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  • David Callis serves as Vice President of Statewide Services for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association

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    Powering Progress

    by David Callis, Executive Vice President and General Manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association Near the end of “Saving Private Ryan,” as Tom Hanks’ character is dying, he leans forward and mutters one last command to the young private: “Earn this.” He speaks the words after most of his men have died saving the private’s life. He speaks the words to the soldier in an effort to convey the magnitude of the sacrifice made on his behalf. Moving forward with a new team in place for 2012, “Earn this” is our internal watchword at the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.While […]

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    Watson new DREMC VP

    Duck River Electric Membership Corporation Creates and Fills the Position of Vice President. SHELBYVILLE – The Duck River Electric Membership Corporation (DREMC) Board of Directors recently took action to elect Michael Watson to the position of Vice President, effective February 1, 2012. After working for Memphis Light Gas and Water for five years in the substation and protective relaying department, Mr. Watson began his career at DREMC nearly 20 years ago in the engineering department. Watson was promoted to the Shelbyville/Lynchburg District Manager position, which he held for approximately five years, and has served as the Director of Operations for […]

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    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 well as T-shirts, posters, brochures and publications for TECA and co-ops throughout the state. He lives with his wife, Sharon, in Murfreesboro. They have five children, two of whom are still at home. Ron is also the creator and lead singer for his band, The […]

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    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 Authority as an accountant and then as supervisor of power revenue. He then worked at Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation for almost nine years, serving first as director of finance and administration and then as general manager. In 2001 he joined the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association […]

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    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 percent of all reported home fires and 22 percent of home fire deaths. Here are a few tips to remember when using space heaters: Be certain that space heaters at least 3 feet away from curtains, furniture and other household items. Select a heater that […]

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    Hill Blocks Funds for Bulb Standards

    By Todd H. Cunningham | ECT Staff Writer Congress has hit the “off” switch, at least temporarily, on the enforcement of light bulb efficiency standards that opponents characterized as an effective ban on traditional incandescent models. Enforcement of the standards, which would hike efficiency requirements by 30 percent, effective Jan. 1, was blocked by a provision inserted into an omnibus spending bill that will keep the federal government funded through the remainder of fiscal 2012. The provision bars the Department of Energy from spending funds to implement or enforce the light bulb standards, enacted in 2007, through Sept. 30. Congress […]

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    Milestone Reached at Solar Farm

    Chickasaw Electric Cooperative ready to receive power from West Tennessee Solar Farm ahead of schedule SOMERVILLE, TN – Chickasaw Electric Cooperative is pleased to announce the completion of system improvements between the cooperative’s Dancyville substation and the West Tennessee Solar Farm in Haywood County. The upgraded line was energized on Wednesday morning, Dec. 14, and the cooperative is ready to receive power from the 4.5 MW solar farm. The completion comes 11 weeks ahead of schedule. Energy produced by the West Tennessee Solar Farm will travel across nine miles of distribution line to Chickasaw Electric Cooperative’s Dancyville substation where TVA […]

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    Invite Safety Home for the Holidays

    With tips from the electric cooperatives of Tennessee and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) The winter holiday season is traditionally a festive and eventful time of year, filled with celebrations, family gatherings, and visits from houseguests.  In fact, results from a national survey conducted by ESFI indicate that nearly sixty percent of Americans typically host guests in their homes during the holidays. It’s easy to get caught up in the hectic pace of holiday entertaining – cookies to bake, decorations to hang, presents to wrap – but ESFI and the electric cooperatives of Tennessee urge you not to overlook […]

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    2011 Annual Meeting

    The  70th annual meeting of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association was held Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 21 and 22, at the Nashville Airport Marriott. President Joe Thacker called the meeting to order. Shana Purkey, daughter-in-law of TECA General Manager Tom Purkey, performed the “Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless the USA.” Captain Scott O’Grady, a pilot shot down behind enemy lines in Bosnia in 1995, presented his program, “Return with Honor.” Following the keynote address, all voting delegates moved to the reserved area at the front of the meeting room, and the business session of the meeting was held with […]

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    Charging Stations at TECA

    Visitors to the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association in Nashville can now charge their electric vehicles thanks to new charging stations. The two chargers are located in the parking lot on the east side of TECA’s building on Spence Lane. Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation and Murfreesboro Electric Department donated the units. “We are excited to have these charging stations at our facility,” said David Callis, TECA vice president of statewide services. “This will help us gain more knowledge about electric vehicle technology and allow our members who have electric vehicles to charge them during meetings.” “With our Volt and its […]

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