Savage Gulf park ranger honored by Tennessee association

photo Park Ranger George Shinn, center, Sally Hubbard, left, and Mary Priestley, look over "Hike 'Em All at South Cumberland," a new guide to trails in the park.

George Shinn, now the only ranger covering the 15,590-acre Savage Gulf State Natural Area, has been named park ranger of the year by the Tennessee Park Rangers Association.

Shinn, a South Cumberland State Park ranger for 13 years, is stationed at Savage Gulf, which is in Grundy and Sequatchie counties and is one of 10 parks that make up South Cumberland.

"Ranger George Shinn works in a very large and complex park," park manager John Christof said in a news release. "Many park managers in the Tennessee State Park system are responsible for parks much smaller than the area of the one he is assigned to and have more help."