"What a wonderful time Miriam and I had at the 16th annual Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Saturday morning onboard the General Jackson in Nashville. I was honored to receive the first Wade Bourne Outdoor Communicator of the Year award. So glad my son, Jason, and daughter-in-law, Valerie, and Wade's wife, Becky, and son, Hampton, could attend. Great job by Garry Mason, his family and board of directors. I am humbled to receive this award that honors the memory of a person who meant so much to my career and a Christian man who touched so many lives. It was good to see several of our TOWA and SEOPA friends and to see SEOPA executive director Lisa Snuggs inducted into the Hall of Fame. Congratulations to all of the Class of 2017 inductees and to Joey Monteleone for being named Tennessee's outdoor comnunicator of the year."