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Master Gardeners Banquet honors members

The annual Master Gardeners Award Banquet was held recently recognizing deserving members for their hard work during the past year. The local group has 58 members, working to beautify Warren County.
Association president Tina Smock presented the Master Gardener of the Year to Diana Fults, who has been a member since 2005.
“Diana serves as our treasurer, and rarely misses a meeting,” said Smock. “She always has kind words and service with a smile in whatever she does.”
Three members received prestigious Lifetime Member recognition. Virginia Tyson, Betty Grissom and Martha Bell have been active members for 10 consecutive years, and are current with 25 volunteer hours each year. 
Other recognitions include: Master Gardener interns, Ricky Ervin, Ava Gregersen, Addie Lee Fults, Beverly Melton, Beverly Layman, Eda Sanderson and Bill and Saundra Williams;
Five Year Pin recipients, William Studer, Phyllis Hillis and Lamar Womack;
Gold Leaf Volunteers, John Goforth, Diane Bond, Mary Bell, Beverly Melton, Bill and Saundra Williams and Tina Smock.
The local association started in 2001, and has graduated 334 students. Upon graduation, members have monthly classes and are part of the Tennessee Master Gardener Association, which has more than 2,000 members.
They are part of the national organization with more than 80,000 members in the United States. Their purpose is to train citizens as horticulture-educated volunteers of the UT Extension and the Tennessee State Cooperative Extension to work in partnership with their county to spread education outreach by providing home gardeners with research based information.
“It’s my passion to work with these master gardeners, and I’m very proud of the work they do in the county,” said Smock.
To become part of the local group, people first have to graduate from the 12-week Master Gardener class, and do not have to be from Warren County to participate. Following certification, they meet the third Thursday of each month at the Extension office from 6:30 p.m. till 8:30 p.m. For more information, Smock can be contacted at 473-8484. 

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