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Hunters For The Hungry Ready For Donation

Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program is in full swing for the 2018 deer season. More than 80 processors throughout the state are now accepting donations of whole deer to help feed local families in need.

In Campbell County, that includes Valley Meats. Contact information and a full list of processors is available at

Through the generosity of hunters over 20 years, Hunters for the Hungry has provided more than 6.5 million meals worth of healthy, much-needed protein to the hungriest Tennesseans. As a thank you for those years of support, hunters will be entered in a drawing for each whole deer they donate to win one of four made-in-Tennessee muzzleloaders by Knight Rifles. More information, including alternate ways to enter, can be found at

“This is a really exciting year. We’ve had multiple record-breaking years recently and we’re adding more processors and counties to our program,” said Matt Simcox, Hunters for the Hungry manager. “Even with the tough season for hunters last year, we still saw incredible giving. This program works because of Tennessee’s volunteer spirit in our hunters and processors. Without them, there would be fewer full bellies this time of year.”

When hunters harvest a deer, they can donate the it—in part or whole—to the program at a participating processor. The deer is processed, and the venison is delivered to local hunger relief organizations where it gets in the hands of hungry children and families. One deer provides as many as 168 meals.

Currently, all participating processors in the state are funded, meaning there is no cost to hunters to donate their venison. When deer donations surpass funding, hunters may pay a reduced, $50 processing fee directly to the processor to cover processing costs or redeem Deer Coins purchased from Tennessee Wildlife Federation at

“In addition to the support of countless individuals, Hunters for the Hungry is thankful for contributions by companies,” said Simcox. “Walmart Giving, in particular, has been a longtime supporter as they fight hunger in the communities their stores serve.”

For more information about Hunters for the Hungry or to purchase a Deer Coin, visit

About Tennessee Wildlife Federation

Tennessee Wildlife Federation leads the conservation, sound management and wise use of Tennessee’s great outdoors. Since 1946, the Federation has spearheaded the development of the state’s wildlife policy, advanced landmark legislation on air and water quality and other conservation initiatives, helped restore numerous species, and introduced thousands of kids to the great outdoors. To learn more, visit

Lady Railsplitters And Horton Advance In NCAA Tournament

Lindsay Horton

Lindsay Horton had a great career on the soccer field for the Lady Cougars. She set the team’s scoring record, which she still holds. After her prep career was over she signed with nearby Lincoln Memorial University to continue her soccer career as a Lady Railsplitter.

Now as her freshman season winds to a end Horton and her teammates are in contention for the NCAA Division II National Title. The Lady Railsplitters have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen/Regional Championship phase of the tournament following a harrowing defeat of the Lady Eagles of Carson Newman.

The Lady Eagles and Lady Railsplitters fought a pitched battle that remained tied 1-1 through a pair of overtime periods. After that it went to the shoot out phase. The Lady Railsplitters nailed all five of their penalty kicks and their goalkeeper managed to block a Lady Eagle kick to send them on to the next round.

The six seed Lady Railsplitters will have a tough task advancing to the Elite Eight round. They play the top seed of their bracket, Columbus State. Though this seems like a difficult task for the Ladies of Lincoln they have already eliminated 3rd seeded Lander in the opening round and the Lady Eagles of Carson Newman were the two seed of their bracket.

They play the Columbus State Cougars on Friday.

Card To Host Annual Fishing Event

This fall I’ll be hosting my third college and high school tournament on Norris Lake in Tennessee. We’re expecting somewhere in the neighborhood of 250 anglers this year. That’s a huge increase over last year, and that’s exactly what we want to see.

This is a really fun event for my family, friends, and I. We all help out and it’s awesome to see how it all comes together every year. My wife, mom, and stepmom take care of all the paperwork like registration and payouts, my brother helps me emcee and weigh all the fish, and my dad’s company, Ab Card Construction, sponsors and cooks the free food at the weigh-in on Saturday. All my high school buddies help out every year with building the stage and setting everything up.

We’ll have a big dinner registration meeting on the friday (Nov. 30) before the tournament starts. The catered dinner will be sponsored by Twin Cove Marine and Coal Creek Smokehouse BBQ. While the competitors eat, my Suzuki teammates, Chad Pipkens and John Hunter, will join me at the front of the room for a Q and A session about anything from life on tour to questions about specific techniques. It’s a fun, informative time!

The college teams will compete against each other, and the high school teams will compete against each other. It’s two separate tournaments being run at the same time. This is an open event to any college or high school angler in America. We had several guys from Kansas fish my event a couple years ago, and I hope we draw anglers even farther this year. There’s a $50 entry fee per boat (1 or 2 anglers per boat) that enables us to boost the payouts which are pretty darn good. First place in the college division will pay $2,500 and first place in the high school division will pay $1,500. Last year we were able to give away over $20,000 in cash and prizes for the payouts and free raffles.

The registration dinner starts at 5:30 pm on November 30th at the Campbell County High School. The competition gets underway on Saturday, December 1st. For more details please check out the flier below and/or contact my buddy, Curtis Hoskins at 423-494-2578.

The presenting sponsors for this event are Suzuki, Navionics, and the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce. I can’t say enough about their help and participation. Without them this event wouldn’t happen. All of my other sponsors (check them out on the flier) are big supporters of the event and donate thousands of dollars in products every year!

Several of the Bassmaster Elite Series pros hold tournaments in the offseason or between events. We do that because we love this sport and we know that without grassroots action it won’t survive and it’ll never grow. That’s my motivation, too, but my history with the sport plays into things as well.

I fished for the University of Kentucky when I was in college. I had a ton of fun doing that and, at the same time, I developed the skills I need and use today. Largely as a result of my experiences at UK I was able to qualify for the Bassmaster Elite Series through the Bassmaster Southern Opens. I was the first collegiate angler to qualify for the Elite Series and was fortunate enough to win the Toyota Bassmaster Rookie of the Year title in 2012.

The goal of my tournament is to keep things moving forward through the educational ranks. If we can push high school anglers along and help them develop, they’ll be better when they get to the college ranks. And, the better they are at the college level the better they’ll be in the Opens which will give them a better chance to move into the Elite Series.

This is my opportunity to give something back to the sport of bass fishing. I’m a huge advocate of growing this awesome sport, and I love seeing these younger generations of anglers so excited about bass fishing! Its going to be awesome seeing how big this sport will be in 10 or 20 years!

Cain Sees Action In Sophomore Season Debut

Anyone who watched Sarah Cain play as a Lady Cougar should not be surprised that she is seeing action on the collegiate level. Cain became a Lady Lion of Bryan College after her days as a Lady Cougar were over and had a good debut season in Dayton.

Now her second season has started an Cain has already made an impact. The 24th ranked Lady Lions opened up at home and defeated the Lady Mariners of Coastal Georgia by a score of 84-65.

Cain had 8 points in the game and was perfect in shooting. She had a pair of field goals, a three pointer, and sank her only foul shot in ten minutes of playing time. Cain also had a pair of assists.

CHET Hosts Donna Kitts 5k

Racers before 5K as EL Morton declares October Domestic Violence Awareness month in Campbell County.

Runners gathered Saturday morning as Community Health of East Tennessee hosted the Donna Kitts 5K as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Prerace County Mayor E.L.Morton read a proclamation to the gathered crowd which included Johnna Kitts, daughter of the late Donna Kitts.

This event, held October 27 at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, TN, benefited the Community Health of East Tennessee Family Services Center. To learn more about Community Health of East Tennessee and their services, visit

1st place: Daryl Simpson
2nd place: Lily Hatfield
3rd place: Abby Bowens

Women’s Division
14 & under:
1. Lily Hatfield
2. Abby Bowens
3. Karlie Whited
1. Taylor Bale
1. Vee Walden
2. Ashley Whited
1. Tiffany Kitts-Adkins
2. Hallie Griffith
3. Shelby Buffin
1. Raven Sabino
2. Johnna Kitts
3. Racheal Goins
1. Amanda Leever
1. Lori Adkins
2. Miranda Walden
3. Emily Whited
1. Lori Gibson
2. Penny Etter
1. Pam Daugherty
1. Cathy Owens
2. Leann Asbury Adkins
3. Jeannie Pyle

Men’s Division

14 & under:
1. Nathan Bale
1. Nik Leever
2. Justin Wilson
1. Jim Farris
1. Darryl Simpson
2. Ken Owens