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LOCAL YOUNG LEADERS LEARN ABOUT GOVERNMENT
DURING CO-OP EVENT IN NASHVILLE

NASHVILLE – [HIGH SCHOOL NAME] student [NAME] and [HIGH SCHOOL NAME] student [NAME] were in Nashville March 13-15 for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association’s annual Youth Leadership Summit. The juniors were chosen and sponsored by [CO-OP NAME].

Sen. Jim Tracy on Tuesday, March 14, greeted delegates attending the three-day leadership and government workshop. Tracy welcomed the young leaders to the Senate Chamber of the Tennessee State Capitol where Alan Whittington, assistant chief clerk of the Senate, explained the process required to pass legislation. Students had the opportunity to debate and vote on a mock bill.

Reps. Mike Bell and John Lee Clemmons joined Sen. Tracy for a town hall meeting with attendees. The three discussed the legislative process and answered questions posed by summit attendees. Delegates then had the opportunity to listen in on debate in House and Senate meetings in Legislative Plaza.

In addition to a hands-on look at state government, delegates to the event learned team-building and problem-solving skills and developed a better understanding of their local electric cooperatives.

[INCLUDE A QUOTE FROM ONE OF YOUR STUDENTS OR USE THE FOLLOWING] “I have learned a lot about the Senate and the House of Representatives and how laws are passed,” says  Sarah Shoate, a junior from Adamsville High School attending the Youth Leadership Summit. “I’m really grateful for the opportunity to come here and improve my leadership skills. I’m grateful for Pickwick Electric Cooperative. My co-op really does a lot to make sure that leaders of tomorrow get the opportunities they deserve.”

Delegates to the Youth Leadership Summit are encouraged to be leaders and 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 and director of the Youth Leadership Summit. “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,” says [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. The future of our rural communities depends on a new generation of strong leaders like these.”

 

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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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Co-ops applaud House Business and Utilities Subcommittee for passage of Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act

NASHVILLE – Members of the House Business and Utilities Subcommittee today passed the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act (H.B. 0529) on [a X to X/unanimous vote]. The legislation now moves on to the full committee for consideration on [DATE].

“The Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act is an important step to expand access to high-speed internet in rural Tennessee,” says David Callis, executive vice president and general manager for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “This legislation will not only create new service providers in areas with the greatest need for high-speed internet, but it will also create jobs and improve access to education and healthcare.”

“We thank Rep. David Hawk for his sponsorship and the committee for supporting this legislation and rural Tennessee.”

The Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act removes restrictions that currently prevent electric cooperatives from providing retail internet access. More than 800,000 Tennesseans, many of which live in areas served by electric co-ops, do not have access to high-speed internet.

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

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Rural broadband discussed during
electric co-op day on the hill

NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam welcomed a group from [CO-OP NAME] to Nashville on Tuesday, Jan. 30. [DIRECTOR NAMES] and [CO-OP STAFF NAMES AND TITLES] were among more than 200 electric co-op leaders attending the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association’s Legislative Conference.

“I’m really glad you are here today. If you have an interest, it matters that you show up and represent that interest,” sais Haslam. “The people who don’t engage on key issues are the people who don’t get their voices heard. There’s nothing like showing up in person.”

Conference attendees met with legislators on Capitol Hill to help them better understand electric cooperatives and the issues that impact rural and suburban Tennessee.

The event came just days after Gov. Haslam announced the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act which would lift regulations that currently prevent electric cooperatives from providing retail broadband service.

“There are about 800,000 Tennesseans who don’t have broadband, and its primarily in rural areas,” said Haslam. “We’ve had a long discussion on Capitol Hill about how to address that. Our proposal uses you – folks who are already in the community, who have those relationships.”

[LOCAL CO-OP POSITION ON BROADBAND WITH MANAGER QUOTE]

“Electric cooperatives have deep roots in the communities we serve,” says David Callis, CEO of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “Our day on the hill is an opportunity to help lawmakers better understand the issues that matter to rural and suburban Tennesseans.”

“Decisions made in Nashville can have serious consequences for our co-op, our members and the communities we serve,” says [CO-OP LEADER, TITLE].  “We have a responsibility to our members to see that their voice is heard.” Attendees reminded legislators that co-ops are not-for-profit, consumer-owned and -regulated private businesses that impact rural and suburban Tennessee in many ways.

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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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[CO-OP MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION]

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

TECA is developing resources to help co-ops spread the word about your annual meeting. The zip files below contain fully editable Quark documents.

Annual Report

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Collateral

Media Releases

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  • Annual meeting summary
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[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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[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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[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

 

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

 

 

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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[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.

 

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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.

 

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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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[CO-OP MEDIA CONTACT INFORMATION]

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