Spring is finally here! With the snow melted and the ground ready for planting, eager homeowners like you are gearing up to start those outdoor digging projects. Before you reach for that shovel to start digging, remember to call 811, the Tennessee’s call-before-you-dig number, to ensure that your buried utility lines are marked.

April is National Safe Digging Month, and [CO-OP NAME] wants to remind our members that a complex network of pipelines, wires and cables lies just underground. Striking an underground utility line while digging can cause harm to you or those around you, disrupt service to an entire neighborhood and potentially result in fines and repair costs.

A call should be placed to 811 before every digging project, from simple landscaping projects like planting trees or shrubs, to building a deck or installing a rural mailbox. Every nine minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811. Don’t become part of the statistic – make sure to call 811!

Here’s how it works:

  • One free, simple phone call to 811 makes it easy for Tennessee 811 to notify all appropriate utility companies of your intent to dig.
  • Call at least a few days prior to digging to ensure enough time for utility lines to be properly marked.
  • When you call 811, a representative from Tennessee 811 will ask for the location and description of your digging project.
  • Tennessee 811 will notify affected utility companies, like [CO-OP NAME], who will then each send a professional locator to the proposed dig site to mark the approximate location of your lines.
  • Once lines have been properly marked, roll up those sleeves and carefully dig around the marked areas.
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The following resources are available for use in March.


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Social Media

Posts for March

  • March 1 – Co-ops have a big impact on Tennessee. #coopsbuildup [Share Build Up video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-0EePVhRcw]
  • March 2 – [Today/March 2] is National Employee Appreciation Day. We appreciate our awesome team that keeps the co-op running smoothly. #coopsbuildup [POST PHOTOS]
  • March 5 – Energy tip: Changing your air filter can save you energy and money.
  • March 7 – It pays to be safe. Visit everydaysafe.org for tops to keep your family safe around power lines.
  • March 9 – Don’t forget to spring forward on March 11. #DST
  • March 12 – Today we are taking young leaders to Nashville for the 2018 Youth Leadership Summit #2018YLS #coopsbuildup [LINK TO ARTICLE ON TNELECTRIC.ORG]
  • March 13 – We are preparing a new generation of rural leaders at #2018YLS this week in Nashville. #coopsbuildup [PHOTO]
  • March 14 – Our #2018YLS students are learning about government and co-ops this week in Nashville. #coopsbuildup [PHOTO]
  • March 15 – Share article from tnmagazine.org. [LINK]
  • March 19 – Check out the incredible winners of the latest #Shutterbug photo contest sponsored by The Tennessee Magazine [LINK TO WINNERS AT TNMAGAZINE.ORG].
  • March 20 – Today is the first day of Spring! What do you enjoy most about the warmer weather?
  • March 21 – Monthly electric bills go up and down based on how much energy you use. Our [LEVELIZED/BUDGET] billing option can take the guess work out of your monthly bill. Sign up today. [LINK OR NUMBER TO CALL]
  • March 23 – Share article from tnmagazine.org. [LINK]
  • March 29 – What’s your eScore? Visit [CO-OP SITE OR 2ESCORE.COM] for information and incentives to make your home more efficient.
  • March 27 – Tennessee law requires motorists to #moveover for utility workers. Learn more at moveovertennessee.org. [LINK TO MOVEOVERTENNESSEE.ORG]
  • March 29 –Today is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day Day. We want to recognize [insert info about a local “mom and pop” business]! Thanks for making our community brighter! [PHOTO]

The following resources are available for use in February.

Please note that the TECA legislative conference will be held on Jan. 30 and 31. We will distribute media releases and photos at the conclusion of that event.


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Posts for February

  • February 1 – Post media release from legislative visits
  • February 2 – Six more weeks of winter! Visit [CO-OP WEBSITE EFFICIENCY PAGE] for tips to save money. #GroundhogDay. OR No shadow! Visit [CO-OP WEBSITE EFFICIENCY PAGE] for tips to prepare your home for spring. #GroundhogDay.
  • February 6 – Link to Build Up column above on your own site.
  • February 8 – Co-ops like [CO-OP NAME] have a significant impact on Tennessee. #coopsbuildup
    LINK TO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-0EePVhRcw
  • February 12 – Link to efficiency article above on your own site.
  • February 14 – Happy #ValentinesDay from [CO-OP NAME]! Share photo of your staff celebrating Valentine’s Day.
  • February 15 – Share article from tnmagazine.org.
  • February 19 – Link to co-op careers article above on your own site.
  • February 21 – Don’t touch that! A guide to the wires above your head. #everydaysafe
  • February 23 – It is National #Engineers Week! Thank you to our co-op engineers who keep our system running smoothly! [SHARE PHOTO OF ENGINEERS]
  • February 27 – Share article from tnmagazine.org.

The following resources are available for use in January.


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Social Media

Posts for January

  • January 2 – Co-ops like [CO-OP NAME] have a significant impact on Tennessee. #coopsbuildup
    LINK TO https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-0EePVhRcw
  • January 5 – Link to leadership column above on your own site.
  • January 9 – Baby it’s cold outside! Follow these tips if you’re using a space heater to warm things up.
  • January 10 – Today is #CutYourEnergyCostsDay . Check out these handy tips.
  • January 12 – 32% of home heating fires are caused by space heaters? Plug into the facts:
  • January 15 – “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLKDay
  • January 17 – Share article from tnmagazine.org
  • January 19 – Link to safety article above on your own site.
  • January 23 – We provide many convenient options for your to pay your electric bill. [LINK TO PAYMENT OPTIONS PAGE ON YOUR SITE]
  • January 25 – Link to efficiency article above on your own site.
  • January 30 – Post photos from legislative visits scheduled for this day
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Co-op leaders encouraged to “Build Up” Tennessee

[CO-OP HEADQUARTERS TOWN] – “Build Up” was the theme of the 76th annual meeting of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, held Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 20 and 21, in Nashville. [Name], [position at co-op], [Name], [position at co-op], and [Name], [position at co-op] represented [CO-OP NAME] at the event.

They joined more than 350 electric cooperative leaders from across the state to explore the impact of co-ops and challenge one another to meet the needs of their communities.

“Co-ops provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity, but our impact goes far beyond energy,” says David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “We recruit jobs and investment; we prepare the next generation of leaders; we give back through charitable donations, taxes and payroll; and we are on the leading edge of a movement that will bring high-speed internet to rural communities. Electric co-ops build up Tennessee – creating opportunities, impacting families and positioning communities to grow and prosper.”

Attendees to the two-day event heard experts and industry leaders discuss topics important to rural and suburban Tennessee, such as regulations, finance, economic development, power supply and broadband.

“I am grateful that our directors sacrificed time with their families to attend this event,” says [CO-OP MANAGER NAME, TITLE]. “They are frequently asked to make tough decisions that impact the communities we serve. Training sessions like this help us operate a more efficient and reliable co-op.”

[INCLUDE DETAILS ON TOP TENN, DIRECTOR TRAINING, SAFETY ACREDIDATION AND BOARD POSITIONS THAT IMPACT YOUR CO-OP]

Callis concluded his comments during the event with this, “I’ll leave you with this challenge. Think carefully about your co-op and your co-op members. What are their needs? What are their expectations? What opportunities exist for your co-op to take action to improve everyday life for your members. We have an important role to play, and together co-ops can build up Tennessee.”

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The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association provides leadership, advocacy and 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.