Knoxville-based UT Federal Credit Union (UTFCU) is hosting a Financial Survivor Fair Friday, May 15, from 10 am to 7 pm at the Main Branch located at 2100 White Avenue

by / Tuesday, 05 May 2009 / Published in Current Affairs

“With prices of everything from food to energy to housing rising faster than most incomes, our members needed a place to turn for additional help see them through tough economic times,” said Debbie Jones, President and CEO of UTFCU. The Financial Survival Fair was created as a means to help people whose family budgets are squeezed to the breaking point. The Fair will feature experts from the University of Tennessee and the Knoxville community cover a wide range of topics, including: Growing Groceries, Recycling, Reduce Energy Consumption, Financial First Aid, Loan Health Check-ups, Safe Choices on the Road, Balance the Budget, Identity Theft, and Stimulus Plan information.


The Fair is offered with the assistance of the Family and Consumer Science Office of UT Extension, UT Gardens, UT Police, KUB, BALANCE Financial Fitness, and several employees of UTFCU.


True to the credit union philosophy of “not for profit, not for charity, but for service”, financial education was an important cornerstone of the creation of UTFCU 40 years ago. The all-day event is free and as a community credit union, the information is available to anyone who attends the fair.


Participants in the Financial Survivor Fair include: 

  • UT Federal Credit Union Staff:

    • Mortgage Specialists – Sheri Dishner, Annette Moore, Melanie Sprague
    • Consumer Loan Specialists – Joann Arnold, Tia Broughton
    • Electronic Services – Tina Coward, Kim Sump
    • Financial Fitness, Learning Programs – Teri Branam, Malinda Wood, Theresa Combs
    • Identity Theft – Angela Gregory

  • Dr. Ann Berry, Assistant Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences Department, UT Extension
  • Sara Beth Padgett, KUB
  • Drew Thurman, Recycling Coordinator, Knox Co. Dept. of Eng. & Public Works
  • Dr. Sue Hamilton, Director of UT Gardens, Chief Faculty Member of the Dept. of Plant Sciences, UTK
  • Officer Donnie Ross, Community Relations Dept., UT Police Department



About UT Federal Credit Union

UT Federal Credit Union was founded on the philosophy that a credit union is a financial cooperative owned by members who share a common interest such as work, education or association. Today, UT Federal Credit Union has more than 25,000 members and assets of over $166 million dollars. The heart of a credit union is its membership and as such, UT Federal Credit Union seeks to encourage savings, provide members with access to lower-cost loans and support the financial well being of its members. For more information on UT Federal Credit Union visit