Entries by Trent Scott

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Co-op leaders discuss Tennessee issues with DC lawmakers

NASHVILLE – More than 50 electric co-op leaders from Tennessee traveled to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, April 30, to talk with members of the Tennessee congressional delegation about issues important to the state’s rural and suburban communities. During meetings with lawmakers, co-op leaders discussed energy, connectivity and other topics, including: highlighting the need for rural […]


Dunavan joins team at TECA

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, a trade association representing the state’s 23 electric cooperatives, announced recently that Mallory Dunavan is joining the association as political affairs coordinator. “I am excited to be part of the team at TECA,” says Dunavan. “Electric co-ops are important to the communities they serve, and co-ops have a […]

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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. […]

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 […]