Ellie Lenhart grew up in Chesterfield County Virginia and went to Virginia Commonwealth University (B.S. Education, M.ED Administration) and William and Mary (Doctoral study). She met her husband Mike at a party two days before Christmas in 1988.
“We were each with a different set of friends. Luckily the only available seats put us side by side. That was a great Christmas for me!”
Mike, who is a cardiologist, and Ellie, who has her own interior design business (Lenhart Design Company), raised their family in Cookeville for 17 years.
“Mike and I have three great daughters. Kate is the oldest (21) and is a senior at Centre College in Danville, KY - the same school that recently hosted the Vice-Presidential Debate! Beccah (20) is a junior at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. Annie is the youngest (17) and is a junior at Abingdon High School. In addition to these human family members, we have a Yorkie named Brutus and a Tuxedo cat named Aggy. They are probably more spoiled than the girls!
Recently Mike, Ellie, Annie, Brutus and Aggy moved to Abingdon VA, about 17 miles north of Bristol TN. Ellie still travels back to Cookeville regularly on design business.
“There are many great things about Cookeville and the Upper Cumberland. I had the opportunity to meet and interact with many interesting, talented, and genuinely kind people. There are so many folks I miss seeing.”
Ellie first found out about WCTE when they moved to Cookeville 17 years ago.
“I have been a part of the Great TV Auction and was interviewed for a spot about living green for Live Green Tennessee. Additionally, I helped with the design of a new set and am currently helping with the design of new WCTE space downtown. Exciting!”
“Without WCTE there wouldn’t be anything worth watching on television. OK, maybe that was an exaggeration, but the programs about our community and our state are excellent. I especially enjoy Tennessee Crossroads, Live Green Tennessee and I loved the documentary produced by Todd Jarrell – Tuba U: Basso Profundo.”
“Having a public television station like WCTE is an amazing accomplishment for the Upper Cumberland. The station has grown, not only with the programs it produces but also in how it broadcasts, staying current and relevant. The Upper Cumberland is filled with folks who want to know what is going on in the community, the state, and the world. Public television provides that information in an interesting, accurate, and fresh format.“
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