Summer 2022

In this Good Food issue of Our Tennessee, we celebrate food and drink for the times when strangers gather around tables to break bread and drink wine, then leave as friends, with memories made.

Through the ages, there always have been a breed of humans cultivating the soil, bending over hearths and ovens, crushing grapes and distilling corn and rye. The University of Tennessee System and our alumni play many different roles in this food and beverage chain. This issue provides only the smallest sampling of those who work the fields, smoke the ham and flip the hamburgers.

Power T branded burgers

A Full Plate

UTIA works to nourish the nation through its involvement with farmers and businesses all while completing research in animal, plant…

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Microbes illustrated by Annie Bakst.

Safety Check

One UTC professor is working to speed up the time it takes to test food products and save people from…

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Allen Benton

The King of Country Ham

By following a gut feeling and fueling it with hard work and passion, one UT Knoxville alumnus has successfully been…

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Ah-Ha Moments

A CIS resource consultant had a light bulb turn on, or maybe off, when he realized the amount of energy…

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Kitchen 218 owners Jake and Michelle Pfeiffer pose outside their new restaurant in downtown Pulaski.

Middle of Somewhere

It’s more than a restaurant start-up story. It’s a passion for a hometown and a desire to see it revitalized.

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Camille James, Ernest Trice, Regina Dowell and Karen King.

Digging In

A community that grows produce together, stays together. At least this is how it is going for the residents of…

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A pair of hands holding peanuts.

Going Nuts

What do you think of when you hear food allergy? Peanuts. One UT Martin alumna is working to combat the…

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A mountain view of Sweetens Cove golfcourse

Born of a Ritual

Tennessee and Kentucky may not always go hand in hand, but for a glass of bourbon that tastes like sweet…

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Faculty, staff and students await lunches prepared by students in the culinary institute.

Full Circle at the Food Truck

UT Knoxville undergrads participate in the real-world experience provided by the Culinary Institute of Knoxville.

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David Golden is a Herbert College of Agriculture professor of food microbiology.

What’s in a Date?

A professor of food microbiology reveals the facts and myths behind ‘sell by’ and ‘use by’ dates.

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UT Alumni Association Logo

UTAA Presents Awards to Top Faculty, Staff

Each year, the UT Alumni Association recognizes outstanding faculty and staff for their work.

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Tennessee Agriculture

From the rolling mountains in the East to the fertile delta in the West, Tennessee contributes to the feeding of…

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A student takes inventory of the incoming goods while setting up the Big Orange Pantry in 2020.

Philanthropy in the Pantry

What if the stereotype “broke college student” described your life? This is the case far too often for many struggling…

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Randy Boyd with ROTC students.

In-State Tuition Offered for Military- Affiliated Students

Military-affiliated students will soon be able to attend a UT institution of choice at the in-state tuition rate, thanks to…

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Members of the Tombras family alongside Chancellor Donde Plowman, Dean Joseph Mazer and Director Beth Avery Foster


The UT Knoxville Haslam College of Business received a $3 million gift from the Boyd Foundation to create professorships and…

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Chattanooga Council Representative Demetrus Coonrod.

City Council Member Earns UTC Degree

Ten years and two Chattanooga City Council elections after she enrolled, Demetrus Coonrod graduated from the UT Chattanooga.

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Family and friends attend the first UT Southern graduation in May.

First Commencement Celebrated

On May 7, 155 students became the first UT Southern graduates.

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An artistic rendering of UT Martin’s TEST Hub

TEST Hub Approved

The Tennessee General Assembly approved $18 million in a budget appropriations amendment to completely fund UT Martin’s proposed Tennessee Entrepreneurial…

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UT System President Randy Boyd, UTHSC College of Dentistry professor Jerry McKinney, UTHSC College of Dentistry Dean James Ragain, UTHSC College of Dentistry Professor Alicia Long, and UTK Chancellor Donde Plowman.

Extending Dental Care

The College of Dentistry at UTHSC, with assistance from UT Knoxville, held its first dental education course in East Tennessee.

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Lone Oaks Farm

Ford Partners with UTIA on Lone Oaks Farm

Ford Motor Company and UTIA announced a historic agreement that will propel economic development, education and conservation throughout the Mid-South.

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TGPI participants take part in a teambuilding exercise during a session at UT Martin.

Institute Strengthens Leadership Skills of State Employees

The Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership with the Tennessee Department of Human Resources create their newest program, the Tennessee Government…

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