​Justin Thomas Is the Statewide Winner of the Bill & Ann Hicks Outstanding New Extension Worker Award


Justin Thomas, UT Extension, center

Justin Thomas (center) with UT Extension in Family and Consumer Sciences in Bradley County is the statewide winner of the Bill and Ann Hicks Outstanding New Extension Worker Award. Also shown are Dr. Tim Cross, Dean of UT Extension (left), 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.


Justin Thomas with UT Extension in Family and Consumer Sciences in Bradley County is the statewide winner of the Bill and Ann Hicks Outstanding New Extension Worker Award. Thomas has been an FCS agent in Bradley County since the beginning of the year. He worked for UT Extension in Roane County from 2012 to 2015. The award is made possible by the generosity of UT Extension Dean Emeritus Billy G. Hicks and his wife Ann. It goes to an agent with less than five years of service.

Thomas leads programs such as Bradley Walks and Tennessee Saves, as well as co-parenting classes. In Roane County, he also directed Take Charge of Your Diabetes, and made cooking videos for local cable stations titled “Sugar-Free with Justin T.” Also in Roane County, Thomas served as interim director, and oversaw the renovation of a building where the county office for UT Extension is now headquartered.

“I’m very honored to receive the Hicks New Extension Award. It is a validation of hard work and impact on Tennessee families,” Thomas says. “I’m humbled by this award, and hope to continue making an impact by serving Tennesseans for years to come.”
 
“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. ag.tennessee.edu

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Contacts:

Charles Denney, 865-382-8058 (mobile), cmdenney@utk.edu

Justin Thomas, 423-728-7001, jthom120@utk.edu