Gary Eldridge of Baxter, a student at Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville, was the recipient of the Arthur Emmons Scholarship. This scholarship was established by Helping Hands Ministry, a nonprofit organization in Fairfield Glade, Arthur and Margaret Emmons established Helping Hands Ministry over ten years ago. They are both very active members of the organization. Mr. Emmons serves as the historian and Mrs. Emmons as the executive director. They, along with all the hard working members of the organization, volunteer their time to provide services to the men and women in our U. S. military, the terminally ill, those in retirement homes, underprivileged children, and homeless men, women and children in our community.

Mr. Emmons retired from Grumman Aerospace where he was a model maker, tool designer and electronics technician. He has been part of the design and manufacture of numerous fighter aircraft and the lunar modules used in the first moon landings. Mr. Emmons is an active supporter of technical education and is proud to have a scholarship in his name. "I wish Gary the best and hope that he utilizes the education that he is receiving from the Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville," states Emmons.

Gary Eldridge enrolled in the Industrial Electricity Technology program in September 2006 after being laid off by Russell Stover when it closed its Cookeville plant. He had been employed there for fourteen years. "I decided to take this opportunity to train for a new career. I'm interested in the electrical field and had heard many success stories about the graduates from the Crossville program. I enjoy repair work, installation, and diagnostics and hope to one day have my own electrical business."

As a full-time student, Eldridge arrives at TTCC by 7:45 a.m. each morning and attends class until 2:15 each afternoon. His school day also includes the hour drive each way. According to his instructors, Martin Young and Stacey Johnson, "Gary is an exceptional student with a grade average of 98 this term. He does very well overcoming obstacles and is always willing to help other students."

"My family and I want to thank the Helping Hands Ministry and Emmons family for their generosity and for awarding me the Arthur Emmons Scholarship," he said. Gary and his wife Jennie, have two children. Their son Caleb is 9 years old and daughter Emily is 3 years old.

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