John Sevier Range
The John Sevier Range in Knoxville has been in northern Knox County for over a hundred years. The 123-acre facility is known as the home of the Volunteer Rifle and Pistol Club and the Smoky Mountains Archery Club. The John Sevier Range can accommodate about any shooter's desire. Ranges are open only when a Range Safety Officer is present. The range is open daily except for about 15 days when the Tennessee National Guard needs it. The actual owner of the property is the Department of Defense, which leases it to the National Guard. But, the guard uses two other ranges most of the time.
The new John Sevier Hunter Education Center opened in January 2000. The Center is managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency for public shooting: rifles, handguns, archery, and shotgun (skeet,trap and 5-stand sporting clay). Also, Hunter Education classes are available. A Women in the Outdoors workshop is scheduled for July 14, 2001, at the John Sevier Range in Knoxville, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). Women in the Outdoors, a program of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), is dedicated to providing interactive educational outdoor opportunities for women ages 14 and older.
John Sevier was the second governor of Tennessee - 1796-1801 and 1803-1809. Born in Virginia in 1745, Sevier as a young man was a successful merchant. Coming to a new settlement on the Holston River in 1773, he was one of the first white settlers of Tennessee. He was elected governor of the state of Franklin at the end of the Revolutionary War, and as such became the first governor in what would be Tennessee. When statehood was attained in 1796, Sevier was elected its first governor. He served six terms totaling twelve years. While governor he negotiated with the Indian tribes to secure additional lands for the new state and opened new roads into the area to encourage settlement. At the close of his sixth term he was elected to the state Senate, and then to Congress. Sevier died while on a congressional mission to Creek Indian country in 1815.
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