CEMC has scheduled a two-part planned power outage for members on Martin’s Chapel Road in Springfield on July 19 and July 20. Crews will de-energize power to a portion of Martin’s Chapel Road on Wednesday, July 19, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. while they change out transformers. The process will be repeated on Thursday, July 20, again from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., while crews work on the second portion of Martin’s Chapel Road. Affected members will receive a courtesy call including the date their location will be affected. This planned outage is part of a system improvement project for this area. We appreciate your patience while we perform this maintenance.
Member Appreciation Day draws big crowds
About 1,000 Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation members enjoyed free hotdogs, chips, cookies and soft drinks at the co-op’s annual Member Appreciation Day events Thursday, May 11, at each of CEMC’s seven district business offices. In addition to a free picnic lunch, members were treated to various giveaways and were able to register to win an electric grill that was given away at each location.
“We look forward to Member Appreciation Day each year,” says CEMC Member Services Manager Seth Roberts. “It’s a great opportunity to connect with the communities we serve and have some fun interacting with our members.” Member Appreciation Day has become a favorite springtime event for CEMC employees and members alike. Be sure to watch future issues of The Tennessee Magazine for information regarding next year’s event.
Director candidates must meet Aug. 22 deadline
Members of Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation who are interested in serving on the board of directors can obtain petitions from the general manager’s office. Each petition must be signed by at least 15 members.
The petition must be completed and turned in by the deadline of Tuesday, Aug. 22, which is 60 days prior to the 2017 annual meeting. This year’s meeting will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at Rossview High School in Clarksville.
An election will be held for the following director positions: North Stewart, North Montgomery, South Sumner and Director At Large. Anyone with a valid membership in good standing as of Aug. 22 can vote in director elections. Those applying for membership after Aug. 22 will not be eligible to vote in this year’s election but are welcome to attend the meeting and register for prizes.
(CEMC Bylaws Aticle 3 — Section 3.05)
2018 CEMC calendar art contest winners
Young artists from schools throughout Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation’s service area submitted hundreds of entries for the 2018 CEMC Calendar Art Contest. The winners have been selected, and although the calendar won’t be available until Nov. 1, we just couldn’t resist sharing a sneak peek of a few of this year’s winners! Winning artwork will be featured in two different wall calendars — one for the East Region and one for the West Region — as well as pocket calendars in five different designs. The free calendars will be available at each of CEMC’s district business offices beginning Nov. 1.
Thank you to all the students who submitted artwork and the teachers and parents who encouraged participation. We can’t wait to showcase the art of these talented students
Co-op leaders visit D.C. lawmakers
Leaders from Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation visited with U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and in Washington, D.C., during the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s Legislative Conference on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25 and 26. Joining more than 65 co-op members from across the state, co-op representatives discussed energy supply, rural infrastructure, broadband, tax policy and other important issues with Tennessee’s congressional delegation.
“The decisions made in Washington, D.C., often have a direct impact on our co-op and our members,” says CEMC General Manager Jim Coode. “Infrastructure and energy are critical to our rural and suburban communities, and it is important to ensure that legislators understand our issues.”
Energy Secretary Rick Perry addressed a group of more than 2,100 co-op leaders from across the country attending the conference. Perry hailed electric cooperatives for delivering affordable, reliable electricity to rural America and encouraged them to advocate on their challenges, especially grid security. “We have the greatest electric grid in the world,” Perry said, “and we need to keep it that way.”
“From energy and economic development to broadband and rural commerce, co-ops have a significant impact on Tennessee’s rural communities,” says David Callis, executive vice president of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “The decisions made in D.C. matter, and it is important for co-ops to be engaged. I appreciate the co-op leaders from across the state who joined us on Capitol Hill to tell the co-op story.”
CEMC mourns former board member Poole
Carrol Poole, former Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation board member, passed away April 4 at the age of 83. Mr. Poole represented North Montgomery County on CEMC’s board of directors from 1999 to 2013.
Mr. Poole, son of the late Vernon Poole Sr. and Leron Blondell Poole, was born Oct. 24, 1933, in Montgomery County. He was an active member of Shady Grove Freewill Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher, song leader and trustee. Mr. Poole was also a founding member of the East Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department. He coached in the Clarksville Nationals Little League for 18 years and enjoyed traveling around the world to do mission work.
Please make room for roadside crews
When the power goes out, so do Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation’s line crews. Lineworkers are the first to respond after an outage occurs, and they work tirelessly, often in dangerous conditions, to restore power to the communities we serve.
If you are traveling and see one of our crews on the side of the road, we kindly ask that you move over if possible and give them a little extra space to work. We care deeply about the safety of all, and this extra precaution ensures just that.
If you approach a crew while traveling on a two-lane road, moving over to the next lane might not be an option. In this case, we simply ask that you slow down when approaching roadside crews. If you approach a crew while traveling on a four-lane road, and safety and traffic conditions allow, we ask that you move over into the far lane.
In 2011, following efforts by Tennessee’s electric cooperatives and municipal utilities, the state’s Move Over law was revised to include utility workers as well as the already covered police, firefighters and other first responders.
The requirements of the Move Over law are simple. On a four-lane road, if safety and traffic conditions allow, a driver approaching a utility vehicle with flashing lights must move into the far lane. On a two-lane road or when changing lanes is not possible, a driver must reduce speed.
Utility crews are not the only ones who could use the extra space. Emergency responders, such as police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians, often find themselves responding to emergency situations near busy roadways. We ask that you follow the same procedures mentioned above to help keep these crews safe.
There is plenty of room for all. Let us work together to keep everyone safe on our local roadways.
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.
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.