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Larry Moorehead honored with Heart of Gold Outstanding Citizenship Award

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 2:09 pm

Peggy Gold (left) and Dudley Tipps (right) join Larry Moorehead on stage as Moorehead receives the 2015 Heart of Gold Outstanding Citizen Award presented by the Moore County fce on Saturday. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

Peggy Gold (left) and Dudley Tipps (right) join Larry Moorehead on stage as Moorehead receives the 2015 Heart of Gold Outstanding Citizen Award presented by the Moore County fce on Saturday. (Photo by Jeff Reed, www.jeffreedphotography.com)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — The sixth annual Moore County Heart of Gold Outstanding Citizenship Award was presented Saturday during Frontier Days to Moore County Extension Agent Larry Moorehead.

The award, which is presented each year by the Moore County fce, recognizes a citizen whose service to this community goes above and beyond any job requirements. The recipient is a person who has a “heart” for Moore County and its citizens.

Previous winners have been Peggy Gold, for whom the award is named, Dudley Tipps, Joe Millsaps, Claude Eady and Betty Robertson. Moorehead becomes a fitting member of this distinguished group.

As Moore County’s UT Extension Agent since 1977, Moorehead has put Moore County “on the map” in the agriculture world. He currently serves on at least three national boards. He was at one time president of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. He received that organization’s most prestigious award — the Purcell Pinnacle Award.

According to Jerry Ray, who owns one of Moore County’s largest farms, Moorehead’s position of respect in the agriculture community is a great asset to Moore County. One example is the Farm Tour which Moorehead organizes and is enjoyed by more than 40 residents every year.

“We get access to many operations because people know who he is,” says Ray.

Moorehead is serious about civic responsibilities. In Moore County, he is an active member of the following institutions and/or organizations: Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce (past president), Cattleman’s Association, Horseman’s Association, Solid Waste Committee, Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and Park Board Chairman.

He is also the Lay Leader at Smith Chapel United Methodist Church, where he begins every Sunday morning worship service with a devotional message.

Both Ray and Moorehead’s son, Chad Morehead, point out the many hours Larry puts in helping people.

For more on the Heart of Gold Outstanding Citizenship Award, see the July 2 PRINT EDITION of The Moore County News.

—By JUNE PUGH, MCN Contributor

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