NPT receives Council on Aging Sage Award for ‘Aging Matters’ project

Bill and Sallie Norton, Thelma Harper, Jackie Cavnar of Mental Health America of the MidSouth, NPT’s Kevin Crane, Julian Bibb. Credit: Mickey Bernal Photography

Nashville Public Television is among the Council on Aging (COA) of Middle Tennessee’s recently announced 28th Annual Sage Awards honorees. NPT is being recognized for its ongoing Aging Matters project.

Presented each year since 1992, the Sage Awards are given to older adults who have made outstanding contributions to Middle Tennessee through a lifelong commitment of working to improve the quality of life in their communities.

The 2019 Sage Awards honorees are: Julian Bibb (Franklin), Thelma Harper (Whites Creek), Bill and Sallie Norton (Nashville) and Gracie Porter (Nashville).

In addition to the individual honorees, COA is also honoring two organizations that have demonstrated a significant impact on the lives of older adults in Middle Tennessee. The 2019 Organization Sage Awards will be presented to NPT and Mental Health America of the MidSouth.

Since 2013, NPT’s Aging Matters project has sought to raise awareness about the critical issues and challenges faced by our growing older population. Through 14 documentaries, short update features, a website and extensive community engagement, the project has informed viewers about how our communities need to change to ensure positive outcomes for all of us as we grow older.

NPT Reports: Aging Matters is hosted by Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Kathy Mattea and is made possible by the generous support of the West End Home Foundation, the Jeanette Travis Foundation, The HCA Foundation and Cigna-HealthSpring. Additional support provided by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee and Jackson National Life Insurance Company.

Sage Awardees will be honored at a luncheon held on Oct. 28, 2019, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. To make a reservation for the luncheon, please visit

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