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…

What’s in it for “we?”

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One of the most attractive features of cooperatives is that we answer the popular question, “What’s in it for me?” with “What’s in it for we!” Cooperatives are formed when the market fails to offer a good or service, with decent…

Co-ops are prepared for summer storms

Summer is here, school is out and families are gearing up for a few months of fun and relaxation. While summer brings much fun in the sun, it can also bring the occasional severe storm. In the event of a power outage, you can trust that your…

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…

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],…

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…

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…

Members speak up at 2016 TECA TennCom Conference

The name was not the only change visible in this year's TECA Marketing, Communications and Member Service Conference, now known as TennCom. A new session allowed attendees to hear from co-op members. Four co-op members from various backgrounds…

Become a Co-op Voter

If you are a co-op director, every few years you ask people to vote for you. Here is a question for you – when was the last time you voted in a political election? As member-owned electric cooperatives, voting is already in our DNA. By…