​Melody Teague Rose Is Honored with the TAAA&S-Hicks Award for UT Extension

2016 TAAAS-Hicks Award Winners, UT Extension

Rebekah Norman, UT Extension director for Montgomery County (second from left), and Melody Teague Rose, agriculture agent in Greene County, are two of the three recipients of the UT Extension TAAA&S-Hicks Award for UT Extension. Norman and Rose are shown with Dr. Tim Cross, Dean of UT Extension (left) and Dr. Larry Arrington, UTIA Chancellor. Not shown is Alan Bruhin, with UT Extension Sevier County, the third recipient of the 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.

Agriculture agent Melody Teague Rose with UT Extension in Greene County is one of three statewide winners of the Tennessee Association of Agricultural Agents and Specialists Award. The award is also named for Billy G. Hicks, Dean Emeritus of UT Extension.

Rose has spent 17 years with UT Extension, also working in Washington County in her career. Areas of expertise include home gardening, agritourism, and tobacco production. In fact, she’s earned the nickname “Burley girl” for her knowledge of tobacco.

Rose also leads the Big Spring Master Gardener group in Greeneville. These volunteers have done restoration work to a number of local cemeteries, and also contribute produce to local food banks. Rose provides educational workshops in planting, pruning and grafting, and also instructs others about beekeeping. She has also served as director of the Greene County Fair Board.

“It’s a proud moment when you can stand amongst your peers to be recognized for achievements earned in your professional journey,” Rose says. “The path to success can often begin as a weedy garden, but as you hoe out the weeds with hard work, the garden grows and has the potential for a substantial harvest.”

“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.”

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

Melody Teague Rose, 423-798-1710, mteague@utk.edu