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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 10

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 10 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Experience Fall Colors at Land Between the Lakes

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLLand Between the Lakes, KY/TN – With more than 151,000 acres of primarily hardwood forest, Land Between the Lakes is the perfect place to enjoy autumn colors.

The public is encouraged to drive the public access roads, or hike, bike, ride on horseback or ATVs, on hundreds of miles of designated trails while enjoying the cooler days and changing seasons.

Fall Colors at Land Between The Lakes in October. (Brian Truskey)

Fall Colors at Land Between The Lakes in October. (Brian Truskey)

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Land Between The Lakes deadline for Quota Turkey Hunt nears

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLLand Between the Lakes, KY/TN – The deadline for Turkey Quota Hunt applications at Land Between The Lakes is February 29, 2016. Hunters may apply online, 24/7, at lblquotahunt.hometracker.com/ or by phone until 4:00pm February 29th.

If applying by phone, call 270.924.2065, 8:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday. Application fees are $5.00 online and $7.00 by phone.

Two adult quota hunts and a youth quota hunt in both the Kentucky and Tennessee portions of Land Between The Lakes require prior application. Hunting is not permitted between these dates.

LBL Aerial of North End Canal. (Land Between the Lakes)

LBL Aerial of North End Canal. (Land Between the Lakes)

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Temporary Weather Related Closure of LBL’s Turkey Bay OHV Area

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLGolden Pond, KY – Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area and Trails, at Land Between The Lakes, is temporarily closed. The area recently received several inches of rain and freeze/thaw conditions are forecasted. To protect the resource, Turkey Bay will reopen when soil conditions improve.

Caution is recommended to anyone recreating in Land Between The Lakes, especially when hiking trails and driving back roads, due to saturated soil conditions.

Land Between the Lakes' Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area and Trails. (LBL)

Land Between the Lakes’ Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle Area and Trails. (LBL)

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Land Between The Lakes Eagle Viewing Opportunities

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLLand Between the Lakes, KY/TN – During January and February, van tours and Kentucky Lake cruises will take visitors to several bald eagle viewing hot spots around the 170,000-acre Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.

In addition to bald eagles, visitors will likely see native wildlife such as ducks, turkeys, deer, and herons. Land Between The Lakes partners with Kenlake State Resort Park to host a weekend of brunch and lunch cruises on Kentucky Lake January 16th-18th on the CQ Princess, a 96-foot luxury yacht.

American Bald Eagle (Land Between the Lakes)

American Bald Eagle (Land Between the Lakes)

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Civil War Comes to The Homeplace 1850s Farm at Land Between The Lakes

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLLand Between the Lakes, KY/TN   Civil War Comes to The Homeplace on Saturday, December 12th, from 10:00am-3:00pm at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Visitors can stroll around the farm and see it as it would have appeared during the war years.

Local historian, Susan “Ski” Witzofsky, will present War Between The Rivers at 1:00pm in the Homeplace Theater.

Bayonets were attached at the muzzle end of a shoulder arm and used in hand-to-hand combat during the Civil War. (Keurin Gaffney)

Bayonets were attached at the muzzle end of a shoulder arm and used in hand-to-hand combat during the Civil War. (Keurin Gaffney)

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Land Between The Lakes “No Hunting” Zones Open to Archery Deer Hunting

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLLand Between the Lakes, KY/TN – Five areas typically marked as “No Hunting” will opened to archery deer hunting on December 1st, in Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. Hillman Ferry and Energy Lake campgrounds will be open to archery hunting through January 19th.

Piney Campground, Brandon Spring Group Center, and the South Nature Watch Demonstration Area in the eastern portion of Hunt Area 16 south of Fort Henry Road will be open to archery hunting through January 4th. Hunters are encouraged to harvest antlerless deer in these areas to maintain healthy deer populations.

LBL Aerial of North End Canal. (Land Between the Lakes)

LBL Aerial of North End Canal. (Land Between the Lakes)

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Small Game Seasons to Open at Land Between The Lakes December 1st

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLLand Between the Lakes, KY/TN – Small game hunting season opens at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area beginning December 1st, 2015. Season dates and regulations differ from state-wide dates and regulations.

Hunters should be sure to check for details on the Land Between The Lakes Small Game & Waterfowl Hunting Information Sheet available at www.landbetweenthelakes.us/seendo/outdoor-rec/hunting/.

LBL's Energy Lake Area. (Land Between the Lakes)

LBL’s Energy Lake Area. (Land Between the Lakes)

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Free Cedar Christmas Trees available at LBL

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLLand Between the Lakes, KY/TN – Free Christmas tree permits for Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will be available online at www.LandBetweenTheLakes.us/reservations/ November 27th-December 24th.

Permits, maps, and cutting guidelines may be obtained online anytime. Members of the public may also obtain a permit in person at the Administrative Office, 8:00am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday, November 30th through December 23rd.

A permit entitles a family to cut one cedar tree between November 27th and December 24th.

Land Between The Lakes Offers free Christmas Tree permits staring November 27th.

Land Between The Lakes Offers free Christmas Tree permits staring November 27th.

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Land Between the Lake’s The Homeplace to hold a Traditional 1850 Christmas

 

Land Between the Lakes - LBLLand Between the Lakes, KY/TN – The Homeplace 1850s Farm invites members of the public to experience Christmas in 1850 on Saturday, November 28th, from 1:00pm-4:00pm at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area.

Adults and children alike can whisper their Christmas wishes to Santa Claus and participate in traditional Christmas activities. Homeplace admission includes Christmas in 1850 programs:  $5.00 ages 13 and up, $3.00 ages 5-12, and free ages 4 and under. All ages are welcome at this family event.

Children sit on Santa's lap to tell him what they would like for Christmas. Join us each year in November at The Homeplace in Land Between The Lakes for an 1850's Christmas. (Keurin Gaffney)

Children sit on Santa’s lap to tell him what they would like for Christmas. Join us each year in November at The Homeplace in Land Between The Lakes for an 1850’s Christmas. (Keurin Gaffney)

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