Land Dedicated In Cannon County

The U.S. Department of Justice has conveyed to the State of Tennessee approximately 1000 acres of undeveloped land on Short Mountain in Cannon County.
The land, located in Woodbury, will be managed by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and known as the Headwaters Wildlife Management Area. As a critical habitat for plant and animal species and containing the headwaters for three Tennessee watersheds, the land will be open to the public for small game hunting, hiking, and wildlife viewing. The Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division coordinated the transfer.
This land was forfeited to the United States as part of the 2007 federal criminal convictions of Morris Roller and Jeffory Carl Young for distribution of marijuana. The transfer was made under a law that allows the Justice Department to convey forfeited property to states for public use for recreation or conservation purposes. The federal criminal investigation leading to the forfeiture of this property was assisted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission; Warren County Sheriff’s Department; Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department; and Chattanooga Police Department.
A dedication ceremony for the land took place yesterday. (June 13, 2012)