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Power Outage Update - September 1

(September 1, 2017) — Losing ground, but not our spirit. Continued heavy rains, increased wind speeds, and saturated grounds are not playing nice with electric equipment today. As some repairs are made, the weather is creating even more.

With the ground being so soft, poles, connected equipment, and trees are leaning and falling taking electric equipment with them.  At present, some 1700 MLEC members are without power. Rest assured that crews and additional hands are already in the area to assist.

Broadband Survey Underway

(August 11, 2017) – Tennessee legislation passed earlier this year allows electric cooperatives such as Meriwether Lewis to offer broadband internet to their members. To evaluate access, interest and other related information, MLEC is conducting a survey of all households, businesses and organizations in its five-county service area.

Scammers Targeting MLEC Businesses

Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative is again warning members about phone scams. Callers are linking themselves with MLEC & TVA, claiming the business owner’s account is past due, that there is a team coming to disconnect them. The most recent incidents have occurred in Hickman County.

And the rains came down...

Heavy rains in Perry County caused flooding, downed trees and widespread power outages in the early morning hours of July 28. Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative lineworkers began responding to calls as early as 1:30 a.m. on Friday to restore electricity.  At this time some 500 members are without power and scattered throughout the county with the largest outage in the Cypress Creek area.

Board Candidates Announced

(July 26, 2017) — Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative announced candidates for its board of directors today. Those filing the required paperwork and meeting set qualifications to be considered as a candidate on the October 2017 ballot include:

District I Hickman County – Incumbent Wayne Qualls

MLEC Community Involvement in Lewis County

Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative has a desire to help the communities we serve and was able to help contribute community involvement funds to the following Lewis County organizations: Lewis County Senior Citizens, Lewis County School System, Lewis County Cancer Victims, and the Hohenwald Fraternal Order of Police (Back Pack Program). Each group received a check for $500. Pictured are Lewis County Senior Citizens Director Becky Carroll (center) and MLEC Board Members Bill Webb (left) and Dr.

MLEC Community Involvement in Perry County

Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative has a desire to help the communities we serve, was honored to contribute $500 in community involvement funds to the Perry County Food Bank. The funds received will support the purchasing of food for clients of the food bank. Pictured above is Sue Holder (left), representing Perry County Food Bank Plus and MLEC Board Member Tommy Graham (right).

Right-of-Way Spraying Underway

Chempro has been contracted by Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative (MLEC) to help control the growth of woody stemmed vegetation within the overhead power line right of way in Perry County and parts of Hickman County.  Work is currently underway and will continue until the end of September.

Arcadia Power Provides Renewable Energy Certificates

Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative has heard that members from other Tennessee electric cooperatives were contacted by Arcadia Power. We urge members of our co-op to thoroughly research Arcadia Power and fully understand what they offer before signing up.

After-Hours Change for Reporting Outages - May 17

(May 1, 2017) — In mid-May, Meriwether Lewis Electric Co-op is changing where, and how, outages are reported after hours. The number will be publicized closer to the tentative switch date of May 17.

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