Patrick Ray one of two honorees

Patrick Ray, ETREC
Patrick Ray, a Senior Herd Caretaker 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 Senior Herd Caretaker Patrick Ray as a 2014 recipient of UT AgResearch Director’s Awards for Outstanding Support Service. The Center also presented the award to Service Supervisor Bill Lively. The two were honored 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.

Ray is based and lives at the center’s Blount Unit on Singleton Station Road. There he assists with the feeding and overall care of the Center’s Angus herd, which consists of 110 head of cattle. He feeds yearling bulls enrolled in the unit’s on-farm performance test and feeding and finishing steers in the Tennessee Natural Beef Program. The jobs require a keen eye for cattle health and consistent attention to detail, Simpson says. Ray also assists with calving, tagging and processing newborn calves. Ray has been with the Center for 19 years.

"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,