Join us at your local CEMC office on Thursday, May 11 for free hotdogs, chips, cookies, soft drinks AND a chance to win an electric grill.
Lunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at each location.
We hope to see you there!
Lives on the line
Every year, we take the time to thank our extraordinary lineworkers who dedicate their lives to keeping the lights on in our local communities. Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation’s lineworkers maintain 7,822 miles of line in CEMC’s service territory, and without these employees, our world would be dark.
We depend on our entire staff to keep CEMC running smoothly, but on April 10, we honor all lineworkers who often find themselves in dangerous and challenging situations so our lives can be a little bit brighter and safer every day. These brave individuals repair damaged lines and maintain critical infrastructure for our communities. Without their hard work and commitment to the job, our co-op would not thrive. No matter the time — day or night, weekday or weekend — if the lights go out, so do they.
Perhaps you have seen them raising their bucket trucks in howling winds and torrential rains or in freezing, icy conditions. They work around the clock near high-voltage power lines until electricity is restored to every member in our co-op community.
In addition to aiding members in our local service territory, lineworkers are always willing and eager to volunteer when a neighboring community, county or state is in need during a major outage.
Our lineworkers are brave, committed and critical to our success. We hope you will join us in thanking the many lineworkers — both locally and around the world — who light our lives. Remember, your power works because they do!
Annual Meeting notice
Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation is preparing for its 2017 annual meeting, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at Rossview High School in Clarksville. Doors will open at 8 a.m. for registration, and the business session will begin at 10 a.m. Join us for a complimentary breakfast, browse through the selection of door prizes offered, visit our information booths and be sure to check out the Youth Corner. Watch for additional information in future issues of The Tennessee Magazine.
CEMC pays $4 million in property taxes
As a business locally owned by its members, Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation pays our fair share of ad valorem property taxes in Cheatham, Dickson, Robertson, Stewart and Sumner counties.
This year, we will pay more than $4 million in property taxes. The taxes we pay are based on the assessed value of the cooperative’s electrical distribution system (consisting of such items as poles, wires, transformers, meters and property) located in the counties we serve.
The taxes we pay are used by our communities to pay teachers, police officers and firemen, build roads and parks and many other activities important to our co-op members.
Strawberry Festival returns to Portland May 13
The Portland Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to celebrate the 76th Annual Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival Tuesday, May 9, through Saturday, May 13. Festival planners have organized a fun-filled week of activities and entertainment the whole family can enjoy.
This year’s event, themed “Berry Sweet Traditions,” will feature country music artist Bucky Covington as parade grand marshal. Covington, who finished eighth on the fifth season of the Fox Network’s popular singing competition “American Idol,” will also perform a free concert Saturday, May 13, at 7 p.m. on Market Street.
For more information on the 2017 Strawberry Festival, visit www.middletennesseestrawberryfestival.com or call the Portland Chamber of Commerce at 615-325-9032. Be sure to check out the following lineup of events and make plans to join the fun. And don’t forget to pick up some of Portland’s famous fruit at the festival!
April 28-29: Strawberry Pageant sponsored by Portland High School cheerleaders.
May 9-13: Enjoy the Carnival all week at Richland Park.
May 9: Annual Four-Person Golf Scramble at Kenny Perry’s Country Creek Golf Course in Franklin, Kentucky. $360 per team; includes barbecue lunch.
May 10: Strawberry Story Hour: 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Portland Public Library.
May 12: Music on Main featuring Generation Worship. Bring your lawn chairs and come out for a night of free entertainment on Main Street. Music begins at 6:30 p.m.
May 13: Festival Day!
• Portland Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast — 7 a.m. at First Baptist Portland.
• Strawberry Stride 5K and fun run sponsored by Portland Athletics — 8 a.m. at Portland High School
• Game Stage — Strawberry-Eating Contest and more games begin after the parade. (Games are free; limited space; preregistration suggested)
• Kid Town USA, where it’s all about the kids. Main Street is full of inflatable jumps, obstacle courses and more. Play all day for $5.
• Strawberry Jam Live Entertainment from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Market Street.
• Strawberry Lane: Strawberries for sale beginning at noon, while supplies last.
• Visit more than 100 vendors in three locations.
• Parade begins at 4 p.m. (applications for entry available online).
• Free Bucky Covington Concert on Market Street at 7 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy great music!
• A fireworks display immediately follows the concert.
CEMC thanks area schools that make youth programs possible
Partnership among local schools and Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation creates big opportunities for area students
Each summer, Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation sends 12 rising high school seniors to spend a week exploring Washington, D.C., learning about government and cooperatives and developing their leadership skills. This opportunity is made possible thanks to a strong partnership with area high schools and their teachers.
Students earn spots on the tour by writing winning short stories titled “Electric Cooperatives — Going Beyond the Wires” that explain how co-ops provide communities with much more than electric power. It’s all a part of the annual Washington Youth Tour Creative Writing and Scholarship Contest.
Youth Tour delegates also have the opportunity to win a share of $16,000 in scholarships from CEMC and Tennessee’s electric cooperatives.
“We recognize how important it is to prepare the next generation of rural leaders,” says Stephanie Lobdell, CEMC community relations coordinator. “We could not do this without the support we receive from area schools and teachers.”
CEMC works with teachers throughout its five-county service area to promote the Washington Youth Tour Writing Contest. As schedules permit, Lobdell visits schools, making presentations about Youth Tour in January and February each year. (NOTE: The deadline for the 2017 contest has already passed.) Winners of the 2017 Washington Youth Tour contest will be selected and notified this month and announced in the June issue of The Tennessee Magazine.
New energy-efficiency program
Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation and the Tennessee Valley Authority are offering homeowners a new program to make it easier than ever to become more energy-efficient. This program, called eScore, provides members with a clear path to make their home a 10 — the highest energy-efficiency designation.
Participation in eScore gives members access to rebates on qualified energy upgrades for their homes — saving them money and increasing their homes’ comfort while allowing them to work toward scores of 10 at their own pace. Best of all, members can utilize the eScore program as many times as needed to achieve their home’s best possible energy performance.
Here’s how it works:
Step 1 - Participants can register online at www.2eScore.com to get started.
Step 2 - The participant contacts a Quality Contractor Network (QCN) member to complete desired upgrades. A list of QCN members is available on CEMC’s website, www.cemc.org, and eScore’s website, www.2eScore.com. A QCN contractor can discuss options, rebates and program details with the participant.
Step 3 - A first-time eScore participant receives a FREE eScore evaluation of the home AND a quality- assurance inspection of the work performed by the QCN contractor. A TVA-certified energy advisor will visit and evaluate the home to provide an eScore and a customized list of upgrades and rebates available. An eScore evaluation includes a detailed eScore report, that contains:
• An eScore card, which ranks the home from 1 to 10 — 10 being the best.
•A customized list of recommended energy-efficiency upgrades that can be made over time helping the home achieve a 10.
•Photos of the elavuated areas.
•A list of rebates for all qualified energy-efficiency upgrades.
Participants who wish to have an eScore evaluation performed on their home before any work is done may do so for a nonrefundable fee of $75. These evaluations can also be requested by registering online as outlined in Step 1. A representative from CEMC will contact the participant to schedule the evaluation.
Financing is available for eligible recommended improvements, subject to credit approval.Learn more and register at www.2escore.com
CEMC Member Falls Victim to Scam
CEMC has been made aware that there is a phone scam in our service area, whereby a request is made for immediate payment by credit card in order to avoid being disconnected.
CEMC does not call members demanding payment over the phone. Members who have doubts about the legitimacy of a call should contact CEMC directly at 1-800-987-2362, even if the number displayed on their phone is CEMC’s phone number.
Introducing Outage Alert!
That vibration or ring tone from your mobile phone could be a text message from CEMC indicating that your power is out and crews are on the way!
Unfortunately power outages are a part of life and occur for various reasons such as weather conditions, vehicle accidents, downed tree limbs and more. While CEMC makes every effort to restore your power safely and efficiently we also want to keep our members informed during outages. Get notified by CEMC when the power is out at your home by signing up for Outage Alert!
After you signup for Outage Alert you will receive a text message to your mobile phone when an outage is predicted in your area either by our Outage Management System, by another customer in your area, or by you.There are no charges for this service, although messaging and data rates apply based on your mobile carrier plan.