Entries by Trent Scott

Decennial decisions

Mike Knotts, Director of Government Affairs for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association One man. One vote. It doesn’t get much simpler than that. Every citizen in the U.S. has the right to equal representation. We may take this principle for granted, but it is one of the cornerstones of our form of government, a representative […]

Meet the TECA staff

Ron Bell Ron Bell has been the designer of The Tennessee Magazine since December 1995. He also occasionally writes articles for the magazine and travels throughout the state, conducting computer training for Tennessee’s electric cooperatives, assisting them with their desktop-publishing needs. He has designed logos for Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative and Mountain Electric Cooperative as […]

Callis Appointed General Manager

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, an organization representing the interests of Tennessee’s 23 electric distribution cooperatives and the 1.1 million consumers they serve, announces the appointment of David Callis as executive vice president and general manager. Callis replaces Tom Purkey who recently announced his retirement. Callis began his career with the Tennessee Valley […]

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Redistricting maps

In the first week of session, the primary focus of both the House and Senate has been on the 10-year reapportionment of legislative districts. While there was some debate over the composition of these districts, as well as several tweaks along the way, the plans were approved almost as originally presented. An initial analysis of […]

MLEC selects Bates to follow Carothers

Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative has chosen Dwight Bates of Centerville to lead its Hickman County District Office when current manager Marshall Carothers retires in January.  He steps into the position with 30 years of service to MLEC. Bates’ background in MLEC’s engineering department, working directly with members on new services, and assisting line crews in […]

Space Heater Safety

NASHVILLE – Tennessee residents are experiencing the first real taste of winter this week, and Tennessee’s electric cooperatives remind homeowners that space heaters can be dangerous when not used properly. According to the National Fire Protection Association, half of all home-heating fires occur in December, January and February, and heating equipment fires account for 18 […]

The ripples of good deeds

by Tom Purkey, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association I had a wonderful November. Each year representatives from all Tennessee electric co-ops gather for an annual membership meeting, just like the individual cooperatives do, featuring speakers who provide a host of useful information and political leaders to report on […]

Spreading Mayberry ideals on Capitol Hill

Mike Knotts, Director of Government Affairs for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association I love “The Andy Griffith Show.” That’s not exactly breaking news, I know. It’s only one of the most popular television shows in history. And I suppose having a father whose name is Don Knotts may have helped pique my interest many years […]