The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency previewed sportfishing and commercial fishing changes, heard updates on the Bill Dance Signature Lakes Program, reported on the August deer hunt, and recognized outstanding staff at the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission’s September meeting which concluded Friday at Fall Creek Falls State Park.

During the meeting, Bill Smith, who recently retired after a long career as the wildlife manager at Kyker Bottoms Wildlife Management Area near Knoxville, was named the Wildlife Biologist of the Year. Steve Massengill who works at Tellico Lake/South Cherokee WMA was honored as the Wildlife Technician of the Year. David Holt who serves in the TWRA’s District III is the Boating and Law Enforcement Boating Officer of the Year.