Unicoi County UT Extension Agents Ty Petty and Rachel York Win Awards


Photo of Rachel York with award
Pictured above from left to right, Tim Cross, chancellor of UTIA; Rachel York, family and consumer sciences and 4-H agent in Unicoi County; and  Robert Burns, dean of UT Extension. Photo by T. Salvador, courtesy UTIA. Download image

Ty Petty, Unicoi County Extension director (shown center in linked image), is the winner of the William Bishop Award. Pictured with Petty are Tim Cross, chancellor of UTIA (left); sons of William Bishop, Daniel and Jack; and Robert Burns, dean of UT Extension (right). 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.”  

Representatives from UT Extension in Unicoi County were named the winners of two awards. 

Extension Director Ty Petty is the winner of the William Bishop Award, named for the former UTIA dean.
Petty has been with UT Extension since 2002 and is noted for multi-county beef cattle production programs, work with vegetable and fruit producers, and his 4-Hers have won national awards for their tech savvy with GPS and GIS systems – creating maps of hiking trails and the layout of a recycling center. 

“I am honored to receive the William Bishop Award,” Petty says. “I enjoy every opportunity to support our local farmers and offer 4-H programs where our students develop life skills that will help them to be successful.”

On a personal note, if Ty challenges you to a game involving a racket or a paddle – consider yourself warned. He’s competed in national championships in table tennis, and recently he and his partner won Gold in a national pickleball tournament. Ty is organizing a pickleball league in the tri-cities.

Family and consumer sciences and 4-H agent Rachel York is the winner of the Bill and Ann Hicks New Extension Worker Award, named for the former Extension dean and his wife. York conducts programs such as “Parenting Apart” and “Canning College.” She’s also active with the Erwin Farmer’s Market and the new Mountain Harvest Community Kitchen. Here she teaches classes on making delicious sourdough bread and jams and jellies.

“I am honored to receive the Bill and Ann Hicks New Extension Worker Award,” York says. “Serving Unicoi County families by providing programs and resources that help build confidence and develop meaningful life skills is an opportunity that I love.”

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

Ty Petty, 423-735-1637, typetty@utk.edu

Rachel York, 4230735-1637, ryork@utk.edu