Pat and Nancy Bagley

It is a unique opportunity to be involved with this station and it is an investment in this area. There are some really great people around here (at WCTE) and it is delightful working with them.

Before Pat and Nancy Bagley moved to Cookeville from Texas, they traveled through the Upper Cumberland on business trips. The couple and their two daughters would stop at the Caney Fork Rest Area and take in the scenery. The beauty of the region touched and inspired the Bagleys.

In 2007, Pat accepted the position of Dean of Agriculture and Human Sciences at Tennessee Tech. Leaving their two grown daughters behind in Texas, he and Nancy moved to Tennessee. Pat and Nancy discovered WCTE soon after they moved here, and within days, Pat contacted the station about initiating programming from a university standpoint dealing with topics like rural health and economic development issues.

“The Live Green and Prosper program is my favorite,” said Pat. “The average tomato travels 1500 miles from the time it is grown to the time it is consumed. Why not grow locally and support local agriculture?”

When it comes to supporting local agriculture, Pat practices what he preaches. His TTU Agricultural Department has a complete organic farm that provides all the vegetables for Chartwells, the catering service on TTU campus. Waste from the food consumed is used as organic fertilizer on the farm and the entire process starts over again.

In the near future his department will provide beef and pork for the campus.

As an employee for Tennessee Early Intervention, Nancy visits families in their homes to help them with child development issues. Child development programs on WCTE are important to her and play an important role in the lives of the families that she helps.

“A lot of the families that I visit - their children watch these shows too,” said Nancy. “The homebound community really benefits from all the shows as well.”

According to Nancy, public broadcasting has always been a favorite in her household even when she was still living at home and going to school. She states that her dad is a fan of the Lawrence Welk show and still loves to watch it today.

Both of the Bagleys are looking forward to the Great TV Auction in the spring of 2010 as well as new Live Green Tennessee productions scheduled for next year. The amount of support given to WCTE during their pledge drives from the community is what impresses them the most.

“It is a unique opportunity to be involved with this station and it is an investment in this area,” said Pat. “There are some really great people around here (at WCTE) and it is delightful working with them.”

Story by Rima Austin

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