TENNESSEE PUBLIC TELEVISION COUNCIL PRESENTS STATE SENATOR WOODSON AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE TINDELL WITH LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
KNOXVILLE, TENN. – The Tennessee Public Television Council (TPTC), made up of Tennessee’s six public television stations including East Tennessee PBS, presented State Senator Jamie Woodson and State Representative Harry Tindell with its Legislator of the Year Award recently in Nashville.
“From our children’s literacy initiatives to our empowering programming, and from our locally-produced documentaries to our adult education series, these two exceptional leaders understand the effect public television stations have on our communities, and they led the way to secure the continuation of our state funding,” said Teresa James, President and General Manager of East Tennessee PBS.
The state’s six public television stations are independent nonprofit organizations that together reach more than 98% of all Tennesseans including 650,000 households that do not have cable or satellite.
“We are truly honored and humbled to have the support of State Senator Jamie Woodson and State Representative Harry Tindell,” said Michael J. LaBonia, TPTC Chairman. “Tennessee public television stations provide Tennesseans with free access to important local health issues, local programs that preserve and celebrate our unique Tennessee culture, and award winning educational programs and resources that assist children, parents and educators. It’s the support of leaders like State Senator Woodson and State Representative Tindell that enables us to continue this important work.”
About East Tennessee PBS
East Tennessee PBS, a nonprofit viewer-supported public television station and the local PBS affiliate, offers all East Tennesseans the opportunity to explore new worlds and new ideas. The organization is driven by its public service mission to help everyone discover more about his or her world both on and off the air. The station broadcasts non-violent, commercial-free children’s series; basic skill and adult education series; and national and local programs that entertain, enlighten and educate to approximately 925,000 households in East Tennessee, southern Kentucky and western North Carolina. In addition, East Tennessee PBS provides educational online resources for adults and children as well as coordinates outreach programs like its Be More Awards and Young Writers Contest.