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Planned Outage Scheduled for Sunday, July 10

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Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC) plans an early morning power outage for approximately 240 Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation members. The power interruption will begin on Sunday, July 10, 2022, from 5:30 a.m. until approximately 7:00 a.m.

Members who reside in the following areas will be affected:

  • Trousdale Ferry Pike
  • Stonewall Road
  • Ben Gentry Lane
  • Club Springs Road
  • Smith's Road
  • Pea Ridge Road
  • Bellar Hollow Road
  • Kirby Lane
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TVA Fuel Cost Adjustment to Double July 1, 2022

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      Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation alerts residential and commercial members to expect higher electric bills due to record-setting temperatures and an increase in Tennessee Valley Authority's Fuel Cost Adjustment (FCA).

     On July 1, TVA's FCA will cost 2 cents per kilowatt-hour more than last July. Families who use 1,000 kilowatts each month will see an average increase of $20.73 on their electric bill compared to July 2021. TVA Fuel Cost refers to the variable cost of the fuels TVA uses to power coal plants, natural gas, and nuclear facilities that generate electricity. Upper Cumberland EMC is a distribution cooperative that buys power for its members from TVA. UCEMC does not retain any portion of this rate. 100% of the FCA goes to TVA. The FCA has remained steady for several years, but supply chain issues and inflation have caused the price to climb since this Spring. TVA's Scott Brooks says the higher fuel rate is due to higher commodity prices. "Recently, there has been persistent upward and volatile movement in worldwide natural gas markets," says Brooks. "The monthly fuel cost will likely remain elevated for upcoming months."

     Usage is one of the biggest drivers of electric bills. To help save, TVA recommends raising the thermostat
and not using heat-generating appliances such as ovens, stoves, and clothes dryers during the hottest
hours of the day between 12 p.m. and 8. p.m.

     "We're advising our members to conserve power to keep their costs down," says Jennifer Brogdon,
General Manager and CEO of Upper Cumberland EMC. "You pay for only what you use, and members
who use less than average in this heat wave will see the savings on their monthly bill. For the third year in
a row, UCEMC's Board recently approved a rate reduction to pass along TVA's pandemic recovery
wholesale bill credit to help offer relief to our members during this challenging time."

     This month has seen record-breaking days for the TVA system, the 7th highest June peak in TVA history.
UCEMC's residential rates are among the lowest in the nation, falling 25% below the national average.

UCEMC is owned by those it serves, with more than 51,000 cooperative members and more than 4,600
miles of power lines running through service areas in Smith, Putnam, Jackson, and Overton counties and
fringe areas of DeKalb, Macon, Wilson, White, Clay, Fentress, and Pickett counties.

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The Linemen's No-Sweat Tips for Keeping Cool

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      You have to wonder why weather forecasters need to state the obvious. They remind us to stay out of the sun, wear light clothing, drink plenty of fluids, and take frequent breaks if we "must be outdoors in this heat." When hot, humid 'air you can wear' hits you in the face the minute you step outside, it's a no-brainer; run back inside, sit in front of a fan and drink ice water. But you have no choice if your job requires you to be outdoors when it's 100 degrees. You become an expert on staying comfortable and safe because your life depends on it. Our forecaster friends warn us to pay attention to our health while concentrating on our outdoor work.

     Not that it gets any more comfortable with experience. Our UCEMC linemen ride in buckets to get up-up-up to where the heat is unbearable. They wear fire-retardant (FR) protective, long-sleeved clothing, thick rubber gloves, sleeve coverings, and unventilated hard hats. This required personal protective equipment (PPE) causes them to drip with sweat as they work with electricity.

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The Beat Goes On: A UCEMC Cares grant helps bring “Drums Alive” to Baxter Primary School

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It’s the latest innovation in music education: Drums Alive! Thanks to a community-wide fundraising effort and a grant from UCEMC Cares members, children from Baxter Primary School are living their rock n’ roll dreams.

Enjoy the concert video below and read the full story here in the June Tennessee Magazine.

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Katie Grandstaff Awarded Scholarship

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  Gordonsville High School Senior Katie Grandstaff (left) is awarded a $2,000 scholarship from UCEMC’s Jasmine Byrnes in a ceremony at GHS on Friday, May 13. Katie was GHS’s winner of the UCEMC and Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association’s essay contest which gives high school juniors a chance to compete for a scholarship and a trip to Washington D.C. each year.

   Suppose you'll be a high school junior this fall, and your parents are Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation members. In that case, you are eligible to enter our essay contest coming up in November! Five students, one winner chosen from each high school in the Upper Cumberland, will represent the cooperative on an all-expense-paid trip to our nation's capital to see government in action and receive a $1,000 scholarship upon graduation. Students spend an exciting week visiting museums, monuments, and other landmarks.

Download contest rules here...

 

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UCEMC Essay Contest Winner Receives Scholarship

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UCEMC is proud to present Smith County High School senior Katie Ash with a $2,000 scholarship in a special ceremony at SCHS on May 6. Katie won the scholarship with her outstanding 900-word essay about one of the seven cooperative principles, Concern for the Community.  Each year, UCEMC sponsors an essay contest for high school juniors to compete for scholarships and a spot on the Washington Youth Tour. The WYT visits government offices, museums, and monuments at the nation's Capitol for a week of fun and learning. Congratulations, Katie! After the ceremony on Friday morning, shown above are L-R: Tammie Key, UCEMC Assistant General Manager; Katie Ash, SCHS senior; and Jasmine Byrnes, UCEMC Administrative Assistant. 

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Scammers are at it again!

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Several UCEMC members in Cookeville didn't take the bait and are warning you to be careful, too!

The caller-scammer identified himself as Christopher, a "lineman with UCEMC." He told our members that if they didn't pay $750 on their "past due" electric bill, the power would be shut off immediately. He put them through to another scammer, Brian Campbell, who instructed the members to go to the Dollar General Store, buy TWO "Money Pack" cards totaling the amount, and call back when they had completed the purchase.
Our members did the right thing and ended the call. While scammers can hijack numbers, these calls came from 931-283-8949 and 888-757-3566. The men had a foreign accent and were oblivious to the fact that "Linemen" in the U.S., at least, will NEVER try to collect money from members. Enjoy the hang-up and spread the word about these scammers!
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Burgess Falls Substation Kickstarts Economic Growth

 

Wayne Burgess Fall Substation Plans UCEMCUCEMC engineer Wayne Anderson looks over the layout of the recently completed Burgess Falls substation near Cookeville.

It’s named after a famous waterfall that attracts thousands of tourists to the state each year. Upper Cumberland EMC's Chief Engineer Wayne Anderson is confident that some of that "attraction mojo" will translate into economic development once the cooperative’s Burgess Falls Substation comes online. “This area is prime for growth,” says Wayne, as he walks around the newly-built facility near the Burgess Falls/ Baxter 1-40 East exit. "There's easy access, a golf course, recreation at the lake, and with all this flat land ready for development, it's bound to grow." Check out the full story by CLICKING HERE or on The Tennessee Magazine in the Newsroom tab above.

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Roaring River Challenges Storm Power Restoration

The Roaring River in Jackson County lived up to its name following the downpours from a stalled weather system over Middle Tennessee last week.

Upper Cumberland EMC's power lines cross the river at several points. Usually, they aren't a problem to service, but when UCEMC Linemen Darren Birdwell, Donny Garrison, Danny Jones, and Apprentice Groundsman Payton Boles ventured out to investigate outages in the area on Thursday night, the crew discovered something they didn't expect.

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Deep snow envelopes the Upper Cumberland

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As kids, we delighted in the sight. As adults, sometimes, not so much. The sparkling white snow fell relentlessly Thursday, and as the grown-ups searched the kitchen drawer for a ruler to star in the perfect social media pix, the kids ran outside to build the perfect snowman. So far, the dry snow has been kind to our power lines, and there are no reported outages at this time.  

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UCEMC Cares Board 2022

UCEMC CARES Incorporate

The UCEMC Cares Board of Directors announces new officers and a new board member for 2022. 

The new District 3 Director is Philip Marshall, who replaces retiring Director Mike Austin of Livingston. 

Greta Hurst of District 2 is elected Chairperson. Vice-Chair is Ken Frye from District 1. Carol Woodard is the new Secretary, and District 4's Minnie Clemons is elected Treasurer. 

The UCEMC Cares Board of Directors meets monthly to consider all applications for grants submitted to them by community organizations. More than one and a half million dollars in grants have been shared in the area since UCEMC Cares' inception in January 2014.

 

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The new and improved Member Portal is here!

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Paying Your Bill At UCEMC Just Got Easier!

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Congratulations Richard!

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UCEMC Engineering Director Wayne Anderson presents Staking Engineer Richard McClanahan with a certificate honoring him for 25 years of service to the cooperative. 

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Holiday Magic in Granville

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You're not seeing double. At the Historic Sutton Home, there's a beautifully decorated tree in every room. Granville is celebrating Holiday Magic now through December 31, and it's the place to be for those of us who aren't ready to decorate until after Thanksgiving. Hear traditional  music, eat a delicious lunch at Sutton General Store, shop for gifts, and enjoy "A Storybook Christmas in Mayberry," dinner theatre by The Sutton Store Players. Visit Granvilletn.com for more information on how you can get in the spirit of the season starting this weekend!

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What A Year!

UCEMC Members have had more than our share of challenges since our last in-person Annual Meeting. While we were still recovering from the deadly 2020 tornado that brutally tested our resolve, early 2021 ushered in a pandemic and an epic ice storm. For all of us living and working in the Upper Cumberland, what a year it has been! We’ve faced many challenges, but we’re blessed to count even more victories. Here’s a video review:

 
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The Simple Truth About Space Heaters

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When the winter temps drop into the teens and twenties, many UCEMC members will bring the space heater out of storage to supplement their home heating unit. Some advertisements indicate that portable electric heaters are highly efficient, and the truth is, they are designed to provide adequate short-term heat for a bathroom or other small area. Long-term use may be cost-prohibitive because, with a space heater, it's that constant flow of electricity that causes that wire to glow red-hot and produce heat.

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83rd Annual Meeting of the Members Webcast

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Above: UCEMC employees Wanda Geho and Jessica Reed serve members at the 2021 Annual Meeting Registration Event. 299 members were registered and we shared 575 picnic boxes of fish and chicken. Thank you for driving by! 

You weren't able to join us? Enjoy this webcast of the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Members.

Watch 83 Annual Meeting Tonight at 6pm

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Storm Relief in Baton Rouge in 2021

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Directorate Election Results Announced

Election Results 

Hundreds of Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation members turned out at district office polls on Friday and Saturday, voting to fill seats on the UCEMC Board of Directors in districts one, two, and three.
In District One, consisting of Smith, DeKalb, Wilson, and Macon counties, Bradley West defeated Joey Harper for the seat vacated by Mike Scudder.

Incumbent Board member Rony Myers defeated Mike Bowman to retain his seat in District Two consisting of Putnam and White counties.

Tim Sells was the victor against James Scarlett for the seat vacated by Glenn Honeycutt in District Three, comprising Overton, Clay, Fentress, and Pickett counties.

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UCEMC Directorate Election August 27 and 28

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One of the guiding principles of an electric cooperative is that it is a democratic organization controlled by its members who actively participate. This year, Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation is counting on its eligible members to get out and vote to fill the seats of three board members whose terms are expiring.

Before UCEMC holds the in-person 83rd Annual Meeting of the Members on September 11, voters must fill these three impending vacancies on the Cooperative’s Board of Directors. The board comprises nine members, and each year, at least three seats are up for election on a rotational basis.

The term of the incumbent director in District One, serving DeKalb, Macon, Smith, and Wilson counties, will expire, as will the term of the incumbent in District Two, serving Putnam and White Counties. In addition, the term of the incumbent in District Three serving Clay, Fentress, Overton, and Pickett counties is expiring.  

Qualifying candidates had a deadline of June 13 to file their petitions with UCEMC’s General Manager, Jennifer Brogdon, or Board secretary Alan Pippin. To keep this process separate from the Board of Directors, UCEMC has a Credentials Committee, which is appointed and acts under the Cooperative’s Bylaws. The Credentials Committee worked independently of the Board and has determined the eligibility of each petitioner to become a qualified candidate. This represents a continuous effort to be transparent and to encourage member participation. See the complete list of candidates at the bottom of this page.

Members may cast their ballots at any of the cooperative’s district offices.

*Due to ongoing construction at the Carthage District One office, members will vote at the UCEMC Corporate office this year.

Polls open Friday, August 27, and Saturday, August 28, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

*Carthage – UCEMC Corporate office – 907 Main Street, Carthage, TN. 37030

Cookeville – 1794 West Broad Street, Cookeville, TN. 38503

Livingston – 320 Celina Highway, Livingston, TN. 38570

Gainesboro – 1085 North Grundy Quarles Highway, Gainesboro, TN. 38562

    

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