JULY 14, 2017
A FAMILY TRADITION
THREE GENERATIONS OF FAMILY WITH TIFTON ROOTS
ATTEND UGA COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
Tifton native and patriarch of a
South Georgia family, is said to be the longest-serving,
unofficial recruiter for the
University of Georgia's College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).
In the new edition of Southscapes magazine, published for alumni and friends of
UGA's CAES, Tyson and three generations of his family -- all of whom have attended CAES -- are profiled.
Photo by Dennis McDaniel/Southscapes
Willie Tyson speaks with his granddaughter, Samantha Strickland, about the cattle on his Perry farm.
Tyson received his degree in
agricultural engineering in 1957. He grew up on a Tifton farm and attended Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College before transferring to UGA. He devoted his career to the U.S. Air Force, spending most of it in personnel management where his
CAES recruitment efforts began.
"I convinced the Air Force there are lots of good people coming out of the
ag college, that the best engineers coming out of Georgia were in Athens," he told the magazine.
There are many agricultural engineers working at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins as a result of Tyson's efforts.
He never pushed his children into CAES, they said, but Tyson had influence. He first learned of his son, Tony Tyson's (B.S., agricultural engineering, '79; M.S., agricultural engineering, '80) interest in pursuing a CAES degree in the local newspaper.
"When Tony got some scholarships in high school ... someone interviewed him, and I read that in the newspaper," Willie Tyson said. "That's the first I learned he wanted to go into
Willie Tyson was always open to sharing his knowledge and CAES experiences with his children and their friends.
"When they were trying to decide what they wanted to do, I talked to them and other young people," he said. "We'd have cookouts, and they'd ask questions about the college. I saw several of them go to the
UGA college of ag."
Tony Tyson went on to work for the college, spending nearly 40 years in the UGA Cooperative Extension, including a year at the
Tifton Coastal Plain Experiment Station.
Tony's younger sister, Jody Tyson Strickland (B.S., agricultural engineering, '86), came to CAES undecided on a major. She knew her father and brother had good experiences, but she was interested in all aspects of agriculture. Her father
encouraged her to major in agricultural engineering.
Strickland is currently vice president of F&W Forestry Services. She married another UGA agricultural engineer, Edmond Strickland. Tony Tyson and Jody Strickland's sister, Betsy Tyson Flanders, is married to Reuben Flanders, another CAES alumnus.
Tony Tyson's son, Nathan, graduated from the CAES program in 2010. All three of Jody Strickland's children also graduated from CAES --
Tyson Strickland, Morgan Strickland Grizzle and Samantha Strickland.
According to the article in
, Willie Tyson continues to
recruit students. He serves on the board of his county
Farm Bureau in
Perry and still encourages students to consider
agriculture careers. He said
he hopes that he has set an example.
LOCAL KIDS ATTEND SUMMER CAMP TUTORING AT
The beginning of the public school year is still more than
two weeks away, but some Tifton children are getting an early start.
The South Tifton Learning Center (STLC) on Dorminey Street has been holding the
Lester Summer Camp.
a non-profit community-based organization providing reading and math tutoring to students in grades pre-K through eighth.
Melanie Lester founded STLC in 2000.
The organization provides mentoring, youth leadership training and other resources to improve student academic performance.
To be part of the program, a student must maintain honor or merit roll status.
SYLVESTER CADET COMPLETES D.C. INTERNSHIP
of Sylvester, a West Point cadet, recently
completed a three-week internship in the Washington, D.C., office of Congressman Austin Scott, R-Tifton.
"I had the honor of nominating Cadet Griffin to the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., and it has been a pleasure having him in our D.C. office helping our legislative staff, giving constituent tours, attending briefings and speaking with constituents," Scott said.
Griffin said he is "grateful for the opportunity to personally experience and participate in the daily operations of the
federal government. I gained valuable knowledge regarding how
Congress operates and how it impacts me as a future second lieutenant. Experiencing our nation's capital for the first time was also a surreal experience."
Griffin is a law and legal studies major at West Point.
Photo: Griffin, left, with Scott at the Capitol.
TIFTON-TIFT COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
622 N. Tift Ave., Tifton
GA POWER DONATES TO EDUCATION
Georgia Power Co., which has has been a major supporter of the Tift County Foundation for Educational Excellence for many years, recently awarded the education group a $1,000 check from the Georgia Power Foundation.
The education foundation supports students and teachers in the Tift County public schools though funding various initiatives and recognizing top teachers in the school system.
Several current and former education foundation board members gathered for the check presentation along with Executive Director Mike Brumby. From left in the photo above are Brumby, Frank Sayles Jr.,
Charleston Carter, Shaundra Clark, Lynn Lovett, Kaylar Howard, Jonathan Jones and Bret Wagenhorst.
UGA TIFTON'S NEW FRUIT PATHOLOGIST TO FOCUS
ON DISEASES OF PERENNIAL FRUIT CROPS
Georgia has a tremendous array of
commodities just in
fruits. That's one of the reasons I am excited about working here," Oliver said. "We have established fruits, like
blueberries, and up-and-coming fruits, like
citrus, that should only continue to grow in popularity. Hopefully, I can help our
farmers continue to be as successful as they have been."
Georgia is a
national leader in
blueberry production. Georgia blueberries were valued at more than
$255.7 million in 2015, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development's farm gate value report.
Oliver previously worked at
Auburn University, where he studied the cause of bacterial leaf scorch in
blueberries. He coordinated some of his research with UGA Cooperative Extension county agents in Georgia and hopes to continue those studies in his new role at UGA.
In his new role at UGA, Oliver will also help the
citrus industry continue to expand in Georgia. More than
150 acres of
satsuma oranges -- potentially more than
21,750 new citrus trees -- have been planted in
South Georgia in the past four years.
Oliver is researching
citrus greening, a bacterial disease that has wiped out a number of trees in
Florida. The disease, spread by an
insect that has been found in
South Georgia, is the largest threat to citrus production worldwide, Oliver said. While citrus greening has only been found in Georgia's coastal counties, Oliver wants to be proactive in keeping Extension county agents updated on its progression.
REP. SCOTT NAMES CHIEF OF STAFF
Austin Scott, a Republican from
Tifton, has named a
gun lobbyist as his
chief of staff, according to
LegiStorm,a non-profit online congressional tacking site.
Jason Lawrence had worked as a federal liaison to the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action, the NRA's lobbying arm, since 2015. The NRA has given Scott, a lifetime member of the advocacy group, a 93 percent rating last year for his positions on gun issues.
Lawrence previously worked for other current and past members of Congress, including Rep.
Tom Graves and Sen.
Lawrence is a graduate of
Georgia Southern University.
..at a Glance
- GRPA B&C State Swim Meet, 8 a.m., Tift County Recreation Pool, Tifton
- One Street at a Time Clean-up, 7:30 a.m., Copeland Park, corner of Southern Avenue and Doc Melton Sr. Drive, Tifton
- GRPA B&C State Swim Meet, 8 a.m., Tift County Recreation Pool, Tifton
- Irwin County Farmers Market, 8 a.m., 5th Street, Ocilla
- Wiregrass Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, Ga. Museum of Agriculture, Tifton
- Sylvester Farmers Market, 9 a.m.-Noon, downtown train depot, Sylvester
- "Beautiful Wood to Beautiful Art" Opening Exhibit Reception, 6-8:30 p.m., Tifton Museum of Arts and Heritage, Tifton
Wilma Jewell Hamilton Harbin, 87, Tifton
Jo Francine McCall, 83, Nashville
Marion Diane Towler Revels, 66, Fitzgerald
Walter Darrell Wiggins, 60, Adel
Freida Rowan, 76, Lakeland
Wanda Sue Bowen Bruner, 63, Sparks
Lois Coker, Lutz, Fla.
James Curtis Pearman, 87, Chula
Easy Lee Siler, 69, Fitzgera
Barry Purvis, 63, Adel
Christine Adams Lovette, 97, Plains, formerly of Tifton
Charles Rowe, 57, Nashville
Sandra Annette Ring, 78, Quitman
Georgia Mae Huckaby, 93, Fitzgerald
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