Upper Cumberland Electric Corporation News

A Hole in One and a Birdie

Staying ahead of wind, weather, and wildlife damage is no game for UCEMC crews in Gainesboro  

Year round, UCEMC crews battle the elements to keep the power surging through the lines to more than 50,000 members. When we’re advised to stay safe in our homes and hunker down during a storm, Upper Cumberland’s linemen are working around the clock in high winds and driving rain to repair downed lines. But severe storms are just part of what Mother Nature can dish out to threaten the power supply; as our Gainesboro district office team knows all too well.

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Close Call! Cookeville UCEMC Linemen Narrowly Escape Driving into Flood-Ravaged Ravine

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On Saturday, July 13th, a severe storm hit Putnam County, causing creeks to overflow with five inches of rain. A bridge near Dyer Creek Road collapsed. As the rain poured in, so did calls to already-stressed 911 operators, as they frantically dispatched crews to rescue people standing atop their vehicles to escape rising water on the roadways. Trees fell, and bolts of lightning trekked across the sky, striking transformers and lines, knocking out power to hundreds of people for twelve hours. 

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Writing a UCEMC Cares Grant

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     It's easier than you think!                         

     The first thing you need to know about writing a UCEMC Cares grant is that there is very little writing involved. The downloadable and user-friendly CARES grant application makes it an easy process. Answer the simple questions about your organization, agency, or non-profit, and that's it!

     Organizations that receive funds aren't required to have a formal 501 (c) status, but they do need to be operated as non-profit entities for non-profit activities. A bank account bearing the organization's name and Tax ID number is essential to have on hand before applying for the grant. Unlike other awards that may require page after page of testimonials and descriptive explanations, the UCEMC Cares grant allows you to get straight to the point. 

     The UCEMC Cares Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of each month and chooses the grant recipients from these applications at that time. The Cares board is made up of a group of volunteers - community leaders from each district. It's their task to read your application and learn more about what your organization does for the community and how you're doing it. They want to know how much money you're requesting and exactly how you plan to use it. Do you receive other grants? You'll be asked to list those. What needs will be addressed upon completion of this project? Do you have enthusiastic volunteers who will put in a good word for the organization's work? The form asks for references, both inside and outside of your circle, who have witnessed the benefits the group brings to the community.

     There's plenty of room for creativity on this application, so go ahead and express yourself! Getting the word out about your organization helps everyone. Here's what's good about that: if your organization isn't awarded a grant this month, you may reapply the following month. There are many opportunities to get the financial help your group needs. Send in applications by the first of the month and remember that patience and consistency are essential when applying/re-applying for any grant.

     Grant money cannot be used for "capital improvements" on governmentally-funded buildings for permanent building or property renovations. These funds may not be used to support any candidate or political purpose, nor may they be used to pay energy bills or charges. Schools and churches are not eligible to receive funds; however, groups or initiatives within the school or church, such as chartered clubs, booster clubs, parent-teacher organizations, food banks, and youth groups are eligible. 

     Here are just a few of the examples of grants previously awarded to groups providing these services for the community:

     Books and supplies for a children's library;

     Fees and scholarships for a children's summer camp;

    Cheerleading and band uniforms;

    Cheerleading and band camp fees;

    Athletic and safety equipment such as helmets, pads, harnesses;

    Safety and firefighting equipment for volunteer fire departments;

    Equipment to aid special needs children who are learning to ride horses;

    Trip fees for students to attend leadership and academic conferences;

      Children, whose families can't afford the high fees for summer camp, can now participate and join in the fun with their friends, thanks to a CARES grant. Special needs children who feel they will never play sports or ride a horse are experiencing the thrill of the game and the joy of inclusion, because of Cares. Those young football players are running for touchdowns with confidence because they know they're wearing gear protecting them from harm. Our firefighters can now call for backup and know that their transmission can be heard thanks to the latest radio technology and a Cares grant. 

      When UCEMC members choose to "opt-in" to the Cares program and round-up their bill each month, that small change can add up to significant change for the community with your help. 

      Thank you for all that you do to make the Upper Cumberland one of the safest, kindest communities in the nation. Please contact us through UCEMC's corporate office if you have any questions about Cares grants or the Cares program. 








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Historical Marker Dedicated at Train Crash Site

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On the night of April 24, 1949, ten members of a Smith County family died when Jesse Bennett pulled his fully-loaded pick-up truck into the path of a fast-moving Tennessee Central freight train near the intersection of Lancaster Highway and Stewart’s Bend Lane. The family had just left a church revival.

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Are your tax exemption certificates up to date?

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           Churches are tax-exempt entities under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

UCEMC is required to maintain exemption certificates as long as sales continue to your non-profit organization and sales tax is not collected. Sales tax exemption certificates are proof for UCEMC and your organization that your electric bill should be tax-free. Please contact us if this information needs updating in our files. Don't have a document on file with us? Download the appropriate application from the Tennessee Department of Revenue here.


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Delegates Return from Washington Youth Tour


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  UCEMC Delegates enjoyed stopping by President Thomas Jefferson's historic home Monticello on their way to Washington D.C.   L-R: Tally Kelly of Gordonsville High, Livingston Academy's Samantha Maulding,  Leanne Marcy of Jackson Co. High, Taylor Phann of Upperman High, and Kalista Negaard of Smith Co. High.  

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Tristan Nixon Wins TVA Power Play Scholarship

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     UCEMC is proud to announce that Smith County High School senior Tristan Nixon, daughter of Mike and Michele Nixon of Carthage, has been awarded the TVA Power Play Scholarship for 2019. Tristan was one of 30 students receiving the $4,000.00 scholarship for their winning essays outlining professional goals and how they plan to be of service to the community after college graduation. Tristan, shown here with UCEMC General Manager Jimmy Gregory, was honored by TVA at a special luncheon on May 6.

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Welcome to the New UCEMC.Com!

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This month, we’re happy to announce the launch of our newly redesigned official website On behalf of all of us here at Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation, we welcome you!

We feel that while our old website served us well for many years, technology continues to develop and with this redesign, we’re employing the most current tools to provide you with up-to-the-minute account news and information and the best possible service for both residential and business members.

Accept no substitutes

Make sure your browser confirms that you are on the official website of UCEMC. Several so-called bill pay websites exist that have apparently hijacked our logo and contact information, leading you to believe that you can safely and securely pay your UCEMC electric bill on their site. Beware of these impostors! Check out the complete story "Scam Alert"  and learn how to avoid these third-party websites. If you use one of these bill pay websites, your electric bill could be paid late – if it’s paid at all – and you’ll be charged a hefty fee for “allowing” them to pay your electric bill. You also run the risk of having your service disconnected if your payment through one of these bill pay sites is delinquent. Click on Pay My Bill on to safely and securely pay your bill on time with confidence.

Get acquainted with

Our new site has a modern layout and design and is optimized to view in multiple devices for your convenience. Enjoy the beautiful Upper Cumberland scenery on the top of the pages while you peruse the handy navigation bar for options. The drop-down menu from MY UCEMC provides you with every option from service requests for your residence or business to safety tips and the forms and documents to download. Check out our Safety Demonstration Trailer video while you’re here.  In a hurry and need to pay your bill quickly? Clicking on PAY MY BILL will take you directly to the secure customer portal. Frequently Asked Billing Questions are also in this menu.  Tips to help you save on your bill in the coldest winter or the hottest summer will help you get your home ready for anything Mother Nature has in store. Keep up with the latest news and Upper Cumberland happenings by visiting our NEWSROOM. Did you hear about that scam targeting electric cooperative members in our area? Read more here about how the scam works and what you need to do to keep your information safe.

For the family members

Are your students looking for an interesting term paper subject? By clicking on ABOUT in the navigation bar, they can enjoy the historic video and learn about UCEMC’s history and its people while testing their knowledge about all things electric with our Safety Quiz. The young artist can find an “outlet” for their creativity by downloading our Safety Hounds coloring book.  Each fall, high school juniors in the Upper Cumberland Electric Membership service area can score a scholarship and a trip to Washington D.C. for their winning composition skills. Learn more about the Washington Youth Tour here. Be the first to know about career opportunities at UCEMC by looking under the Careers tab, and while you’re here, read up on the bylaws, rules, and regulations of the cooperative and learn about your neighbors who sit on the cooperative’s board of directors.

Get organized

The new website structure is more organized and uses thematic associations and a search bar to assist in navigation.  Now, you may go to any page to choose from various menus leading to content that interests you. There’s something for everyone!

Seeing is believing

We’re focusing on multimedia with this new website. Images, videos, and other multimedia content are emphasized to maximize the impact of our messaging and to make your visit to the website more enjoyable. We’re still evolving and soon, social media will be a big part of this website experience. Be sure to watch the UCEMC Cares video to learn about how your pennies can add up to positive change in the community. Sign up to “Round-Up” your bill to the nearest dollar to make the Upper Cumberland the best place to live and grow.

Local People. Local Power.

We encourage you to explore the new site and while much has changed, many of the resources that we have provided over the years are still part of the new site. Thanks to everyone who has given us feedback on the site design, helping to create the more connected, organized and user-friendly UCEMC website you see today.


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Vigilance is Key to Co-existing with Nesting Osprey

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Carthage, TN.   The Ospreys are back in the Upper Cumberland and while these protected raptors are a majestic and pleasing sight for birdwatchers, their dried-wood nests can mean chaos for UCEMC power line maintenance crews in the area.

Ospreys, also known as fish hawks or river hawks, prefer to build their nests high above their ideal fishing spot - primarily on power poles near the water - on Cordell Hull Lake, the Caney Fork and Cumberland Rivers. The Osprey is one of the largest birds of prey in North America with a wingspan of more than five feet.

NEWSFLASHMeet the new Ospreys Babe...

Meet The Opsrey Babe

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Livingston Enterprise: LED Pilot Project Set for Livingston

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Livingston residents will have a chance to see Livingston in a “new light” as the Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved to participate in a pilot program for residents to have a visual test of LED lighting in town. The action came during a special called work session on Thursday night.

“They’ll love it. The light that it emits is a much more pleasing light to the human eye,” said Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC) General Manager Jimmy Gregory, adding later, “It is different. If you’re approaching an LED, you can’t tell there’s a light on until you get pretty close to it, and there it is,” said Gregory, describing LED’s ability to appear like natural lighting.

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Paying Online? Beware of UCEMC Impostors

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We all enjoy the convenience and privacy of paying our bills online – especially if we’re multi-tasking while waiting at the airport or sitting in our cubicle at work. If you’re reading this, you’re on the official website for the Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation. The word “official” is right up there in your browser bar, letting you know you’re in the right place.

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Elaborate Scam Targets Utility Customers

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Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation is warning its members about an elaborate scam attempt that is targeting utility customers. The scam starts with a person calling who states that if you don’t pay your bill immediately, your service will be disconnected. If you do not pay immediately with your credit card or with a service called “Pay Pac,” they ask you to call “customer service” through another number.

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Winter Storms Keep Co-op Crews Busy

Winter Storm in North-Carolina Unlike our neighbors in N.C., we’ve been fortunate to avoid the winter storms so far here in the Upper Cumberland, but the season has just begun.

Electric cooperative line crews in several states are keeping cold weather gear and coveralls close by as they restore power to members knocked offline by a series of winter storms.

Since mid-November, four major winter storms have brought ice, snow and blasts of frigid cold weather to co-op served territories east of the Rockies. The latest storm knocked out electricity to more than 50,000 co-op served meters in the Carolinas and Virginia in early December.

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Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation Sending Crews South to Assist with Hurricane Michael Recovery Efforts

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Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC) is once again sending crews to help with storm recovery efforts. Line workers and equipment are rushing to assist area cooperatives as the biggest storm in 13 years brings life-threatening storm surges and 110 mph winds to the Florida Panhandle.

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