Stewart County’s Joe Griffy wins the Alice Ann Moore Outstanding 4-H Agent Award 

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.

Joe Griffy, director of UT Extension in Stewart County, is the winner of the Alice Ann Moore Outstanding 4-H Agent Award. 

Griffy’s 4-H’ers and adult volunteers performed nearly 500 hours of volunteer service last year. They did community cleanup projects and landscaping work, conducted holiday toy drives, and even built birdhouses and held fishing rodeos for youth. 

Griffy is also active with 4-H OWLS camp each summer on Kentucky Lake. Here OWLS stands for Outdoor, Wildlife, Leadership and Service, and children learn about nature and protecting our environment. Griffy is also praised for being part of UT Extension’s mentoring program for fellow agents.

“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.”

The honor is made possible by Alice Ann Moore, the former state director for Tennessee 4-H who served UTIA more than 30 years. Moore is also an honorary member of the Tennessee 4-H Foundation, and was a 4-H’er herself growing up in Crockett County.

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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Joe Griffy, 931-232- 5682,​