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It’s boating season, so put on that life jacket

From staff reports • May 18, 2020 at 9:00 PM

It’s a great time to get out on the water. Got that life jacket handy?

National Safe Boating week commenced Saturday, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is out to ensure boaters are wearing their life jackets.

Boating partners across the United States and Canada are teaming up to promote safe practices not only during Safe Boating Week but throughout the boating season.

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to boating season, and Tennessee offers an abundance of opportunities. The goal of National Safe Boating Week is to educate the public about the importance of safe practices and wearing life jackets.

“The single most important action one can take to prevent drowning while boating is to wear a life jacket,” said Betsy Woods, TWRA boating education coordinator. “They are called life-saving devices because they really can save lives.”

National Safe Boating Week concludes Friday, but the TWRA urges all boating enthusiasts to always be safety vigilant.


By unanimous vote of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission, Bobby Wilson was named executive director of the TWRA on Friday.

Wilson, who joined the TWRA in 1979, will assume his new position on June 1. As deputy executive director since September 2015, he was responsible for the coordination of all field activities for the four TWRA regions and central office programs.

The native of Nashville holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Tennessee Tech. He replaces Ed Carter, who is retiring.

The commission is the governing body of the TWRA.


For a $20 donation to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation, wildlife supporters can get a new, vintage-feel cap featuring the TWRA logo.

This light brown, mesh-back cap is adjustable.

All proceeds from cap sales go to wildlife conservation. To make a donation and receive a cap, go online at gooutdoorstennessee.com, create an account, click the license catalog and look under specialty.

(Information from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)

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