We are excited to have you as a part of our team. This is a great opportunity for our readers to get to know you. Let’s start with where you grew up and some family history.
“Well, I was raised in Tracy City. My parents are Thomas and the late Louise Barnes.
“I went to Tracy City Elementary. I was always a tomboy and was real active in sports. I played Little League baseball in Tracy and played Big 8 basketball at Tracy City Elementary.
“I went on to Grundy County High School and played softball there. I was All-District.”
What did you do after high school?
“I have worked as a waitress and I have worked at the Grundy County Election Office. One of my most rewarding jobs has been as a gold buyer. I hosted gold buying parties and traveled all over Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. I did this for about two years.”
You have been involved in charity work in the local community.
“I have. I think I have a passion for it. Once, I was collecting soda can tabs for a little girl and was talking my teacher Kim Partin about it and she got the school involved. I was really inspired by her.
“Last spring I helped raise a lot of money for Madi Rogers. We were trying to raise money to get her a diabetic dog. The goal was $8,000 and we went well over that with the cold-water challenge and the efforts of our great community.”
Can you tell us about your husband and children?
“I am married to Shannon Tipton and he works at Yates. We met at Gruetli-Laager Church where he was singing and then married in 2001. We’ve been married for 12 years. I have two wonderful girls; Chloe is 15 and plays softball for Grundy. Rylee is 10 and a basketball and softball player at Palmer.”
What do you enjoy doing together as a family?
“Everybody knows where they can find us in the summertime, Plainview Lake! We like to play softball and we are all signing up for the Miracle on the Mountain Whiffle Ball League.”
And, you are pretty athletic yourself.
“I play in my church softball league, I try to work out, and I do Zumba with Autumn Cleek at the Palmer Elementary gym.”
As I mentioned earlier, we are thrilled to have you on board at the Herald. You came in at a very busy time. “Yes, we are putting together the Homecoming section for October 17 and next month we will have the Herald’s first-ever Basketball Preview section. So, it is an exciting time!”
Now for the fun question, what would surprise our readers?
“Oh! I love pulling pranks. I like to read quotes. I watch documentaries. And this is the best – I played football for a while.”
Wendy and her family attend Faith Filled Tabernacle in Jasper. They enjoy going to local sporting events and spend time enjoying the natural beauty of our area. She says if there is an event on the mountain, you can find her there.