Jerry Flowers and Carlie McCowan were recently honored for their many years of service as directors of the Tri-County Forestry Association. Both were charter members of the association when it was organized in 2003.

Jerry Flowers was the first secretary/treasurer of the association and served in that capacity until 2018 and continues as director.

A native of Pickett County (Monroe, Tn.) Flowers worked for the USDA Farm Service Agency for 30 plus years. He also has farmed, raising cattle and tobacco for over 35 years.

Carlie McCowan was on the first board and served in many positions for the board including President for 10 years. He is still active member in the association.

A native of the Dry Hollow Community of Overton County, McCowan before his retirement in 2007 worked for NRCS for 36 years mapping soil all over the State of Tennessee and beyond. He was raised on tobacco farm in Dry Hollow and has farmed most of his life.

The Tri-County Forestry Association thanks both of them for their dedicated service to the association. The Tri-County Forestry Association promotes forest management and tree health in Overton, Pickett, and Clay Counties. For any information on how to join please call (931) 823-2735.