Middle Tennessee Electric mourns loss of past president Jim Baker

Former Middle Tennessee Electric President Jim Baker passed away at his home in Lascassas on April 11 at the age of 77, following a brief illness. Baker retired in 2003, having served the members of the Murfreesboro-based cooperative for 43 years, including 23 years as president. 

"It is a sad day for Team MTEMC," MTEMC President and CEO Chris Jones, said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Baker's daughter, Connie; his son, Mark; and all of the family. 

TVA recognizes MTEMC EnergyRight Solutions efforts

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recognized Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation for leading the valley in its solar energy efforts through the Green Power Providers program, as well as its continued participation and member savings through the EnergyRight Solutions Program. 

The program is designed to educate members on conserving energy, while also providing them money saving tips and programs. 

MTEMC Nominating Committee Meets June 7

The MTEMC Nominating Committee met June 7, and the following nominations were made for the open Board of Directors positions: 

District 1, Williamson County (with parts of Cheatham, Davidson, Hickman, Marshall and Maury Counties) 

Gloria B. O'Steen 

District 2, Rutherford County (with parts of Bedford County) 

Mike Woods 

District 3, Cannon County (with parts of Coffee and Warren Counties) 

Charles Bowman 

MTEMC linemen put their skills to the test

Eleven linemen from Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation participated in the 2016 Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo June 10-11 in Paris Landing, Tenn. The annual event draws teams from utilities across the Tennessee Valley to compete in a variety of events. 

This year, Bobby Buttrey, Danny Crawford, Chris Gossett, James Hazelwood, Brad Kincaid, Nathan Neal, Rusty George, Jeff pulley, Jonathan Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Grant and B.J. Bobo represented MTEMC in four categories; apprentice, team, journeyman and senior. 

Summer bills and saving energy; MTEMC has tips to help

Summer is in full swing in Tennessee, and with rising temperatures and humidity, heat-and-air conditioning units are working overtime. Middle Tennessee Electric is reminding members to find ways to keep cool while reducing their energy consumption to avoid high bills. 

"Finding ways to stay cool while conserving energy can seem difficult when the heat index is in the triple-digits," said MTEMC Communications Coordinator Josh Clendenen. "But little things like turning your thermostat up one-degree can save you money each month." 

MTEMC 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 Middle Tennessee Electric 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.