​Milan employee among this year's honorees


Judy Grimes, UT West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, Milan

West Tennessee Agricultural Museum guide Judy Grimes shows the plaque she received honoring her as a 2014 recipient of the UT AgResearch Director’s Award for Outstanding Support Service. She is one of four employees honored statewide for their contributions to the research mission of the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image.

MILAN, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Milan has honored Judy Grimes, a guide at the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, as the 2014 recipient of the UT AgResearch Director’s Award for Outstanding Support Service.

Judy’s job is multi-faceted and includes serving as a guide through the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum for many tour groups, both young and old, who visit the museum throughout the year,” says center director Blake Brown.

“Judy does a great job in dealing with many different types of people, and even though she is quiet and unassuming by nature, she interacts with visitors and makes the museum tour applicable to them.”

In addition to her museum guiding responsibilities, Grimes does many other things at the museum. She works on updating displays, schedules meeting and tour groups, provides support for meetings and helps to maintain the museum grounds and the grounds around the center’s office. Brown says Grimes is also a tremendous asset at the two large events held at the center — the UT Milan No-Till Field Day and the Fall Folklore Jamboree.

Grimes is one of four employees that the UT AgResearch statewide system is honoring this year for professionalism and exceptional contributions to the university’s diverse agricultural research programs.

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.

“These awards are very important to the center directors because they allow us to recognize the outstanding work that our employees do every day in support of the research programs of all faculty who work on the centers,” Brown says. 

A panel of three directors selects 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,” Brown adds.

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.


Contact: Blake Brown, 731-686-7362, bbrown12@tennessee.edu