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TWRA 2022 Spring Turkey Quota Hunt Deadline approaches

January 8, 2022

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – The application period deadline is nearing for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency 2022 Spring Turkey Quota Hunts. Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm CT on January 12th.

Applications can be made online at, or at a TWRA license agent, or TWRA regional office.

TWRA Spring Turkey Quota Hunt

TWRA Spring Turkey Quota Hunt

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Tennessee Highway Patrol to conduct Traffic Safety Enforcement During New Year’s Eve Holiday Period

December 28, 2021

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will conduct a strict traffic safety enforcement campaign during the 2021 New Year’s Eve holiday period beginning Friday, December 31st, at 6:00pm and concluding Sunday, January 2nd, at 11:59pm. 

State troopers will perform traffic saturation patrols, seat belt, sobriety, and driver’s license checkpoints during the holiday.  All of Tennessee’s 95 counties will have troopers working to ensure a safe holiday.

“Our goal is to keep everyone safe on Tennessee roadways,” Colonel Matt Perry said.  “We will not tolerate drivers that endanger the public with their bad choices. Now is the time to start planning for your safe and sober ride.”

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

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COVID-19 Omicron Variant concerns cause Gas Price Drop

December 27, 2021

AAANashville, TN – Tennessee gas prices fell another 1.5 cents this week bringing the Tennessee Gas Price average to $2.99. Prices are now one cent cheaper than last month, but still 95 cents more than this time last year.   

Across the nation, gasoline prices fluctuated over the past few days as fears of an omicron-driven economic slowdown were countered by news of a severe fire at a major oil refinery.

Fears of omicron-driven economic slowdown countered by news of a severe fire at major oil refinery. (AAA)

Fears of omicron-driven economic slowdown countered by news of a severe fire at major oil refinery. (AAA)

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State Parks To Welcome New Year with First Day Hikes

December 26, 2021

Tennessee State ParksNashville, TN – Tennessee State Parks invite all Tennesseans to enjoy guided First Day Hikes at parks across the state to ring in the New Year. All hikes are on January 1st, 2022 with the exception of hikes on December 31st at David Crockett Birthplace, Harrison Bay, and Radnor Lake state parks.

The hikes are designed for all ages and abilities. They are an opportunity to begin a New Year’s resolution for good health, continue an ongoing commitment to hiking, or simply enjoy the beauty of nature in the state parks.

Details on the First Day Hikes for individual parks can be found here.



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AAA reports more than 109 Million Americans to Travel for the Holidays

December 20, 2021

AAANashville, TN – Americans who had to cancel getaways and get-togethers last year because of the pandemic are making up for lost time this holiday season.

More than 109 million people — an almost 34% increase from 2020 — will travel 50 miles or more as they hit the road, board airplanes or take other transportation out of town between December 23rd and January 2nd.

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That dramatic bounce-back — 27.7 million more travelers than the 2020 holiday period — brings this year’s numbers in line with 2017 figures, and just 8% shy of 2019 – which was the highest on record.

“Americans who canceled their vacations in 2020 want to gather with family and friends for the holidays this year, although they will still need to be mindful of the pandemic,” said Debbie Haas, Vice President, AAA – The Auto Club Group.

“With vaccines widely available, conditions are much different and many people feel a greater level of comfort with travel this year,” Hass stated.

National Travel Figures




Other (bus, train, cruise)

2021 Forecast

109.5 M

100.1 M

6.4 M

2.9 M

2020 Actual

81.7 M

78.5 M

2.3 M

0.98 M

2019 Actual

119.3 M

108 M

7.33 M

3.89 M

Change (2019 to 2021)





Change (2020 to 2021)






More than 100 million on the roads and 6 million in the skies

Road trips remain the top mode of travel during the holidays, with over 100 million (91%) planning to drive to their destinations, despite gasoline costing $1.25 per gallon more than a year ago. Airlines will see a 184% increase from last year. More than 6 million people are expected to fly, while 3 million are booking buses, trains and cruises.

“Travelers should pay careful attention to Covid travel requirements, particularly those journeying outside the United States,” Haas continued. “The requirements to enter different countries may vary by destination and over time. Also, Americans should be aware that new rules require them to provide a negative Covid test within a day before reentering the U.S., regardless of their vaccination status.  AAA stands ready to assist you in making travel plans with confidence, so you can sit back and enjoy your vacation.”

New AAA Resources for travelers:

What to Expect While Traveling – Allows travelers to easily view travel requirements based on their vaccination status, destination and date of travel.  Our website and app provide a breakdown of the requirements for various modes of travel.

Tennessee Travel Rebounds 35%

Tennessee figures also show a strong rebound in travelers compared to the 2020 year-end holiday period.

More than 2.6 million Tennesseans are forecast to travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 2. Although that’s 5.5 percent fewer travelers than the record high set back in 2019, it’s still 689,000 (35%) more than last year.

Tennessee Travel Figures




Other (bus, train, cruise)

2021 Forecast





2020 Actual





2019 Actual





Change (2019 to 2021)





Change (2020 to 2021)






Higher prices this holiday season

With so many planning to travel, AAA suggests booking flights, car rentals, accommodations and other activities as early as possible.

Air — Recent analysis of AAA’s flight booking data revealed that ticket prices for Christmas week are up 5% from last year, with the average lowest round-trip fare of $154 for major U.S. destinations. For those flying around New Year’s, prices are up considerably more – 27% with the average lowest fare at $182. Those wanting to book last-minute travel will find the best fares about two weeks before their travel date but keep in mind availability may be limited.

Hotels — Mid-range hotel rates have increased 36% for AAA Approved hotels for Christmas travel, with an average nightly rate of $320. For New Year’s Eve, the average nightly rate is $267.

Car Rentals — The average car rental rate has increased 20% for Christmas travel, with the average lowest daily rate of $130. It has increased 65% for New Year’s, for an average lowest daily rate of $103. Rental car companies have been re-building their inventory following a shortage over the summer, but with the increased demand expected around this time of the year, it’s important to book as early as possible.

Plan ahead for road trips

Auto travel remains the preferred mode of transportation for 91% of holiday travelers. With more than half a million additional Tennesseans on the road compared to last year, AAA believes drivers in major metro areas could see more than double the delays versus typical drive times.

Daily Worst and Best Times to Travel


Worst travel time

Best travel time



After 7:00pm



Before 1:00pm


Minimal congestion expected



Before 12:00pm



Before 1:00pm



Before 12:00pm



Before 11:00am



Before 12:00pm



Before 1:00pm, after 5:00pm


Minimal congestion expected



Before 1:00pm



Source: INRIX


The 100 million Americans planning to drive over the holidays need to be prepared for slowdowns and breakdowns. AAA expects to respond to as many as 1.3 million calls for help.

“Vehicles that have been driven less during the pandemic should get an inspection to check key components like the battery, fuel system, tires, brakes and fluid levels to avoid an unnecessary breakdown,” said Stephanie Milani, public affairs director, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “It’s important to do this as early as possible in case there is an issue that needs to be fixed.”

Motorists can visit to find a certified AAA Approved Auto Repair Facility in their area.

Theme parks, beaches and Vegas are popular destinations

AAA booking data through October shows that domestically, theme-park-heavy destinations like Orlando, Florida, and Anaheim, California, top the list of popular travel spots. Las Vegas, New York City and several other Florida cities also rank high.

Top U.S. Travel Destinations
1. Orlando
2. Anaheim, CA
3. Las Vegas, NV
4. New York, NY; Kahului, Maui, HI (tie)
5. Honolulu, HI
6. Miami, FL
7. Fort Lauderdale, FL
8. Tampa, FL
9. Phoenix, AZ
10. San Diego, CA


ACG Travel VP Shares First Hand Experience

Covid-related restrictions and requirements often change and vary by destination, especially for Americans who wish to travel internationally. ACG Travel Vice President Debbie Haas is currently on a European cruise, for a first-hand experience of how cruising has changed for American passengers.

“Cruise lines like AMAWaterways have implemented many new safety protocols that should help travelers feel more comfortable while sailing,” Haas explained. “Before boarding, passengers were asked to submit proof of vaccinations. Once onboard, we’re required to wear masks when moving around indoors, undergo daily temperature checks and meet any local requirements before disembarking. Despite these minor inconveniences, the overall experience of taking a cruise remains just as enjoyable as before.”

AAA Advice for Travelers

AAA urges anyone considering gathering or traveling for the holidays to consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. It’s essential to know requirements and recommendations based on your vaccination status, where you’re traveling from and your destination.

A trusted travel advisor can provide advice, serving as an advocate before, during and after a trip. Their extensive knowledge and expertise allow them to help travelers with questions related to travel insurance options, what destinations and attractions are open both domestically and internationally, destination-specific testing and vaccination requirements, what to do if last-minute changes to a trip are needed and much more.

AAA’s COVID-19 Travel Restrictions Map helps travelers understand closures, recommendations and requirements when traveling in the U.S. In addition, the CDC has an interactive map with recommendations and information about restrictions for international travel.

Masks are still required for everyone on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of U.S. public transportation and within transportation hubs such as airports and stations. The CDC also recommends everyone wear a mask indoors in public places in an area of substantial or high transmission.

Other things to consider:

  • Travel insurance — AAA highly recommends travel insurance to cover unexpected delays or trip interruptions. Travel insurance provides financial benefits for lost baggage and flight interruptions of as little as 3 hours.  It is best to consult the expertise of a travel advisor who can guide you on the coverage options available for your specific trip, including if your destination requires visitors to carry travel insurance.
  • Clean accommodations — When booking a place to stay, look for accommodations that prioritize cleanliness and have implemented additional housekeeping standards since the start of the pandemic. Hotels that meet AAA standards for cleanliness earn AAA Diamond designations. Earlier this year, as part of the Diamond program, AAA enhanced its housekeeping evaluation, and inspections now include objective, scientific validation of the cleanliness of common surfaces throughout hotels. Hotels that have been inspected since that new testing started and now meet these new standards are recognized as Inspected Clean. A current list of AAA Diamond hotels, including those recognized as Inspected Clean, can be found here.
  • Domestic and international travel guidelines — When traveling within the U.S., fully vaccinated travelers do not need a negative viral test or to self-quarantine. For international travel, all air passengers, regardless of vaccination status or nationality, must show a negative COVID-19 viral test result taken no more than one day before travel into the U.S. Refer to the CDC for more information.

Forecasted numbers may change

AAA notes that the actual number of travelers could fluctuate as we approach the holidays. Some people may decide to stay home if there is an increase in reported COVID-19 cases or because of concerns about the omicron variant, while others may note the progress in vaccinations and make last-minute decisions to travel. AAA recommends working with a travel advisor who can help you plan a vacation that meets your needs and comfort level this holiday season. To get started and to learn more, visit

Forecast Methodology

In cooperation with AAA, IHS Markit—a world leader in critical information, analytics and expertise—developed a unique methodology to forecast actual domestic travel volumes. The economic variables used to forecast travel for the current holiday are leveraged from IHS Markit’s proprietary databases. These data include macroeconomic drivers such as employment, output, household net worth, asset prices including stock indices, interest rates, housing market indicators, and variables related to travel and tourism, including prices of gasoline, airline travel and hotel stays.

Historical travel volume estimates come from DK SHIFFLET’s TRAVEL PERFORMANCE/Monitorsm. The PERFORMANCE/Monitorsm is a comprehensive study measuring the travel behavior of U.S. residents. DK SHIFFLET contacts over 50,000 U.S. households each month to obtain detailed travel data, resulting in the unique ability to estimate visitor volume and spending, identify trends, and forecast U.S. travel behavior. 

The travel forecast is reported in person-trips. In particular, AAA and IHS Markit forecast the total U.S. holiday travel volume and expected mode of transportation. The travel forecast presented in this report was prepared the week of Nov. 15, 2021.

About AAA – The Auto Club Group

The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second-largest AAA club in North America with more than 14 million members across 14 U.S. states, the province of Quebec, and two U.S. territories. ACG and its affiliates provide members with roadside assistance, insurance products, banking, and financial services, travel offerings, and more.

ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 62 million members in the United States and Canada. AAA’s mission is to protect and advance freedom of mobility and improve traffic safety.

For more information, get the AAA Mobile app, visit, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Tennessee announces What’s New in Tourism for 2022

December 19, 2021

Tennessee Department of Tourist DevelopmentNashville, TN – Discover new attractions, restaurants, distilleries, hotels, exhibits, milestone anniversaries, renovations, and unique experiences across Tennessee.

Whether it’s music, food, scenic beauty, family memories, road trips or hidden gems, find your travel inspiration.

Blue Bank Resort

Blue Bank Resort

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Fisherman Bill Dance announce “Bill Dance Signature Lakes” Initiative

December 19, 2021

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and fishing icon Bill Dance have announced a new initiative to improve and enhance Tennessee lakes, increase visitation, and honor Dance’s legacy with the creation of Bill Dance Signature Lakes.

TWRA and the State of Tennessee will invest $15 million in improvements both above and below the water at 18 lakes that bear fishing legend Dance’s stamp of approval.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee

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TWRA Stocks Cutthroat Trout Into Tennessee Waterways

December 18, 2021

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRAMorristown, TN – For the first time since the 1960s, Cutthroat Trout are being stocked into Tennessee’s waterways to provide anglers with the opportunity to catch a different trout species at a few locations. 

On Wednesday afternoon, 2,550 Cutthroat Trout were released into the upper portion of Fort Patrick Henry Reservoir on the Holston River below Boone Dam.  Last week, 3,000 cutthroats were also stocked into the Hiwassee River, and there are plans to release 2,250 more into the Tims Ford tailwater on the Elk River in the coming months.

Cutthroat Trout

Cutthroat Trout

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Gas Prices continue Slow Decline

December 13, 2021

AAAWashington, D.C. – AAA reports pump prices continue their slow seasonal descent, despite a slight rebound in oil prices due to waning fears of a global slowdown caused by the COVID-19 omicron variant.

The national average for a gallon of gas fell two cents on the week to $3.33.

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USDA gives Tips to Reduce Food Waste at Home

December 13, 2021

Written by Dr. Jean Buzby
USDA Food Loss and Waste Liaison in the Office of the Chief Economist

USDA - U.S. Department of AgricultureWashington, D.C. – Here’s a cool idea: A clean, well-organized refrigerator can help your family prevent food waste. 

Three Ways To Fight Food Waste

1. Know and, if necessary, reorganize your fridge and pantry.

Keep your refrigerator and pantry clean and organized so you can see what needs to be eaten first. If fresh food is “out of sight, out of mind,” it may be forgotten until it’s no longer fresh and so ultimately wasted. Food is less likely to go bad when you use the more perishable and older items first. 

Keep your refrigerator well organized and it can help you keep your health and wealth.

Keep your refrigerator well organized and it can help you keep your health and wealth.

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