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 TWRC Tentative Meeting Schedule

R. B. "Buddy" Baird   2007-2009*

211 South Depot St.             
Rogersville, TN 37857
Business: (423) 272-0301
Fax: (423) 272-0838

e-mail: [email protected] 

A lawyer by profession, Baird is also a dedicated hunter—especially bow hunting. He also enjoys duck, grouse and quail hunting, bass fishing, and big game hunting in Africa. He is a member of the Safari Club, International, the National Rifle Association, NWTF, the Ruffed Grouse Society, Quail Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited. Wife: Bridget—one son, Ryan.


Governor Phil Bredesen (Ex-Officio Member)
State Capitol
Nashville, TN 37243
Business: (615) 741-2001




Michael Chase - 2005-2011*
(East Tennessee - E-2)—District counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cumberland, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union.

P.O. Box 50370
Knoxville, TN 37950
Business: (865) 522-3500
Fax: (865) 522-8526 

The owner of the Copper Cellar Corporation, a chain of 14 restaurants in Middle and East Tennessee, Chase enjoys fishing—especially striped bass fishing—along with boating and waterfowl hunting. Wife: Donna—two children, Kaia and Kelsey.


Johnny Fred Coleman        2005-2011*
(TWRC Secretary)

(Middle Tennessee - M-3)—District counties: Clay, DeKalb, Fentress, Grundy, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren, and White.

9190 Bradford Hicks Dr.         
Livingston, TN 38570
Business: (931) 823-7345
Fax: (931) 823-7646

Owner of Mid-State Construction Co., a general contractor specializing in commercial building, bridge repair and utility work.  Coleman is actively involved in family farming and is a fishing and hunting enthusiast, particularly duck, deer, and turkey.  Wife: Carol and three grown children.


Thomas H. Edwards       2003-2009*
(TWRC Chairperson)
(West Tennessee - W-7)—District counties: Benton, Carroll, Decatur, Hardin, Henderson, Henry, and Perry. 

1085 Herrondale Rd. E.       
Paris, TN 38242
Residence: (731) 642-4186
Fax: (731) 642-0120

e-mail: [email protected] 

With interests in both business and farming, Edwards is also an outstanding coach in Tennessee’s Scholastic Clay Target Program in the schools.


James H. (Jim) Fyke
Commissioner - Department of Environment and Conservation - (Statewide)

21st Floor, L & C Tower
401 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37243-0435
Business: (615) 532-0104
Fax: (615) 532-0120




Ken Givens
Commissioner - TN Department of Agriculture
Ellington Agricultural Center - (Statewide)

P.O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 37204
Business: (615) 837-5202
Fax: (615) 837-5333



Mike Hayes              2005-2011*
(West Tennessee - W-8)—District counties: Chester, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Madison, Obion, and Weakley.

3330 State Route 21E     
Tiptonville, TN 38079
Business: (731) 253-6878
Fax: (731) 253-0111


Owner of Blue Bank Resort and Outfitter, a resort and outdoor guide service, Hayes sporting interests include fishing for crappie and bluegill, duck and deer hunting and golf.


Gary K. Kimsey         2003-2009*
(TWRC Vice-Chairperson)

(East Tennessee - E-4)—District counties: Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Sequatchie, and Rhea.

444 Allen Road
Sweetwater, TN 37874
Business: (423) 337-7713
Fax: (423) 337-0242

e-mail: [email protected] 

A former president and CEO of Gemtron Corporation, Kimsey is also a former chairman of the Loudon County School Board and the Hiwassee College Board of Trustees. He enjoys big game and upland game bird hunting and stream fishing. Wife: Sue—two daughters, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.


Boyce C. Magli         2003-2009*
(Middle Tennessee - M-6)—District counties: Cheatham, Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Maury, Montgomery, Stewart, Wayne, and Williamson. 

P. O. Box 448         
Franklin, TN 37065
Business: (615) 794-5484
Fax: (615) 794-5515

e-mail: [email protected]

Business interests are in commercial real estate. His sporting interests include hunting for duck, deer, turkey, quail, dove, rabbit and squirrel, along with river and stream fishing.


Mitchell S. Parks           2007-2013*
(Middle Tennessee - M-5)—District counties: Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Davidson, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, and Wilson.

4101 W. Hamilton Road
Nashville, TN 37218
Telephone: (615) 876-3046

A life member of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation, Mr. Parks served on the board of directors as president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.  He is a member of the Scenic Rivers Commission, is on the board of directors of the Tennessee Conservation League Foundation, has served on the Bordeaux-Whites Creek Greenways Alliance, the Governor's Council of Greenways and Trails, and the board of Greenways for Nashville.  He attended Tuskegee Institute, the University of Tennessee-Nashville and Tennessee State University, with studies in commercial dietetics, accounting, real estate, and real estate law.  He served as an Economic Development Representative for the U. S. Department of Commerce.


Todd A. Shelton    2007-2013*
(East Tennessee - E-1)-District counties: Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Greene, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington.

100 S. Main Street
Greeneville, TN 37743
Business: (423) 639-5183

An attorney in Greeneville, Mr. Shelton has been an avid fisherman all his life. He enjoys hunting small game which he began with his grandfather and has continued. He has two sons who are avid outdoorsmen. He served as a police officer in Greeneville prior to obtaining his law degree. Mr. Shelton graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law.


Hugh T. "Skip" Simonton, Jr.     2007-2009*

211 Old Fulton Road
Henning, TN 38041
Business: (731) 738-1061

Working background is in the construction industry. He is an avid hunter and angler.


Danya L. Welch  2007-2013* 
(West Tennessee - W-9)—District counties: Fayette, Hardeman, Haywood, Lauderdale, McNairy, Shelby, and Tipton.

7751 Wolf River Blvd.         
Germantown, TN 38138
Business: (901) 759-5100
Fax: (901) 759-5111

A longtime resident of West Tennessee, Ms. Welch is a partner in Welch Builders, residential commercial and industrial properties.  She is an advisory board member at First Capital Bank and serves as a member of: Memphis Area Home Builder's Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, National Association of Scuba Divers, and American Quarter Horse Association. She is a member of Friends of the Community Animal Society and Disaster Area Rescue Team Wildlife Division and holds a Wildlife Possession (Rehabilitation) Permit for Class II Mammals.


 *Dates of term
(Grand Division & District in parentheses) 

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