Winners of the Transportation Rodeo, an annual event conducted by the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency, have been released with Warren County resident Wayne Rigsby claiming the top prize.
The event was held at the central office of UCHRA in Cookeville with numerous transit drivers from the Upper Cumberland area competing. Rigsby drives a UCarts van and he was behind the wheel of a vehicle that size during competition.
“There are all different types of driving tests they have to do,” said regional county coordinator Carrie Baker. “They have to back in between cones into a tight area. They have to go fast and then stop suddenly. They have to pull up to a certain spot like they’re doing a passenger pick-up. I was one of the judges and it was pretty amazing what some of the drivers could do.”
The on-site obstacle course teaches new or reinforces existing safety procedures. The goal of the rodeo is to provide training to enhance staff performance and to give recognition to staff for a job well done. Prizes were donated by various vendors who partner with UCHRA.
“The purpose is to show how good your drivers are, but to get practice also,” said Baker. “Congratulations Wayne on a job well done.”
By virtue of winning the region, Rigsby advanced to the State Rodeo held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Tennessee Public Transportation Association which was held in Chattanooga in October. There were 24 drivers in his division and he wasn’t able to place.