KNOXVILLE – The unique stories of how the University of Tennessee System serves the state of Tennessee continue to come to life as part of the “Everywhere you look, UT” tour.
On Aug. 3, UT System President Randy Boyd began a journey to visit more than 50 counties during the next three months to celebrate UT’s impact across Tennessee.
“Everywhere you look, we are making a sizeable impact in the communities we serve,” Boyd said. “I’m looking forward to visiting with our state’s difference-makers and community leaders as we remember the important role our campuses and institutes play in Tennessee.”
Weeks three and four tour stops:
Aug. 20: Montgomery County
- Montgomery County Extension Office
- 8 a.m. CDT – 1030 Cumberland Heights Rd. # A, Clarksville
- Montgomery County Extension serves the residents of Montgomery County with educational programs in the areas of agriculture, family and consumer sciences, community resource development and 4-H youth development.
Aug. 20: Dickson County
- Dickson County Extension Office
- 11 a.m. CDT, 303 Henslee Dr., Dickson
- Dickson County Extension serves the residents of Dickson County with educational programs in the areas of agriculture, family and consumer sciences and 4-H youth development. Extension helps improve people’s lives by addressing problems and issues in Dickson County.
Aug. 20: Stewart County
- Stewart County Farm Bureau
- 1:30 p.m. CDT, 313 Spring St., Dover
- Stewart County Extension serves the residents of Stewart County with educational programs in the areas of agriculture, family and consumer sciences, community resource development and 4-H youth development.
Aug. 24: Crockett County
- Boyd General Store Mural visit
- 9 a.m. CDT, 5 Fruitvale Rd., Fruitvale
- The J.O. Boyd General Merchandise Store in Fruitvale is home to the 18th mural in the Everywhere You Look, UT mural campaign. The historic property is owned by Myrtle Emerson, a relative of UT System President Randy Boyd. Completed in July 2021, the 45-foot mural is visible to an estimated 500 travelers a day.
Aug. 24: Madison County
- West Tennessee AgResearch Center
- 11 a.m. CDT, 605 Airways Blvd., Jackson
- Known for its research on agronomic crops as well as ornamentals, turfgrasses and horticultural crops, the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, established in 1907, is the oldest AgResearch Center in the UT System. Scientists from several University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture departments as well as U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service researchers, along with a capable support staff, conduct more than 100 investigations annually to evaluate new cultivars and test and develop technology for more efficient crop production and a safer and aesthetically pleasing environment.
Aug. 24: Haywood County
- Solar Farm
- 2 p.m. CDT, 1900 Albright Rd., Stanton
- The 5-megawatt West Tennessee Solar Farm is one of the largest solar-generating facilities in the Southeast. It educates the public about solar energy, including the past, present and future of solar within the state. The Solar Farm encourages renewable energy interest and investments across Tennessee and the region, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable energy generation and creating jobs.
Aug. 25: Weakley County
- REED Center
- 8:30 a.m. CDT, 240 S Lindell St., Martin
- The Regional Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Center (REED Center), housing the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, was established to meet the needs of existing and potential business owners through one-on-one consultations and interactive training programs. It serves as a hub of information for prospective entrepreneurs and owners of existing small businesses who need individual consultant services, group training services and associated technical resources. The REED Center offers courses, workshops and training sessions that respond to the needs of small businesses and supports regional economic development.
Aug. 25: Obion County
- UTHSC Dentistry Clinic
- 11:30 CDT, 201 West Main St., Union City
- UTHSC provides opportunities for dental care to Tennessee’s working poor through its dentistry clinic in Union City. The clinic, which is staffed by fourth-year dental students under supervision of faculty, represents UTHSC’s commitment to providing statewide care for the health of the residents of Tennessee.
Aug. 25: Gibson County
- Milan AgResearch Center
- 2 p.m. CDT, 3 Ledbetter Rd., Milan
- The AgResearch and Education Center at Milan was established in 1962 on land obtained from the federal government that was formerly part of the Milan Army Ammunition Plant. More than 100 research projects with corn, cotton, soybeans, grain-sorghum, wheat and cover crops are underway. In the agricultural engineering field, the Milan AgResearch Center has researched new planters and drills, fertilizer placement in no-till, directed sprayers and pesticide movement, as well as precision farming. Together these studies aim to provide Tennessee farmers with data and techniques they can use to achieve more efficient farming operations utilizing methods suited to the region’s unique agronomic conditions.
Aug. 26: Williamson County
- Williamson County Extension Office
- 4 p.m. CDT, 4215 Long Ln., Suite 200, Franklin
- Williamson County Extension serves the residents of Williamson County with educational programs in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, family and consumer sciences, and 4-H youth development.
Aug. 26: Giles County
- UT Southern
- 6:30 p.m. CDT, 433 West Madison St., Pulaski
- As the UT System’s first new campus in more than 50 years, UT Southern (UTS) is the only public four-year institution of higher education between Chattanooga and Memphis along Tennessee’s southern border. Approximately 70 miles south of Nashville and 40 miles north of Huntsville, Alabama, UTS serves a southern middle Tennessee region of 13 counties near the Alabama border.
Aug. 27: Lawrence County
- Southern Tennessee Higher Education Center
- 8:30 a.m. CDT, 169 Southern Tennessee Ln., Lawrenceburg
- The Southern Tennessee Higher Education Center stands as a hub for higher education in the region. The center is the first community-owned, collaborative college campus in Tennessee. A joint venture among Columbia State Community College, Tennessee Technological University and UT Southern, the campus allows students to progress at the campus using both their associate and bachelor’s degrees through the partnerships established by all three participating institutions.
For more information on upcoming visits, please visit everywhere.tennessee.edu/tour. Media wishing to participate in these events must RSVP in advance by contacting Melissa Tindell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Tennessee is a statewide system of higher education with campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Martin, Memphis and Pulaski; the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma; the UT Institute of Agriculture with a presence in every Tennessee county; and the statewide Institute for Public Service. The UT system manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory through its UT-Battelle partnership; enrolls about 50,000 students statewide; produces about 11,000 new graduates every year; and represents more than 400,000 alumni around the world.