Local Government Practice Section

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Chair
City of Franklin, Law Department
109 3rd Avenue South
Franklin, TN 37065
(615)550-6603
Immediate Past Chair
Owings, Wilson & Coleman
900 S. Gay St Ste 800 Riverview Twr
Knoxville, TN 37902-1823
(865)521-3010
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Memphis Light, Gas & Water...
220 So Main Street
Memphis, TN 38103-3917
(901)528-4721
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Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

First Known Occurrence of Parasitic Disease Affecting Trout, Salmon in Tennessee Identified

The first-ever case of Whirling Disease in trout has been discovered in two East Tennessee tailwaters, reports The Chattanoogan. The contagion, a non-native microscopic parasite, has been detected in infected trout collected in the South Holston and Watauga tailwaters in East Tennessee according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA).
 
"So far, there has been no indication of negative impacts of whirling disease in the South Holston and Watauga tailwater trout populations," said Sally Petre, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Trout Biologist. "Although the infected trout were collected in the South Holston and Watauga tailwaters, the more immediate concern is the spread of whirling disease to areas that may be more vulnerable such as wild trout streams."
 
TWRA biologists will be collecting trout in tailwaters across the state and within the South Holston and Watauga watersheds to determine the current distribution of the non-native parasite and the prevalence of whirling disease. Annual routine testing currently indicates that all TWRA hatchery facilities are disease free.
 
There is no known cure for the parasite that causes the condition, so the best way to protect Tennessee's fish population is to prevent it from spreading. While humans, pets and other types of fish are not at risk, Petre says the immediate concern is "the spread of whirling disease to areas that may be more vulnerable such as wild trout streams."
 
Whirling disease in part gets its name due to some infected fish which display a "whirling," or chasing of the tail behavior. Infected fish can also show damage to cartilage and skeletal tissue resulting in deformities in the head and spine. To learn more about the disease and its effect on encroached habitats, click here.
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Nashville Vice Mayor Seeking Attorneys for Mayoral Investigation

The Nashville Metro Council committee formed to investigate potential wrongdoing by Mayor Megan Barry met for the first time this week, and decided its first move should be to hire an attorney, WKRN reports. Vice Mayor David Briley is seeking two attorneys to assist in the investigation. The attorneys must have professional experience in conducting the investigations and have no professional, personal or political conflicts of interest. There will be a preference given for local attorneys, as well as the diversity of the attorney’s firm or practice. Interested parties should contact Vice Mayor David Briley, (615) 880-3357.
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