Tennessee delegate named youth tour spokesperson

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Aaron Lay, a senior at Sequoyah High School, was named national spokesperson for the Washington Youth Tour. Sponsored by local electric cooperatives and coordinated by the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and the National Rural…

Broadband Accessibility Act passes Senate

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NASHVILLE – Today the Tennessee Senate passed the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act by a vote of 31-0. There was no significant debate, however there were a number of clarifying questions that were asked by Senate Minority Leader Lee…

Co-ops bring young leaders to Nashville

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More than 45 high school juniors from across the state attended the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association’s annual Youth Leadership Summit March 13–15 in Nashville. Sen. Jim Tracy on Tuesday, March 14, greeted delegates attending…

Electric co-ops sponsor delegates to TCC Young Leaders Conference

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More than 300 young people from across the state gathered at the 2017 Young Leaders Conference held Feb. 24 and 25 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Franklin. The annual conference brings couples and individuals together from rural communities to…

Tennessee's electric cooperatives celebrate National Co-op Month

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Being part of a cooperative means being part of something special. Tennessee's electric cooperatives are celebrating National Cooperative Month in October, along with 40,000 other cooperative businesses serving more than 120 million people nationwide. “Cooperatives…

Co-ops light state fair midway

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Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation lineman James Crowder flipped a ceremonial switch to light the midway at the 2016 Tennessee State Fair on Friday, Sept. 9. Attendees of the opening ceremony heard from legislators and elected…

Co-ops pull together at Super Pull

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Tens of thousands of people attended the 2016 Lions’ Club Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23. The event was sponsored by the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives of Tennessee and TECA. More than 70 volunteers…

2015 Youth Tour delegates collect shoes for kids

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One thing all Washington Youth Tour winners have in common when they return home is sore feet! During their week-long trip to D.C. this year, students took more than 123,000 steps — walking a whopping 61 miles! So when asked to come up with…

2016 Washington Youth Tour

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Nearly 140 high school seniors from across Tennessee returned last week from the 2016 Washington Youth Tour. The popular event included sightseeing, visits with elected officials and lots of fun meeting peers from across Tennessee and the…

Youth Tour inspires students, fosters civility in an era lacking it

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By Justin LaBerge On a mild Monday evening less than a week after Mardi Gras, 18-year-old Collin Craig was sitting in a downtown New Orleans hotel room talking to himself. He wasn’t having some sort of psychological episode; he was practicing…