Knox County’s Heather Kyle-Harmon wins Vernon & Ida Darter Award

Heather-Kyle Harmon, UTIA 2016 Darter Award winner
Heather Kyle-Harmon is a family and consumer sciences agent with UT Extension in Knox County. She is the winner of the Institute's 2016 Vernon and Ida Darter Award. Pictured are (left to right) Dr. Tim Cross, Dean of UT Extension; Heather ​Kyle-Harmon; and Dr. Larry Arrington, UTIA Chancellor.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and outreach experts. Thirty-two people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held in early August. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Heather Kyle-Harmon, a family and consumer sciences agent with UT Extension in Knox County, is the winner of the Vernon and Ida Darter Award. The honor is named for the late Extension Dean Emeritus Vernon W. Darter and his wife, the late Ida Darter, and recognizes excellence among the ranks of associate Extension agents.

Kyle-Harmon is involved in a number of FCS programs to improve lives – training day-care workers, teaching co-parenting and personal finance classes, and helping people manage chronic diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes. She also leads the very popular Knox County Canning College, and enjoys canning apple butter and salsa herself at home.

Kyle-Harmon was also recently awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Tennessee Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. She was also recently featured in the UT Alumni magazine representing UT Extension. 

“What an honor to be the recipient of the Vernon and Ida Darter award,” Kyle-Harmon says. “I truly love working with the families of Knox County and my job with UT Extension. What a blessing it is to get to do what you love every day.”

“We are so proud of the many talented and dedicated people working for the UT Institute of Agriculture across the state,” says UTIA Chancellor Larry Arrington. “It was an honor to recognize all these award winners for their hard work.”

Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.



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