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Cullman Electric Co-op prepared for winter weather

With a snow storm expected to enter the Cullman Electric Cooperative service area during the day on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, Cullman EC employees have been making plans for several days in the event severe weather should cause any power outages.

“Snow by itself doesn’t generally cause outage issues,” said Kyle Baggett, Cullman EC vice president of engineering and operations. “Tree limbs breaking under weight of snow and vehicles hitting our poles typically cause the most problems in these conditions.”

Operations superintendent Jim Glasscock said linemen crews have made sure all service vehicles and bucket trucks are fueled and fully stocked with supplies. Plans are also in place should road conditions cause travel problems.

“We’ve had several meetings this week to prepare for this winter storm,”Glasscock said. “We have six service trucks, and those will be driven home tonight be employees who live in different areas of Cullman and Winston counties,”Glasscock explained. “That will help us respond quicker if we have any power outages. The closest person will respond to the trouble call. We have one crew foreman who will be staying at the office tonight, and will assist any standby crews if they need poles delivered. We have chains ready to put on our trucks if necessary, and everyone with a four-wheel drive company vehicle will take it home tonight so they can pick up other employees in the morning and bring them safely to the office if necessary.”

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To report a power outage, please call 256-737-3201.

Jobs fair coming to Cullman County on Feb. 28

The Cullman Jobs Fair will take place on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Wallace State Community College. The hiring industries include REHAU, LLC, Topre America
Corporation, and Alabama Cullman Yutaka Technologies, LLC. The following positions are available:

REHAU, LLC: Asst. Paint Line, Asst. Injection Molding, Asst. Fabrication, Maintenance Tech

Topre America Corporation: Maintenance Mechanic A, Die Maintenance

Alabama Cullman Yutaka Technologies, LLC: Industrial Maintenance Technician, Production Associate, Industrial Engineer, Die Maintenance

The Cullman Jobs Fair is designed to provide an opportunity for pre-screened applicants who qualify to be interviewed at the Cullman Jobs Fair on February 28th. Participants are strongly encouraged to visit the website, www.cullmanjobsnow.com to pre-register and complete the online application to be considered for an interview. Pre-registered applicants who are selected will receive notification for a scheduled time to interview.

Potential applicants should be 1) authorized to work in the U.S., 2) have no felony convictions in the past seven years, 3) possess a high school diploma or GED, 4) are not full-time employees at any of the three hiring companies. Applicants not meeting these pre-screening conditions may still participate
but will be referred to appropriate agencies on site for additional assistance and support.

Pre-registration is not required but strongly encouraged. Walk-ins may complete applications on site but there is no guarantee of an interview that day. Online pre-registration will close on February 24th at midnight, CST.

We encourage you to participate in the Cullman Jobs Fair on February 28th and discover Cullman as an ideal destination to work, live, and play. Visit  www.cullmanjobsnow.com.

For more information, contact the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce at 256-734-0454

Simple steps to save power during upcoming cold snap

Mother Nature appears ready to remind the Tennessee Valley that it is still winter this weekend as multiple masses of cold air are forecast to blanket the area from Thursday night through Monday.

With the drop in temperatures comes an increase in power use and, ultimately, utility bills, but consumers can limit those increases by taking a few simple steps.

“Small changes can make a big difference, such as lowering your home thermostat from 68 to 67 degrees,” said Jacinda Woodward, senior vice president of Transmission and Power Supply for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

“One degree of temperature really won’t affect the comfort of your home, but that small reduction can mean a savings of 3 percent on your power bill.”

Other quick, common sense tips that consumers can take to lower their electric bill can be found on TVA’s EnergyRight Solutions website and include:

• Keeping curtains open on clear days on the south side of the house, and closed on the north side, to allow the sun to help warm your home,
• Closing fireplace dampers when not in use to prevent warm air from escaping out of your chimney
• Using slippers or area rugs to keep your feet warm if you have hardwood or tile floors rather than turning up your heating system.

Looking ahead to the warmer days to come, visitors to the EnergyRight website can also discover the new eScore program, a partnership between TVA and your local power provider to combine expert advice with rebates on installed improvements and provide an impactful way to reduce utility bills in every season.

All of TVA’s available generating resources will be used to meet the higher demands expected over the weekend and, as a precaution, TVA has curtailed any non-critical maintenance activities on generating equipment and will be lowering the thermostat in its own facilities over the weekend.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.

OUTAGE REPORT — 9AM, WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014

Cullman Electric Cooperative has restored power to more than 14,000 co-op members since Monday evening. Crews are continuing to work to restore power for approximately 500 members today. Be sure to visit the Cullman EC Facebook page and Cullman EC Twitter account for regular updates.

OUTAGE REPORT — 7PM, TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014

Cullman Electric Cooperative is continuing work to restore power to more than 2,300 co-op members without power as of 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. All available crews are in the field working, and co-op crews from Sand Mountain EC (Rainsville), Central Alabama EC (Pratville) and Black Warrior EMC (Demoplois) are also assisting.

Be sure to visit the Cullman EC Facebook page, Cullman EC Twitter account and Instagram for live updates throughout the day.

Thank you for your patience as we work to restore power safely and as quickly as possible.

OUTAGE REPORT — 1PM, TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014

Cullman Electric Cooperative is continuing work to restore power to more than 5,100 co-op members without power as of 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. All available crews are in the field working, and co-op crews from Sand Mountain EC (Rainsville), Central Alabama EC (Pratville) and Black Warrior EMC (Demoplois) are also assisting.

Outage reports will be posted on the Cullman EC home page, but be sure to visit the Cullman EC Facebook page, Cullman EC Twitter account and Instagram for live updates throughout the day.

Thank you for your patience as we work to restore power safely and as quickly as possible.

OUTAGE REPORT — 11AM, TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014

Cullman Electric Cooperative is continuing work to restore power to more than 7,000 co-op members without power as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. All available crews are in the field working, and co-op crews from Sand Mountain EC (Rainsville), Central Alabama EC (Pratville) and Black Warrior EMC (Demoplois) are also assisting.

Outage reports will be posted on the Cullman EC home page, but be sure to visit the Cullman EC Facebook page, Cullman EC Twitter account and Instagram for live updates throughout the day.

Thank you for your patience as we work to restore power safely and as quickly as possible.

OUTAGE REPORT — 9AM, TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014

Cullman Electric Cooperative is working to restore power to more than 8,200 co-op members after severe thunderstorms passed through the service area on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. The phone line that serves Cullman EC’s office has been repaired, and we anticipate a high call volume throughout the day. All available crews are in the field working, and co-op crews from Sand Mountain EC (Rainsville) and Central Alabama EC (Pratville) are also assisting.

Outage Reports will be posted on the Cullman EC home page, but be sure to visit the Cullman EC Facebook page, Cullman EC Twitter account and Instagram for live updates throughout the day.

Thank you for your patience as we work to restore power safely and as quickly as possible.

OUTAGE REPORT — 7AM, TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014

Cullman Electric Cooperative is working to restore power to more than 11,000 co-op members after severe thunderstorms passed through the service area on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. The co-op’s phone system is temporarily down at this time. All available crews are in the field working, and co-op crews from Sand Mountain EC (Rainsville) and Central Alabama EC (Pratville) are also assisting.

Outage Reports will be posted on the Cullman EC home page, but be sure to visit the Cullman EC Facebook page and Cullman EC Twitter account for live updates throughout the day.

Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve all of the issues as quickly as possible.

Thousands take part in Cullman EC’s 2014 Annual Meeting

Cullman EC board chairman Robert Tidwell, standing, is handed a registration card by Caden Wilson, who drew 20 cards from the barrel to determine the winner of the 20 $100 power bill credits

Cullman EC board chairman Robert Tidwell, standing, is handed a registration card by Caden Wilson, who drew 20 cards from the barrel to determine the winner of the 20 $100 power bill credits at the 2014 Cullman EC Annual Meeting.

More than 3,500 people came out on a beautiful morning to participate in activities at Cullman Electric Cooperative’s 78th Annual Meeting on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at Northbrook Church.

Three seats on the Cullman EC board of trustees were voted on, and all three were won by the incumbent. In District 7, David Hembree was re-elected, while Sue Reynolds retained her spot as the board’s At-Large member. District 8 trustee Chad Alexander won his seat in an unopposed race. Members could vote by mail, starting in mid-August, or at the meeting. More than 7,000 ballots were cast by co-op members for this year’s election.

It was a perfect morning to be outside, and thousands of co-op members along with their family and friends came out to enjoy bucket truck rides, children’s inflatable games, a rock climbing wall, arts and crafts and free hot dogs, drinks and popcorn. Those who wanted to stay inside were treated to a concert by Southern gospel group Triumphant Quartet and visited the free health fair hosted by Cullman Regional Medical Center.

During the co-op’s business meeting, president & CEO Grady Smith announced that beginning on Oct. 1, 2014, residential members would see a $1 increase in the monthly customer charge. Other rate classes will see a proportional increase. At the same time, TVA has raised the rate the co-op pays for wholesale power by 1.5 percent. That increase will be passed along to members beginning in October as well. The TVA rate increase will amount to an additional $1.70 per month for the average residential account.

Cullman EC member Jerry Turner won the Chevy Colorado pickup truck, while Joseph and Heather Carter won the Chevy Malibu. The 20 co-op members who won a $100 credit on their power bill are:
Robbie E. Lee
Dewayne Creel
Randall Deaver
Cora B. Pitt
Glenda M. Bates
Travis L. White
Charles Hagemore
Susan Adams
Bobby J. Brock
George A. Baker
Tim M. Walker
Martin Rosta
Robert R. Taylor
Arthur A. Smith
Hazel Hammack
Aneta M. Lucas
Joseph Carpenter
Ronald L. Haney
Hosmer W. Cole
Arthur Rutherford