Bill Lively is one of two honorees

Bill Lively, ETREC
Bill Lively, a Service Supervisor IV with UT's East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, was honored as one of two center employees receiving a Director's Award for Outstanding Support Service. Photo courtesy UTIA.  Download image.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, headquartered on Alcoa Highway, is honoring Service Supervisor IV Bill Lively as a 2014 recipient of UT AgResearch Director’s Awards for Outstanding Support Service. Also honored was Senior Herd Caretaker Patrick Ray. The two were recognized with the state-level awards at the Center’s annual Staff Appreciation Day.

Directors and assistant and associate directors of 10 AgResearch and Education Centers located throughout Tennessee fund the annual awards. The Centers and AgResearch system are units of the UT Institute of Agriculture.

Lively is based at the Center’s Organic Crops Unit located just off John Sevier Highway. There he is responsible for ensuring that all crop seeds and inputs meet the guidelines of the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Organic Program and the Organic Materials Review Institute.

Center Director Bobby Simpson praised Lively’s skill in maintaining vitally important farm equipment and the wide-ranging support he provides for the center’s public events, called field days, and the Institute of Agriculture’s annual Ag Day celebration for community members and alumni. Lively is a 25-year employee.

“Bill and Patrick well deserve these awards,” Simpson says. “Each is vital to the programs of the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, exemplifying what the Director’s Award is all about, with quiet, behind-the-scenes ‘get the job done’ approaches to their work, day in and day out.”

A panel of three directors across Tennessee select award honorees based on their work performance, communication skills and abilities in implementing and reporting research projects. Through the quality of their contributions, these individuals are judged central to the research missions at their centers.

The 10 regional UT AgResearch and Education Centers are outdoor laboratories operated by UT AgResearch, a unit of the UT Institute of Agriculture. In addition to its agricultural research programs, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



Dr. Bobby Simpson, East Tennessee Center Director, 865-974-7201,