Entries by Trent Scott

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Tennessee co-ops receive $6.2 million in state grants for broadband

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Lee announced Monday that five electric co-ops in Tennessee will receive more than $6.2 million in broadband accessibility grants. Electric co-ops received nearly half of $14.8 million in state grants awarded by the state. “Rural and suburban Tennessee cannot grow and prosper without access to reliable, high-speed connectivity,” says David Callis, […]

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Co-ops respond to administration’s 2020 budget

NASHVILLE – Today the White House delivered its 2020 budget proposal to Congress. Among the items included in this year’s budget was a proposal to sell federally-owned utility assets. The Tennessee Valley Public Power Association released a joint statement today co-signed by David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative […]

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Co-ops host young leaders in Nashville

NASHVILLE – Forty-six high school juniors from across the state are attending the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association’s annual Youth Leadership Summit this week in Nashville. Delegates to the annual event get a hands-on look at state government, build networking and leadership skills and develop a better understanding of energy generation and their local electric cooperative. […]

TCC Young Leaders Conference

Young leaders learn about co-ops, agriculture at conference [CO-OP HEADQUARTERS CITY] – [ATTENDEES NAMES AND HOMETOWN] was sponsored by [COOPERATIVE] to attend the 2019 Young Leaders Conference held Feb. 22 and 23 at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Franklin. More than 330 young people from across the state gathered at the annual conference that brings […]

Youth Leadership Summit article

Local young leaders learn about government during electric co-op event in Nashville [CO-OP HEADQUARTERS CITY] – [High School] student [Name] and [High School] student [Name] were in Nashville March 3-6 for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association’s annual Youth Leadership Summit. The juniors were chosen by school guidance counselors and sponsored by [CO-OP NAME]. Delegates to the […]

April 2019 CommKit

The following resources are available for use in April. Leadership column – A life on the line – National Lineman Appreciation Day Youth Leadership Summit article/press release TCC Young Leaders Conference article/press release Youth Tour print ads are available here. Other Resources Co-op careers brochure Washington Youth Tour toolkit Social Media Posts for April April  […]

A life on the line

APRIL 2019 COMMKIT – LEADERSHIP COLUMN A life on the line In December of 2014 the board of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association adopted a resolution recognizing the second Monday of April as National Lineman Appreciation Day. This event was first observed the next year on April 10, 2015. In the years since there has […]


ML Connect project moves ahead

MLConnect making progress in project to service MLEC counties Centerville, TN —  Ultra-fast, affordable, reliable broadband is getting closer for those receiving electricity from Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative.  The utility’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Meriwether Lewis Connect, LLC is preparing to serve its first customers. Residents in and around the city of Waverly will be hearing from […]

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Tennessee electric co-ops issue statement regarding new TVA CEO

NASHVILLE  – The TVA board of directors today announced the appointment of Jeffrey “Jeff” Lyash as the utility’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Lyash, current President and CEO of Ontario Power Generation, will join TVA in April. In response to today’s announcement, David Callis, executive Vice President and general manager of the Tennessee Electric […]

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Telling the co-op story on Capitol Hill

NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Lee stressed the importance of rural Tennessee while speaking with electric co-op leaders during the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association’s 2019 Legislative Conference on Tuesday evening, Feb. 12. “I grew up in rural Tennessee, so rural issues matter a lot,” said Lee, a resident of Fernvale and member of Middle Tennessee Electric […]