Sevier County’s Glenn Turner Is One of Three Winners of the Charles and Julie Wharton Award



2017 Wharton Award Winners

The Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievements recognizes winners in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H, and includes an agent from each region of Tennessee. Shown are the 2017 award winners, from left to right, Mitchell Mote, Central Region; Sarah Poole, Western  Region; and Glenn Turner, Eastern Region. Along with the winners in the back row are UTIA Chancellor Tim Cross (left) and interim Dean of UT Extension Delton Gerloff. Photo courtesy UTIA.​

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recently presented several awards to top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts. More than two dozen people were recognized at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville July 28, 2017. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Glenn Turner, a 4-H agent in Sevier County, is one of three winners of the Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievements. The award recognizes winners in agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H, and includes an agent from each region of Tennessee.

“I am honored to be recognized with the Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievements,” Turner says. I have been blessed to be a part of the Extension family for over 32 years, hopefully impacting the lives of young people through the 4-H program. I am thankful to the Wharton family for providing this recognition.”

Perhaps no employee at the UT Institute of Agriculture had a greater impact on his community than Turner this past year. On November 28, 2016, wildfires all but destroyed Gatlinburg. There were 17,000 acres burned, 25-hundred homes and businesses destroyed, nearly 200 injuries, and fourteen people lost their lives, including two young girls who were 4-Hers.

Turner organized a relief effort that raised more than $90,000 in donations and gift cards for 4-Hers and their families who lost their homes. Spread by word of mouth and social media, donations poured in from 36 states, and each affected family received an average donation of nearly $1,500. Turner also saw to it that each 4-H’er received a personal visit, a backpack of school supplies, clothing and a 4-H stuffed animal.

“We just wanted those kids to know your 4-H family is thinking about you,” Turner says.

Turner oversees a 4-H program with nearly 5,000 youth and 400 volunteers, and has coached national and state winners in public speaking. His 4-Hers have collected coats for the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministry, cooked for a local food bank, and gathered dental supplies for the “Miles for Smiles” program. Away from work, Turner is active with First Baptist Church of Sevierville and the Sevierville Sunrise Rotary.

UTIA Chancellor Dr. Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The people at the UT Institute of Agriculture word hard every day to deliver real life solutions to our many stakeholders,” Cross says. “Recognition of the outstanding work by our award winners inspires all of us to strive for excellence and make a difference in the lives of Tennesseans.”
 
This award is made possible by Charles Wharton and his late wife Julie. Mr. and Mrs. Wharton have been generous supporters of UTIA and the UT College of Veterinary Medicine through their financial gifts. The other winners of this award are agricultural agent Mitchell Mote of Rutherford County and Sarah Poole, Family and Consumer Sciences agent for Crockett County.

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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Contact: 

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

Glenn Turner, 865-453-3695, gturner2@utk.edu