Terri Orr new agent at UT Ag office

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Agricultural Extension Service is pleased to welcome its new agent, Terri Orr.

She's filling a position that's been vacant for nearly a year. It's the one that deals with family and consumer science. Her predecessor was Michelle Ashley, who went on to be supervisor of coordinated school health for the Marshall County school system.

Not everyone at the extension office comes from a farming background. Orr's hometown is Sparta, where her father was a policeman and her mother was a teacher. Now they're "retired and enjoying it." Her younger sister is a student at Tennessee Technological University.

Orr graduated from Tennessee Tech in 2007 with a degree in nutrition, and later got her teaching certificate for family and consumer science. She wanted to work for the Extension Service, and her college professors urged her to apply. She got the job and moved to Lewisburg at the end of June and is still learning her way around.

"I've met a lot of nice people in Marshall County," she said.

Once school starts, she'll be focusing on nutrition education, and financial education. She'll also be helping with 4-H. There will be a new agent for the 4-H program as well, who should be arriving in the next few weeks.

The 26-year-old likes being active outdoors and traveling, especially to the beach - any beach where it's warm.