Middle Tennessee Electric's Annual Meeting set for August 21st

August 11, 2010
Ken Griffith
Dan Smith

Middle Tennessee Electric's Annual Meeting will be held Aug. 21 at Embassy Suites Murfreesboro - Hotel and Conference Center located next to The Avenue shopping center.

"This year's theme is built around energy efficiency and conservation," MTEMC Vice President of Communications and Member Services Chris Jones said. "We can't change the increasing costs of fuels used to produce power and purchased power costs, but we can use less energy and be more wise in our energy usage decisions."

The meeting, which will begin at 7:30 a.m., will feature the crowning of a new Miss MTEMC and include a used truck giveaway.

Two candidates, Ken Griffith and R. Dan Smith, are in the running to fill a vacant seat on the board of directors in District 4B (Wilson County)

Griffith is the owner and a photographer at Griffith’s Studio and Frame Gallery in Lebanon. He and his wife, Jeanie, live in Liberty. He’s a deacon at Salem Baptist Church, a Salem Cemetery Fund board member, past secretary of Music City Professional Photographers and a member of Wilson County Chamber of Commerce, Burrell’s Presidential Circle and Tennessee Southeast Professional Photographers.

Smith is a farmer and 48-year member. He and his wife, Vondie, live in Lebanon. He’s an Agriculture Hall of Fame member since 2009. The MTEMC Director has formerly served as secretary for four years and has served as secretary, vice president and president of Wilson Farmers Co-op, past president of Tennessee Farmers Co-op and on the Advisory Committee for Bank for Cooperatives in Louisville, Ky. He is president of the Wilson County Farm Bureau Board and a member of the Church of Christ.

The meeting gives members an opportunity to vote on the MTEMC Board of Directors, sit in on a business session, receive a free health screening and be eligible for a number of door prizes, including a 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck.

As always, the Miss Middle Tennessee Electric beauty pageant is part of the day's events. Twenty-seven contestants ages 16-21 will compete for the title. The winner will have her choice of $1,000 cash or a trip to Washington D.C. as part of the Rural Electric Youth Tour, valued at $1,200. The first and second runners-up also earn prizes.

As part of its bylaws, MTEMC has held a members' meeting every year since the not-for-profit cooperative was organized in 1936 by a group of Middle Tennessee citizens. The organization has grown to become one of the largest electrical cooperatives in the country. MTEMC has a membership of approximately 185,000 residences, businesses and industries in Rutherford, Williamson, Wilson, Cannon and surrounding counties.

Members who can't make it to the meeting but who wish to vote on the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee candidates may vote at their local offices. Voting at the Franklin, Lebanon, Murfreesboro, Mt. Juliet, Smyrna and Woodbury offices will be Aug. 16-20 from 8 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.

For more information, call MTEMC's Communications and Member Services Department at (615) 494-1545.

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