Entries by Mark Todd Engler

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TN Legislature in Session: Rep. Casada, Sen. McNally Elected Speakers (w/video)

The 111th Tennessee General Assembly commenced in Nashville on Tuesday, with both chambers of the legislative branch selecting members of the Republican caucus to preside over the respective lawmaking bodies. The House and Senate are again this session dominated by Republicans. For the past six years the GOP has enjoyed supermajority control of both statehouse […]

TN Governor-Elect Meets with Trump

Incoming governors visit White House Tennessee’s gubernatorial election winner, Republican Bill Lee, was among a group of more than a dozen new voter-endorsed state-level chief executives from around the country to meet with President Donald Trump this week. Lee and 21 other incoming governors were invited the the White House for the Dec. 13 gathering […]

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TTU, MTSU Among TN Colleges Earning Mediocre Marks for Free Speech Protections

A national organization that tracks efforts on higher education campuses to suppress the exercise of free speech has declared that Tennessee is, on whole, basically average when it comes to universities respecting First Amendment liberties. Given the disquieting level of intolerance for controversial opinions and divergent points of view at American colleges these days, that […]

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Big Wins for White County Wildlands Preservation, Recreation

Conservation carve-outs added to Upper Caney Watershed The rural lands that make up White County have long been recognized and appreciated for their remarkable geological features and timeless sense of hardy frontier vitality. Over the last several decades, more and more people from outside the area have come to love and admire White County’s abundance […]

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Big Fun on Small Town’s Barren Fork

Cool respite from stuffy summer doldrums; Backwoods-style river adventures inside McMinnville city limits Set amidst a remarkable panorama of thickset woods, rolling pasturelands, rugged mountain slopes and soaring yonder plateau scarps, McMinnville has for two centuries served as a regional hub of commerce, culture and active leisure. Writing for the intro to the 2009 “Images […]

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Something Special About Small-Stream Smallies

Big lakes and large rivers aren’t the only habitat for brawny bronzebacks Anglers are notoriously tight-lipped about where they go to rip fish lips. And that’s especially true among those serious about stalking skinny waters in search of fat bass. But one of the great things about Middle Tennessee and the Upper Cumberland is that […]

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New Statewide ‘Trout Management Plan’ in Draft Form

Anglers’ suggestions for improving fisheries welcome The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency is updating and revising the state’s comprehensive trout-management plan. As part of the process, the agency is seeking public comments on a new draft blueprint that’s available for inspection on the department’s website. The deadline for submitting commentary, criticisms and suggestions for agency officials […]

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Windows of Recreation Opportunities

Officials hope new state natural area will attract more tourist dollars to region The Window Cliffs Natural Area in Putnam County is now open for the business of public recreation. State park officials, local politicians, conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts gathered for a commencement celebration and an inaugural round of guided hikes at the 275-acre scenic […]