The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture celebrated the accomplishments of 34 outstanding faculty and staff members at its annual awards and promotions luncheon on Aug. 1.
The honorees hailed from all regions of the state and were recognized with 21 different awards, either individually or as members of an outstanding research, teaching or outreach team.
Among the Middle Tennessee employees honored are:
• Shelly Barnes, Wilson County Family and Consumer Sciences agent. Barnes received the Vernon and Ida Darter Award for outstanding community service projects. Her efforts have included baby sitter training, teaching people to care for their chronic medical conditions, home buyer education, helping parents to be better teachers, and working with Prospect, Inc., a center for adults with developmental disabilities. Gov. Bill Haslam has previously recognized Barnes’ work at Prospect for building a community garden where program participants learn to grow their own food.
• Ruth Correll, director of the Wilson County Extension Office. Correll received the William D. Bishop Award. Presented in memory of Dean Emeritus William D. Bishop, this award recognizes a member of the field force of University of Tennessee Extension who has contributed most to the attainment of Extension objectives.
The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.