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Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation Crews to Assist with Hurricane Michael Recovery Efforts in Georgia

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 cooperatives in Georgia as the biggest storm in 13 years brings life-threatening storm surges and 145 mph winds to the Panhandle.

 

General Manager Jimmy Gregory says UCEMC crews always respond quickly to help surrounding co-ops. “Strong storms like this can leave thousands of people without power,” Gregory said. “The working conditions are difficult and the hours are long, but it’s good to know that if we had a big storm here, we could count on our neighboring co-ops to help us.”

 

The massive hurricane is expected to leave widespread power outages across much of the northeastern Gulf Coast. UCEMC crews will be in place to assist as soon as it is safe to work.

 

“Ten of us are headed down there and we’re taking digger trucks, bucket trucks and other equipment to help restore power,” Foreman Joe Frizzell said.  We ask that everyone keep those who are hardest hit by this storm in your thoughts and prayers.” Frizzell and his crew join more than 80 other line workers from electric co-ops across Tennessee who will be assisting with hurricane recovery efforts. The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association in Nashville is coordinating requests for mutual aid and makes travel and lodging arrangements for crews who respond.

 

UCEMC is owned by those it serves and provides safe, reliable and affordable energy to more than 50,000 members in Smith, Putnam, Jackson, Overton, and fringe areas of Macon, DeKalb, Wilson, White, Clay, Fentress and Pickett counties.


Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation Sending Crews to North Carolina

Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (UCEMC) will be packing up early Friday morning, September 14 – preparing to send line workers and equipment to North Carolina in advance of Hurricane Florence.

 

The massive hurricane is expected to leave widespread damage across much of the Atlantic seaboard, and UCEMC crews will be in place to assist Four County Electric in Burgaw, NC, as soon as it is safe to work.

 

“We’ll be sending two construction crews; ten line workers, two digger trucks, bucket trucks and other equipment to help restore power in the difficult days ahead,” says Jimmy Gregory, General Manager of UCEMC. ”They’ll be working long days in difficult conditions, but our crew didn’t hesitate to respond to the call for help. As the crews pack up to leave, we’ll be reviewing the additional layers of safety precautions that are unique to the situation they’ll be facing out there. These workers are going in to a dangerous area. We ask that everyone keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers.”

 

Crews will be ready to leave immediately from the UCEMC Cookeville District facility for the more than eight-hour journey. It is unclear how long they will be in North Carolina.

 

“Any time you have a major storm like this, people are going to need help,” says Jason Moss, a Working Line Foreman with UCEMC. “One day, we might be in this situation here in the Upper Cumberland and we’ll need someone to help us get the lights on. It’s just the right thing to do.”

 

Moss joins some 80 other line workers from electric co-ops across Tennessee who will be assisting with hurricane recovery efforts. The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association in Nashville is coordinating requests for mutual aid and makes travel and lodging arrangements for crews who respond.

 

“Our crews have a reputation for responding quickly, working safely and showing compassion to those who have been impacted by storms like this one,” says David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “We appreciate our employees’ desire to serve and wish them well in the days to come.”

 

UCEMC is owned by those it serves and provides safe, reliable and affordable energy to more than 50,000 members in Smith, Putnam, Jackson, Overton, and fringe areas of Macon, DeKalb, Wilson, White, Clay, Fentress and Pickett counties.

 

Crews sent to North Carolina and Georgia to restore power to millions

Agricultural Sales and Use Tax Certificates

Every four years, the Department of Revenue reissues agricultural certificates of exemption to all current exemption holders. Renewed certificates are mailed during the latter part of December before the end of the certificate's expiration date (certificates for the current period expire December 31, 2019).  New certificates have an effective date of January 1st of the following year, and they will expire on December 31st  four years later.

 

Members claiming the agricultural exemption on their purchases are required to give their supplier an exemption certificate that includes the Agricultural Sales Number.   In order to remain tax exempt, UCEMC members who are exempt are responsible for furnishing UCEMC their Agricultural Sales Certificate information.

SCAM ALERT

UCEMC would like to notify our members of the "service disconnection" scam.  The scam begins with an urgent phone call by someone pretending to be an electric cooperative employee. The caller warns the consumer that electric service to their home or business will be disconnected unless immediate payment is made. 


UCEMC members are encouraged to contact your local office if there is any suspicious activity or if they wish to confirm the identity of anyone claiming to be a representative.


Please visit the following link to avoid energy scams. www.tnelectric org