TWRA arrests 14 drunk Memorial Day boaters

Larry Woody's Notebook

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers made 14 Boating Under the Influence (BUI) arrests over the Memorial Day weekend and intend to continue the crackdown on violators. Impaired boaters are responsible for many of the growing number of accidents, and they become more of a problem every year as the state’s waterways grow more congested. BUI penalties are similar to Driving […]

Don’t skip the skipjacks

Their official name is skipjack herring. But they are better known as Tennessee Tarpon because their iridescent scales, streamlined body and head-shaking, tail-dancing antics are identical to the giant tarpon that inhabit brackish inlets. They’re also called “fun,” which is why most fishermen fish for them. Skipjacks aren’t fit to eat but they’re a delight to catch. They hit hard […]

Memories drift beneath old bridges

It was a hot summer day, and a glaring sun pierced the shallow water, causing every trout in the vicinity to seek shelter and sulk. But it was shady and cool beneath the old stone bridge, moss-covered and dappled with emerald ferns and scarlet Indian Paint Brushes. Water gurgled over rocks polished smooth through eons, eddying into a deep pocket […]

Turpin named Sycamore’s next soccer coach

Tyler Turpin, the current coach of the Sycamore Middle Knights soccer team, has been named the Sycamore High School Lady War Eagles soccer coach.  Turpin graduated from Creek Wood in 2015, where he played all four years.   “I’m very excited for the opportunity,” Turpin said. “I’ve seen what the high school girls’ soccer program has done over the past […]

Denver vs. Miami is far from boring

This Denver vs. Miami series is only through one game so far with the Nuggets taking the first game 104-93.  There’s been some talk that this series would be “boring” or “dull” but I don’t believe that to be the case. Now, I also need to admit that I do think that Denver is immensely better and it will take […]

Harpeth to host wrestling camp this week

Harpeth wrestling coach Ricky Woods will host a ‘Harpeth Wrestling Building’ youth camp next week.  The camp will be held from June 5-8 from 8 a.m.-noon each day at the Harpeth Wrestling building and is open to students from kindergarten through eighth grade.  All wrestlers must have a current AAU Wrestler card, which can be obtained for $18 at Click on “Join AAU,” choose […]

Tennessee catfish kill remains a mystery

Larry Woody's Notebook

Biologists have yet to determine what recently killed hundreds of catfish on Chickamauga Lake. No other species were affected, and the dead fish were found in a relatively small area of the lake. That would suggest some sort of localized contamination, although it is puzzling why other species besides catfish were not killed. Catfish normally are a hardy species that […]

Each boating fatality is a personal tragedy

The press releases arrive almost routinely from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency: A young kayaker drowned on Percy Priest Lake. An elderly fisherman is missing after his boat capsized on Pickwick. A body is recovered from the Duck River. Last year, 27 such fatality reports were issued, approaching the grim state record of 31 set a few years ago. Already […]

Bear with me – trouble is bruin

Larry Woody's Woods & Waters

If you’ve ever almost tripped over a black bear on a dark night, you never forget it. I haven’t – along with numerous other encounters with bruins during years of camping in the Canadian wilderness. I was reminded of them awhile back when a discarded can of bear spray detonated in the Nashville airport, forcing evacuation of the concourse. It […]

Are boneless fish next on menu?

Larry Woody's Notebook

Chinese scientists have cultivated a boneless fish that could revolutionize the fish-market industry. Picking out bones has always been a drawback to eating whole-cooked fish, but that won’t be a problem when dining on China’s Crucian carp. The “intermuscular bones” surrounding the choice fillets have been genetically removed from the fish. The rest of the skeletal structure is intact. The […]

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