Occupation: Small business manager for AT&T
Family: Married to Ben Curtis. She has one son, Logan Cross.
Anyone who has enjoyed the Taste of Blount event the past two years has experienced a project Terri Cross-Curtis takes a lot of pride in.
Since 2009, Curtis has served as chair of the committee that organizes the Taste of Blount for the Blount County Chamber of Commerce.
Because of her position with AT&T, Curtis has worked with the Chamber and has always tried to be active in the meetings and programs. When she was approached about chairing the committee for the event in 2009, Curtis says she was happy to help.
“I feel better when I give rather than receive, and I had worked on the committee for Taste of Blount the previous year. When they approached me about being chairperson, I said sure,” she said. “I really enjoy doing it. I meet a lot of good people, and I hope to do it again in 2011.”
Curtis says participating in the Chamber is a good way to be active in the community. “I try to go to all the governmental events in the Chamber so I can keep abreast of what is going on,” she says.
Curtis has also been active with United Way and has helped other organizations as well. Through her position at AT&T, Curtis was able to help the Junior Service League by providing telephones for them to use when they do their clearing house for the Toys for Blount County project.
Curtis is a newlywed. She and her husband of six months, M.Sgt. Ben Curtis with the 134th Air Refueling Wing, have taken the task of combining their two households and turned it into an opportunity to help families who lost their homes to fires.
“We provided them with an extra Christmas tree, clothing, household items and ornaments,” she says. “We also worked with Mission of Hope.”
Born and raised in East Tennessee, she is originally from Oneida and has lived in Blount County since 1987.
Here is Terri Cross-Curtis:
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
“Scarlett O’Hara from ‘Gone With the Wind,’ when she says, ‘I’ll think of it all tomorrow. I can stand it then. After all, tomorrow is another day.”’
What are you guilty of?
“Procrastination, but don’t tell my boss.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“Photos of my family and friends, especially the old black and whites of my mom, dad and sisters.
What are you reading currently?
“I just finished ‘Where There’s Fire.’ I don’t watch a lot of TV, so I committed to reading at least one book a month at the first of this year.”
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“A couple of years ago, I was on a date with my now-husband Ben. We were hiking at Laurel Falls in the autumn and had actually gone to the top of the falls for a picnic. Leaves were all over the place, and I slid on the wet leaves into the stream, rolling over trying to stop myself twice. I laughed hysterically out of total embarrassment.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“Travel anywhere and everywhere, but especially Europe. It makes you realize just how small ‘your world’ really is. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Learn how to swim. I almost drowned in the ocean on vacation when I was a teenager, so I am afraid to get in water over my head.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Determined. At least that is the politically correct version of ‘strong-willed and independent.’ If I have my mind set on something, I am very persistent and committed to making it happen.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“I wish I had more confidence in myself.”
What is your passion?
“I would have to say helping others. That is the one thing that gives me the most personal satisfaction and can turn my frown upside down.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“I would have lunch with my dad, Maynard Cross. He died six years ago from pancreatic cancer, just three months after being diagnosed. I would bring along my mom, Helen Cross, and my son, Logan, so that we could share everything that my Dad has missed.
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“I would go back to the week that President Kennedy was killed. I was barely 1 year old when it happened, but it seems like the impact on our nation and our government was dramatic.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“The Lord will never put more on you than you can bear. What you bear and survive will only make you stronger and more humble.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“My engagement ring.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“My son, Logan Cross. I was a single mother and raised him on my own from Day One. His very being influenced my choices of my job and where we lived. He influenced my level of determination, my scope of faith and my desire to serve others in less than ideal situations. He also has influenced the number of wrinkles and gray hair I now have.”
What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon and why?
“I love the Looney Tunes.”
What irritates you?
“People who can’t look you in the eye when they talk to you.”
What’s one place in Blount County everyone should visit?
“How can you narrow it down to just one place when everywhere you look is like a little slice of heaven?”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“Don’t drop out of college. I quit after my freshman year at MTSU. It took me a while, but I went back to school and graduated Magna cum Laude from Pellissippi State in 2005 and cum Laude from Tusculum with a degree in organizational management in 2009.”
What is your greatest fear?
“I fear the consequences of the lack of morality and accountability that is occurring among our government, our nation and our world.”
I still can’t quite get the hang of…
If you could do one impulsive thing, what would it be?
“Drive in a NASCAR race.”