Crockett County’s Sarah Poole is one of three statewide winners of the Charles and Julie Wharton Award


UTIA Wharton Award winners, 2017

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.

Sarah Poole, an agent in Family and Consumer Sciences in Crockett 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 truly humbled to receive the Charles and Julie Wharton Award for Outstanding Extension Achievement, and appreciate the Wharton family for making this possible,” Poole says. “Being able to provide quality programming to the people of Crockett County is a blessing, and I am thankful for all the support I receive from my office staff and the residents of Crockett County.”

Poole is one of the West Tennessee UT Extension representatives working with the Governor’s “Healthier Tennessee” program. She has been an enthusiastic leader of this effort – taking the message about healthy living to schools, churches and work sites. Related programs include “Walking Wednesdays,” with more than 300 people improving their fitness a step at a time. She also coordinated “Healthy U” where Crockett County teachers and school employees logged nearly 90-thousand minutes of exercise, and dropped a combined 400 pounds. Largely because of her efforts, Crockett County received a financial grant from the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.

Poole also serves as a mentor to other UT Extension agents, and was recently named “Mentor of the Year” for the Western Region. Poole’s father Bill Wyatt was a long-time agent in Jackson, and her sister Katie Dees is the FCS agent for Hardeman County.

Away from work, Poole is involved with her church as Sunday school superintendent and teacher, and the 15th Review club, a community group that raises money for St. Jude’s Hospital.

Poole is also know to display “diva-like” behavior. She is one of UT Extension’s famous “kitchen divas,” agents who put on fun and popular cooking demonstrations.

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 Mitchell Mote, Agricultural Agent for Rutherford County, and 4-H agent Glenn Turner of Sevier 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

Sarah Poole, 731-696-2421, swyatt@utk.edu​