Director’s Award recognizes support and service


Sam Norment, WTREC
University of Tennessee AgResearch recently honored Sam Norment for his outstanding support service. Norment has worked at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center for eight years. Photo by G. Rowsey, courtesy UTIA.  Download image.

JACKSON, Tenn. – University of Tennessee AgResearch has named Sam Norment a recipient of the 2014 UT AgResearch Director’s Award. This award is a tribute to UT AgResearch employees who exhibit outstanding support service. Norment is a senior maintenance worker at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center (WTREC), a position he’s held since 2006.

WTREC Center Director Bob Hayes applauds Norment’s work ethic, as he is half of a two-person team that maintains the entire infrastructure at WTREC. This includes the mechanical and electrical systems for a large office complex as well as multiple laboratories, residences, farm shops and greenhouses, for a total of 25 buildings.

Norment also assists with the installation and maintenance of irrigation systems in the ornamental research areas. Additionally, he provides security checks for the WTREC campus.

“Sam is a dedicated, dependable employee that will pitch in and help whenever there is a need,” says Hayes. “He replaces the light bulbs, fixes the leaks, unstops the drains, cleans up the spills, paints our offices, and, perhaps most importantly, helps keep us cool in the summer and warm in the winter.”

Hayes also noted Norment’s important role in preparation for field days, plant sales and other special events, as well as his good-natured persona.

“Sam is someone you go to when there is a problem, yet he always has a positive attitude,” says Hayes. “He is truly an asset to the UT Institute of Agriculture.”

Norment is one of four employees that UT AgResearch is honoring for their contributions and service.
Honorees are selected based on their work performance, communication skills and abilities in implementing and reporting research projects. Directors as well as assistant and associate directors of the 10 AgResearch and Education Centers located throughout Tennessee fund the annual awards.

The 10 regional 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.



Bob Hayes, center director, WTREC, 731-425-4769,

Ginger Rowsey, UTIA Marketing Communications, 731-425-4768,