TENNESSEE FORESTRY ASSOCIATION
2019 ANNUAL MEETING EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16
COMPLIMENTARY TEAM SAFE TRUCKING SEMINAR-No-Charge (Lunch provided by sponsors)
PRE-CONFERENCE FIELD DAY AT UT FORESTRY RESEARCH CENTER IN OAK RIDGE - $10.00 Additional Registration Fee
WEDNESDAY'S EVENING DINNER & TOUR AT NEYLAND STADIUM
(Included in Complete, Spouse/Significant Other, Children's, Meeting Only & Wednesday Only Packages) More details will be available soon.
TFA AT NEYLAND STADIUM On Wednesday evening, TFA members will enjoy time at the University of Tennessee Neyland Stadium. Many storied football games have been played and memories made since the stadium was Constructed in 1921. The over 100,000 fans who traditionally attend UT games enjoy brisk fall Saturdays cheering on the Big Orange. TFA members may tour the stadium and dinner will be in the East Club overlooking Shields-Watkins Field. There may be Hokies, Bulldogs, Tigers, Gators, Wildcats and few other college football die-hard fans in the TFA family, but we all do appreciate the great support and services provided our association by our friends at UT. Spirits will be flowing and great food will be served…. and by mid October there may be a few gridiron stories to tell and a little bragging going on as well. We look forward to seeing you in Big Orange Country (even the Bama fans)!
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
FLY FISHING & LUNCH ON NORRIS LAKE
(Registration $25.00 includes lunch)
Enjoy beautiful Norris Lake on an autumn afternoon and spend some quite time on the clear mountain stream near Millers Island. Miller's Island is on the Norris tailrace. Fishing is good, the scenery is spectacular and the company of TFA friends is the best. Fishermen will need both a regular fishing license and a "trout stamp." The tailrace is stocked with Brown, Brook and Rainbow trout. Water temps in October will be around 45 degrees. Waders are recommended unless fishing from the shore. Transportation to/from Crowne Plaza will be provided. Kevin Hoyt will serve as group leader and fishing buddy.
UT GARDENS TOUR & LUNCH
(Registration $25.00 including lunch)
The UT Gardens, named the official botanical gardens for the State of Tennessee, serves as an outdoor laboratory to evaluate the performance and landscape use of every type of plant, from trees and shrubs to annuals and perennials. The gardens feature a children's garden, formal rose garden, a sustainable kitchen garden, perennial borders, a beautiful hosta collection as well as annual beds, huge old growth trees and seasonal displays. The plants that thrive and shine in the fall are especially gorgeous in mid-October. Lunches will be served in the pavilion. James Newburn, Assistant Director of the Gardens will lead the walking tour. Watch for a statue of Smoky IV, honoring all the blue tick hounds that have served as the Big Orange canine mascot! Transportation provided.
GOLF TOURNAMENT & LUNCH
Larry Pitts is golf tournament contact. (Registration: $50.00 includes lunch, refreshments, green fees.)
Long regarded as one of the most enjoyable greater Knoxville golf courses, Egwani Farms Golf Course offers an ideal blend of challenge, play ability, nuance and strategy. Prior to the course being built in 1991, Egwani was used as farming land. The name Egwani derives from Native American culture which means “little river” since the river runs along side the golf course and can be seen from at least 7 holes from the fairways. Egwani takes great pride in its origin and history, but also has a vision for the future. In the summer of 2016, for the course's 25th anniversary, the course underwent extreme renovations. The renovations include: new cart paths, championship bermuda greens, billy style bunkers, new carts with GPS, and 15 acres of new natural fescue grass. TFA's golf scramble is a good time to catch up with friends while teeing off and sharing an afternoon on the links.
SPORTING CLAYS TOURNAMENT & LUNCH
Contacts: Harry Bledsoe & Steve Owen. (Registration:$50.00 including lunch).
TFA shooting enthusiasts will enjoy an afternoon at the Chilhowee Rod & Gun Club. The shotgun-sports club is located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Chilhowee was organized in 1963 and is comprised of sportsmen and sportswomen who enjoy the outdoors and all of its associated pursuits. The club has two pistol ranges, a rifle range, two skeet fields, a trap field, an archery range, and a fully stocked lake. The grounds cover 80+ acres and are amply wooded and have lots of paths and open fields for hiking. There is also a club house and a pavilion. The Chilhowee Rod & Gun Club is an NRA affiliated club and fully supports the rights established for US citizens by the Second Amendment. For the sporting clays tournament, TFA members will need to bring 4 boxes of shells and gun. Boxed lunches will be served.
BRUSHY MOUNTAIN PRISON TOUR & LUNCH
(Registration Fee: $30.00 including lunch)
Tennessee History on top of the Plateau! Touring the former Brushy Mountain Prison will be an experience like no other. It will surprise you, terrify you, and make you wonder what it would’ve been like to be locked up for the rest of your life. Local TFA members will lead the tour and tell the stories that may cause a few goosebumps! Tour participants will be provided with a map of the prison grounds. There are more than 30 stations, each containing the story of what happened in that particular spot. Some stops will talk of violent acts, killings, others about the special moments when family members came to visit. Brushy Mountain former inmates and guards will be on hand to answer questions and weave a few more stories of life behind the infamous bars. Lunch will be served at the highly acclaimed Warden's Table Restaurant. Brushy Mountain is now an event venue with top musicians and acts from across the country scheduling concerts on the grounds. Transportation provided with tour group leader Martin Shubert (UT FRREC) telling some tall tales of life on the mountain on the way to and from Morgan County.