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WCTE's Annual Dinner "A tribute to Dr. Henry Louis Gates' PBS works" - Tuesday, April 23, 2024

WCTE PBS is thrilled to host our Annual Dinner on Tuesday, April 23 at The Saltbox Inn in Cookeville! Join us for a fun-packed evening with dinner, entertainment, awards, a celebration of local stories, and a special tribute to the shows produced by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024 (Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner starts at 6 p.m.)

In addition to great food and wonderful company, the night will feature speaker, Dr. Carl Owens and special excerpts from The Cookeville Theater Company's play, I Am My Ancestors' Wildest Dream. Reserve your tickets or table sponsorship for this special evening as we celebrate our members and commemorate another year of telling the stories and enriching the lives of the people of our beautiful Upper Cumberland.  

If you have any questions please contact us at or (931) 528-2222.

Special Guest Speaker Dr. Carl Owens

We're so excited to have Dr. Carl Owens as our guest speaker. Now retired, Dr. Owens is Emeritus Professor and Director of The Learning Resources Center at TTU. His vast range of professional experience includes Digital Learning Communities, Photography, Digital Video production, Digital Music Creation and technology integration. 

A longtime supporter of WCTE, he will be speaking about how having access to educational resources and influential people set him on a path of learning, which is sure to inspire all attendees.

2024 Awards Honorees 

Makers Award - Senator Charlotte Burks
Joe Albrecht Impact Award Winner to be announced
Partner of the Year - Putnam County
WCTE Volunteer of the Year Award: Katelyn Steakley, Shan Stout, Matt Beal & Rafferty Cleary

2024 Annual Dinner Entertainment

TTU Gospel Choir United Voices of Praise
United Voices of Praise is a student-led gospel choir at Tennessee Technological University

Guests will also enjoy presentations by Regina Pullin and Irene Dirkson and the cast from "I Am My Ancestors' Wildest Dream." The full-length show, which was performed previously during Black History Month, featured an all-Black cast of 30 actors and crew members all local to Cookeville. 

Photos by Abby Weeden
Photos by Abby Weeden
Photos by Abby Weeden