USDA boosts WestStar program
Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 7:00 pm
WESTSTAR RECEIVES $20,000 FROM USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT – Leaders from West Tennessee and the WestStar Leadership Program joined Jan. 5 to celebrate the incoming 2012 WestStar class at its first orientation. Bobby Goode, USDA Rural Development state director, presented WestStar with a $20,000 check on behalf of USDA Rural Development, which has consistently been a strong supporter of WestStar in the past. WestStar helps local leaders of West Tennessee to take responsibility for the growth and development of their communities, counties and state. On hand for the donation presentation were (from left), Virginia Grimes, coordinator, WestStar Leadership; Harriet Cannon, area director, USDA Rural Development; Bobby Goode; Dale Hendon, field representative, Congressman Stephen Fincher; Dr. Tom Rakes, chancellor, UT Martin; Matt Varino, field representative, Sen.Lamar Alexander; Van Wylie, rural business specialist, USDA Rural Development; state Rep. Bill Sanderson, District 77; Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Julius Johnson; (back) Jerry Brigance, retired, USDA Rural Development; Roe Hughes, student trainee; and Charley Deal, executive director, WestStar.