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Smith explains Extension request

Smith explains Extension request

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 6:24 pm

Local University of Tennessee Extension office director Tim Smith may have come up with a way to keep Adam McCall working as a local extension agent.
State funding cuts have forced many extension offices statewide to cut staff positions.
McCall’s position was going to be one of the casualties of state budget cuts, that is until Smith came up with a proposal that will save McCall’s job.
Smith’s solution to the problem is to share McCall’s job between Obion, Dyer and Gibson counties, with each county paying $11,400 each to keep the position filled.
The proposal has been presented and approved by the University of Tennessee and is now in the hands of county officials in each of the three counties.
Smith made his request to the local budget committee Monday morning, and the request will be presented to the Obion County Commission at its meeting set for 9 a.m. April 18 at the Obion County Courthouse.
Funding from each of the three counties will be necessary to keep the position filled, with an additional $7,300 coming from the County Standardized Testing Program, according to Smith.
His proposal already has the support of several county commissioners who are also farmers and recognize the importance of McCall’s work.
He would share his time between the three counties but would maintain an office in Union City and will report directly to Smith.
Smith told the budget committee Monday that county officials in Gibson and Dyer counties have already approved the arrangement and funding for the position.
The extension agent’s position is primarily responsible for managing the 4-H livestock programs in the three counties and also helps conduct row crop demonstrations with the CST Program.
Funding for the extension agent’s position will come up for consideration at the county commission’s April 18 meeting. The budget committee will also consider the local Extension Office’s complete budget during its budget hearing process.
Published in The Messenger 4.6.11

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