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TECA Board Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[Name] Elected to Co-op Association Board

[CO-OP HEADQUARTERS TOWN] – [Name], [position at co-op] of [co-op name], was elected to the board of trustees for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association earlier this week at the group’s annual meeting in Nashville.

“We congratulate [name],” said David Callis, TECA executive vice president and general manager. “We appreciate [his/her] service and are confident [he/she] will provide sound direction and represent Tennessee’s electric cooperatives with honor.”

“The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association informs and protects co-op members,” says [name]. “It is an honor to be a part of an organization that has such an important mission.”

“Unified” was the theme of the 75th annual meeting of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, held Sunday, Nov. 20, through Tuesday, Nov. 22, in Nashville. More than 350 electric cooperative leaders from across the state attended the event, and were reminded that they best serve consumer-owners when co-ops work together for a common purpose.

“Anniversaries present the unique opportunity to examine our past,” says David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “The leaders who formed our co-ops and this association were visionaries, and their accomplishments merit our gratitude and celebration. TECA is using this occasion as an opportunity to refine our focus and prepare the association to meet the challenges of the next 75 years through the leadership, advocacy and support we provide.”

The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association provides legislative and communication support for Tennessee’s 23 electric cooperatives and publishes The Tennessee Magazine, the state’s most widely circulated periodical. Visit tnelectric.org or tnmagazine.org to learn more.

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Top Tenn Communications Award Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[Co-op Name] Honored with Communication Award

[CO-OP HEADQUARTERS TOWN] – [Co-op Name] was recently honored with a TECA Top Tenn Communication Award in recognition of its work to educate and inform electric co-op members. The honor was presented during the annual meeting of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association in Nashville.

[Describe award won and project]

“It is important for electric cooperative consumer-owners to be educated and informed,” says Robin Conover, TECA’s vice president of communications and editor of The Tennessee Magazine. “We honor these winners for telling the electric cooperative story in a professional way across multiple platforms.”

“Unified” was the theme of the 75th annual meeting of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, held Sunday, Nov. 20, through Tuesday, Nov. 22, in Nashville. More than 350 electric cooperative leaders from across the state attended the event, and were reminded that they best serve consumer-owners when co-ops work together for a common purpose.

“Anniversaries present the unique opportunity to examine our past,” says David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “The leaders who formed our co-ops and this association were visionaries, and their accomplishments merit our gratitude and celebration. TECA is using this occasion as an opportunity to refine our focus and prepare the association to meet the challenges of the next 75 years through the leadership, advocacy and support we provide.”

The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association provides legislative and communication support for Tennessee’s 23 electric cooperatives and publishes The Tennessee Magazine, the state’s most widely circulated periodical. Visit tnelectric.org or tnmagazine.org to learn more.

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Broadband assessment statement for co-ops

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[CO-OP NAME] ISSUES STATEMENT
ON STATE BROADBAND STUDY

 

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development released the results of a comprehensive study on broadband access in Tennessee earlier today, and [Co-op name] is encouraged by the report’s findings and recommendations.

The study, which examines broadband use and availability, finds that regulatory barriers in the state restrict investment and reduce competition. The report specifically mentions a state law that prevents electric cooperatives from providing retail broadband.

“The study identifies rural and economically distressed regions of the state as areas of greatest need. These are the same communities served by co-ops like [CO-OP NAME],” says [name, title] with [co-op]. “Despite our unique position, Tennessee state law prevents co-ops from providing broadband access to our members. We are confident that the legislature will act on the recommendations of this study, creating an environment that encourages investment, competition and, ultimately, greater access to broadband.”

“[CO-OP NAME] is committed to improving lives in the communities we serve,” says [MANAGER LAST NAME]. “We are excited to work with the state to identify real solutions that will benefit our members.”

You can view the full report here: http://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/ecd/attachments/broadband-study.pdf

 

[CO-OP BOILERPLATE]

 

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Contact:

[CO-OP MEDIA CONTANT INFORMATION]
Trent Scott | Vice President of Corporate Strategy | tscott@tnelectric.org | 731.608.1519

 

 

2016 Legislative Fly-In media release

Tennessee electric cooperatives visit D.C. lawmakers

[CO-OP HEADQUARTERS CITY] – Members from [CO-OP NAME] visited with [CONGRESSMAN NAME] on Thursday, June 23, in Washington, D.C. They joined more than 40 co-op leaders from across the state meeting with Tennessee’s Congressional delegation.

“An important part of our mission to provide affordable and reliable energy is educating our elected officials about co-ops,” says [CO-OP DIRECTOR NAME], a director with [CO-OP NAME]. “These visits help them better understand the issues that concern co-ops and co-op members.”

“Elected representatives make decisions and pass laws that have serious consequences for Tennessee’s electric cooperatives and their members,” says David Callis, executive vice president of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “It is important that we tell the electric cooperative story and inform Members of Congress of the impact of proposed legislation.”

Co-op members discussed environmental and power supply issues with Members of Congress during their visits. “It is important that we communicate with how legislation affects rates and reliability for everyday Tennesseans,” says Callis.

[LOCAL CO-OP BOILERPLATE]

The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association is a trade group representing the interests of Tennessee’s 23 electric distribution cooperatives and the 1.1 million consumers they serve. The association publishes The Tennessee Magazine and provides legislative and support services to Tennessee’s electric cooperatives. Learn more at tnelectric.org.

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Contact:

[LOCAL CO-OP CONTACT INFO]

Trent Scott | Vice President of Corporate Strategy
Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association
tscott@tnelectric.org | 731.608.1519

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Cutline: Electric cooperative leaders Jimmy Sandlin and Michael Watson discuss energy issues with Sen. Bob Corker in Washington, D.C., on June 23.

 

Move Over Law Reminder

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Move Over and Save a Life

Five years after the Tennessee’s Move Over Law was expanded to include utility workers, lineman continue to face roadside hazards

 

[HEADQUARTERS CITY] – In 2011, following efforts by Tennessee’s electric cooperatives and municipal utilities, the state’s Move Over law was revised to not only include police, firefighters and other first responders, but utility workers as well. Unfortunately, motorists do not always heed the law.

[CO-OP LINEMAN QUOTE – DESCRIBE A CLOSE CALL OR USE THIS SAMPLE] “We have to concentrate on the dangers on the pole and on the ground. We have had cars come through way too fast, hitting the cones we have set up and clipping the outriggers that we have down to support the trucks,” says [LINEMAN NAME, TITLE]. “We see lots of people looking at their phones and not paying attention like they should.”

The requirements of the law are simple. On a four lane road, if safety and traffic conditions allow, a driver approaching a utility vehicle with flashing lights should move into the far lane. On a two lane road or when changing lanes is not possible, a driver should reduce their speed.

Electric co-op vehicles aren’t the only utility vehicles covered; service vehicles used by municipal electric systems, telephone companies and utility districts are also protected by the law.

“July marks the 5th anniversary of the expansion of the law, but most motorists are still not aware of it,” says [CO-OP CEO NAME, TITLE, CO-OP]. “Our lineman perform an important job for our community. Changing lanes or slowing down to give them a little space is a simple courtesy that could save a life.”

More information about the law is available at moveovertennessee.org.

 

[CO-OP BOILERPLATE]

 

The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association provides legislative and communication support for Tennessee’s 23 electric cooperatives and publishes The Tennessee Magazine, the state’s most widely circulated periodical. Visit tnelectric.org or tnmagazine.org to learn more.

 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

[CO-OP MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION]

Trent Scott | Vice President of Strategy | 615.515.5534 | tscott@tnelectric.org

Washington Youth Tour depart

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Local Students Depart for Nation’s Capital

[HEADQUARTERS CITY] – [XX] students from [COUNTY NAME or REGION] are headed to Washington, D.C. as a part of the 2016 Washington Youth Tour. [STUDENT NAME AND SCHOOL], [STUDENT NAME AND SCHOOL] and [STUDENT NAME AND SCHOOL] will join more than 130 other students from across Tennessee on the weeklong trip beginning on Friday, June 10.

The annual event, sponsored by [CO-OP NAME] and the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, provides young leaders with an opportunity to explore the nation’s capital, learn about government and cooperatives and develop their leadership skills. Students were selected for the trip by writing a short story titled “Electric Cooperatives – Powering Everyday Life” that explains how co-ops provide communities with much more than electric power.

“The youth tour is an incredible opportunity for these students to actually experience history up-close and personal,” says [CO-OP EMPLOYEE, TITLE]. “Delegates experience a whirlwind of a week, visiting museums, monuments and other landmarks.”

President Lyndon Johnson inspired the tour in 1957 when he encouraged electric cooperatives to send youngsters to the nation’s capital. In the years since, more than 6,000 young Tennesseans have been delegates for the Washington Youth Tour.

[CO-OP BOILERPLATE]

The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association provides legislative and communication support for Tennessee’s 23 electric cooperatives and publishes The Tennessee Magazine, the state’s most widely circulated periodical. Visit tnelectric.org or tnmagazine.org to learn more.

 

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MEDIA ADVISORY

Students will be departing from [LOCATION] on [DATE, TIME]. Media is invited and interviews can be arranged.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

[CO-OP MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION]

Trent Scott | Vice President of Strategy | 615.515.5534 | tscott@tnelectric.org

Co-op Governance

CO-OP GOVERNANCE
Talking Points | May 2016

 

Electric cooperatives are member-owned and not-for-profit.
Electric cooperatives are owned by the consumers they serve. These consumers are members of the cooperative. Co-ops provide cost-based power to their members.

Electric cooperatives are member-regulated.
Co-op members elect a board of directors who oversee the activities of the cooperative, including rates, establishing policies and procedures and approving budgets. Co-ops are further regulated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, their power supplier and an agency of the federal government.

A co-op member can seek a nomination to the board of directors.
[Provide information on your co-op’s nomination and/or petition process, including dates.]

All co-op members are encouraged to vote in the annual board election.
[Provide information on your co-op’s election, including dates.]

Tennessee co-ops are private corporations.
Co-ops are not subject to sunshine laws or open records requirements.

 

Visit from elected official

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

[Politician name] visits [co-op name]

[CITY] – [Politician Name] met with leaders from [co-op] today in [location] to tour the co-op’s facilities and better understand how the utility operates.

[briefly describe visit]

[quote from politician]

“Electric cooperatives like [co-op] are not-for-profit and member-owned. That makes us rather unusual in the utility world,” says [co-op] [president title and name. “Each year [politician] reviews several pieces of legislation that can impact how we operate. Visits like this allow him to meet our employees and see the work that goes into providing our members with affordable and reliable power.”

“[Politician name] has always been supportive of our work at [co-op],” says [co-op leader last name]. “We know his time is valuable, and we appreciate him taking the time to visit with us.”

[co-op boilerplate]

 

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2016 Youth Leadership Summit

Co-op Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

NASHVILLE – [HIGH SCHOOL NAME] student [NAME] and [HIGH SCHOOL NAME] student [NAME] were in Nashville March 21-23 for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association’s annual Youth Leadership Summit. These students were chosen and sponsored by [CO-OP NAME].

Speaker Beth Harwell welcomed attendees to Nashville on Tuesday morning, March 22, in the House Chamber of the Tennessee State Capitol and spent time explaining her role as Speaker of the House and the process that is required to pass legislation.

Rep. Kevin Dunlap also addressed the group and encouraged students to stay active and involved. “You are already leaders or you would not be here today,” he said. He also helped students understand the role electric cooperatives play in rural Tennessee. “The electric co-ops were created because there was a problem: rural Tennessee did not have the privilege of electricity,” said Dunlap. “Our leaders and citizens worked together to form the electric cooperatives and solve the problem.”

[SPECIFICALLY MENTION LOCAL REPS IN ATTENDANCE OR USE THE PARAGRAPH BELOW]

Senators Mike Bell, Richard Briggs and Ferrell Haile and Representatives Kent Calfee, Kevin Dunlap, Dan Howell, Jay Reedy and David Shepard joined Harwell and Dunlap for a town hall meeting with students in the House Chamber.

The theme of this year’s summit was “Small Towns, Big Ideas,” and attendees were encouraged to use their talents to improve rural Tennessee. “Local electric co-ops, school officials and guidance counselors chose these deserving students to attend the summit based on their interests in government and strong leadership abilities,” says Todd Blocker, vice president of member relations for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “During this year’s Youth Leadership Summit, we taught these exceptional students that advances in technology have created unique career opportunities in their hometowns. They will be the next generation of leaders in rural Tennessee, and we want to prepare them for the challenges and opportunities they will face.”

“These students will soon be our community leaders — and electric cooperative member-owners,” said [CO-OP LEADER NAME, TITLE]. “We want them to share our passion for rural [REGION, COUNTY, COMMUNITY…], so it is an honor for [CO-OP NAME] help prepare them for the opportunities that are ahead. We need their talents and leadership more than ever.”

[CO-OP BOILERPLATE]

The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association provides legislative and communication support for Tennessee’s 23 electric cooperatives and publishes The Tennessee Magazine, the state’s most widely circulated periodical. Visit tnelectric.org or tnmagazine.org to learn more.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION

[CO-OP MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION]
Trent Scott | Vice President of Strategy | 731.608.1519 | tscott@tnelectric.org