentucky 49-36 to continue its domination of this annual series.
Tennessee (7-3, 3-3 SEC) has won 31 of its last 32 matchups against the Wildcats, with the lone Kentucky win coming in 2011. Kentucky (5-5, 4-4) hasn't beaten Tennessee in Knoxville since 1984.
Up next for the Vols, Tennessee hosts Missouri on Saturday, November 19 with a 2:30 p.m. CT kick-off. Catch all the action beginning with Bob Kesling's KIckoff Call-in Show at 1 p.m. on 102.5 WOW Country.
Three people were killed in a multi-vehicle crash and explosion on I-40 in Cumberland County at the Genesis Road exit, according to WVLT.
THP released the names of the victims late on Friday night.
Preliminary reports say 44-year-old Eric New, of Tullahoma, was driving a tractor truck with no trailer into the median from the eastbound lanes into the westbound lanes, crashing into oncoming traffic.
His tractor-trailer hit a 2016 Nissan Sentra driven by 50-year-old Nancy Tooley, of Tompkinsville Ky. According to the report, the Sentra went airborne and rolled before coming to a stop on the shoulder. Tooley was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, 66-year-old Jack Tooley was flown to UT Medical Center and as of Saturday morning is listed in serious condition.
The tractor-trailer then hit another tractor-trailer that was carrying automobiles. The second tractor trailer was driven by Noel Feliciano, 60, of Winchester, Va. Both tractor-trailers burst into flames, according to THP.
Fuel tanks exploded on two semi trucks and caused a series of explosions.
Both New and Feliciano were also pronounced dead at the scene.
A fourth vehicle swerved to avoid the crash and hit several pieces of debirs, according to THP. The driver and the passenger of this vehicle were uninjured.
Traffic in Crossville was snarled for hours as motorists were re-routed around the accident and directed to proceed into the city. The interstate was cleared close to 10 p.m.
At least three people are dead and one in critical condition following a terrible accident that occurred on I40 West in Cumberland County around 2 pm on Friday, November 11th. It is reported that a semi-truck traveling east-bound crossed the median and crashed into a passenger vehicle another semi-truck hauling several vehicles. Both semis caught fire, and several explosions ensued following the wreck. West-bound lanes are closed for cleanup efforts, and traffic is being diverted. Please use caution on highways near the interstate, as they are being used as alternate routes for I40. Eastbound traffic is moving, though slowly. Clean up is expected to be finished around 10 pm, tonight (11/11/16). The drivers of the three vehicles died in the accident, and one person was taken by LifeStar to UT Medical Center.