DeKalb County has a new director of the local UT Agricultural Extension Service.
Michael Barry has taken over from longtime director and county agent Steve Officer, who retired from the position effective July 1. Ron Rogers, who also served as a local county extension agent for many years, has also retired.
Barry comes to DeKalb County from the Warren County Extension Office, where he served for fourteen years. He began his career with the extension service in 1994 at White County, before transferring to Warren County three years later.
A native of Whitehouse, Barry attended MTSU where he earned his Bachelor's degree. He then furthered his education at UT-Knoxville where he earned his Masters degree.
He is the father of one son, a 13 year old
As the newest local county extension agent and director, Barry will be working with adult and 4-H agriculture programs. "I am glad to be here in DeKalb County," said Barry. "
Others in the local office are Extension Agent April Martin, who is responsible for family and consumer science areas where she does adult and 4-H work; TNCEPT coordinator Mary Sanders, and Administrative assistant Jo Ellen Huffman.
"If you have any needs with the extension office, give us a call at 597-4945 or stop by our office on Market Street," said Barry.