FCS Agent June Puett of Hamilton County Is One of Three Statewide Winners of the Wharton Award



2018 UTIA Wharton Award Winners
Pictured above are the 2018 UTIA Wharton Award winners with UTIA leaders and Charles Wharton, from left to right: Tim Cross, chancellor of UTIA; Calvin Bryant, Extension agent in Lawrence County; Kathy Finley, Extension agent in Robertson County; June Puett, Extension agent in Hamilton County; Charles Wharton, UTIA donor and former member of the UT Board of Trustees; and Robert Burns, dean of UT Extension. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA. Download image​


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture recognized some of its top faculty, staff, researchers and extension experts at UTIA’s annual Awards and Promotions Luncheon held on the UTIA campus in Knoxville August 17, 2018. Many of the awards are gifts made possible by past faculty, alumni and friends of the Institute.

Chancellor Tim Cross hosted the award winners, and praised them for their work. “The people we recognized at our ceremony exemplify the Institute of Agriculture’s commitment to our mission of providing real life solutions through teaching, discovery and service on campus – throughout Tennessee and across the world,” Cross says. “Their hard work and dedication inspires all of us to be our best.”  

June Puett, a family and consumer sciences agent in Hamilton 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.

Puett is approaching 40 years of service with UT Extension, also working in Marion County in her career. She is one of the founders of Tennessee Saves, an effort to motivate people to keep more of what they earn. Puett has worked with more than 30,000 people here, and they set savings and debt reduction goals topping $3 million. 

Puett also coordinates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, where volunteer tax preparers helped 5,000 people find $6 million in returns on their income taxes. She also collaborated on a program to help low-income families in Chattanooga find adequate and affordable housing.

“While recognition from administrators and peers is rewarding, the feedback from the donors outside the University system is especially poignant,” Puett says. “The sponsor for my award said it was his belief in Extension and the difference we make that caused him to support the program. That’s motivation for me to continue to give my best.” 
 
The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture celebrates 50 years of excellence in providing Real. Life. Solutions. Through teaching, discovery and service. ag.tennessee.edu​.

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Contacts: 

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

June Puett, 423-855-6113, jpuett1@utk.edu