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2019
March
18,
2019
Ask any parent about their responsibilities raising children and you’ll often hear the word “teach.” You’ll hear it used in examples like, “teach my kids how to tie their shoe” or “teach my kids how to ride a bike.” As a dad who recently became an...
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February
13,
2019
Shopping choices these days can be overwhelming! Even with the simple things, like toothpaste, it can be a real struggle to pick out which flavor and what features I want – cinnamon or peppermint, to whiten or not to whiten? And heaven forbid I h...
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January
14,
2019
When a powerful storm hits a community, the images on TV show the devastation Mother Nature can dish out. Whether it’s heavy rain, wind, snow or ice, severe weather can cause large scale outages. When that happens, Jackson EMC stands ready to res...
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2018
December
12,
2018
Just like a family reunion, our retirees gather annually to spend time with each other and to hear what’s happening in the cooperative. There are plenty of stories shared, welcoming hugs and time together. It’s a chance to reunite with dear friends, ...
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November
13,
2018
Not too long ago, we received a thank you card from a member who appreciated the exceptional care she received from Lisa Miller, one of our customer service representatives. The member wrote how grateful she was for Lisa’s kindness and helpful...
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October
10,
2018
Back when my kids started a new year in elementary school, one of the things I enjoyed seeing were the “All About Me” stories. If you have young children, you may know what I’m talking about. On the first day of school, a teacher asks students to,...
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August
21,
2018
If you’re like me, knowing you’re saving a few bucks just feels good. Take, for example, that feeling you get when the item you were planning to buy at the store is now on sale. It feels like a little bonus, doesn’t it? Or, instead of hiring s...
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July
17,
2018
In the electric utility industry, it’s not unusual to read headlines like these from around the country: “Raccoons cause weekend power outage” “Snake causes widespread power outage” And, “Squirrel knocks out power to thousands” You ma...
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June
20,
2018
Let me ask: Do you remember where you were on Y2K? I may be showing my age here, but I bet that you were watching what would happen at midnight that night. As for me, I was in a control room monitoring what, if anything, could happen to our system...
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May
10,
2018
Like many parents, before my kids could crawl, I made sure my house would keep them safe. I installed child-proof latches on the kitchen cabinets, so they couldn’t open the doors. I removed tiny (and tempting!) objects they could possibly place in...
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April
18,
2018
I’ll bet that you didn’t know that April is lineman appreciation month. Well, it is! And every April at Jackson EMC we set aside time to honor this dedicated group of professionals by giving them our appreciation. We’d love for you to join us. If ...
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March
13,
2018
OK, I admit it. I’m impressed with what kids nowadays accomplish. I mean, when I was a kid, playing to win against the aliens in Space Invaders was tough stuff. I still listened to music on record players. My definition of a pen pal meant writing an ...
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February
13,
2018
We all know someone – perhaps even ourselves – who has been the target of a scam. It can be tough to spot a scam when the criminals have become pretty good at pretending to be legitimate organizations, like a bank or utility company. What makes it...
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January
12,
2018
As a cooperative, we’re fundamentally connected to the communities we serve. We’re blessed to have so many employees with big hearts who are investing countless hours in their communities. Take, for example, Melanie Berryman in our Neese office. M...
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2017
December
01,
2017
I love a good New Year’s resolution. When the New Year begins, a few good resolutions help me feel like I am starting the year off strong. The New Year represents an opportunity for a fresh start and a new perspective. I think it’s also the perfect a...
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November
06,
2017
If your family is like mine, it’s been a whirlwind since summer ended. Back to school. Family gatherings. Packed calendars. Busy times. But with Thanksgiving, there’s the blessing of slowing down – even for just a little while – to afford reflecti...
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October
11,
2017
I learned early on what the word “cooperate” meant. When you’re raised with siblings, it’s one of the main things your parents teach you—to get along, to play fair and work together, to cooperate. As an electric cooperative, Jackson EMC’s business...
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August
07,
2017
I never cease to be amazed by how what once was science fiction is now reality. There are examples all around us. Take debit cards, for instance. Other than the occasional barter, paying with cash was how most people conducted business until just ...
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July
14,
2017
There was a time as a child when I thought “budget” was a bad word. I wasn’t sure exactly what the word meant, but I knew that most times it meant we didn’t have the money for something I thought I needed. Maybe you experienced it, too. “Dad, can ...
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June
08,
2017
June. What a great month! School’s out, pools are open, fish are biting, and the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie is out. It’s also the month I get to celebrate being a father to two amazing kids and a great dad who taught me about life at a coopera...
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May
05,
2017
In 1939 Washington Electric Co-op published this Q&A to educate members about the danger associated with electricity. Q: “If I should want to do something to my wire, is it all right if I put a ladder on the pole and turn off the transformer?” A:...
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April
03,
2017
The best coaches know that no single player can take the team to triumph. It takes all teammates working cohesively together to win the game. New York Knicks president Phil Jackson knows a thing or two about teamwork. The former NBA player and coa...
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March
12,
2017
My family always volunteered at our area Special Olympics. I joined my parents at the annual event as soon as I was old enough to help out, or at least not be in the way. I think I was about 10 years old. In rural Mississippi, I watched our community...
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February
05,
2017
I ordered several bags full of food from a popular chicken restaurant not long ago. When I arrived at the window, I realized I didn’t have any money. I had forgotten my wallet at home. I looked up at the cashier and embarrassingly explained the situa...
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January
01,
2017
With each New Year, it seems, I promise to put a priority on those things that reflect my best interests. I resolve to lose a little weight to keep fit. I plan to exercise on a routine basis to keep my energy up. I tell myself I’ll do at least one...
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2016
December
08,
2016
At this time of year, I’m reminded of my father’s knack for saving a nickel. It’s a life lesson for which I’m thankful. When I was growing up, Christmas mornings started with excitement and ended with fulfillment. No matter what gifts we discovere...
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November
15,
2016
There’s a new function on my phone that tells me when I need to go to bed to get the hours of sleep I will need based on the morning alarm I’ve set. I never knew I’d need something like that. But, these days seem to flow from one into the next, fille...
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October
09,
2016
Did you ever just want to build something? Have a hankering to get in the garage or shop or the craft room and work on a project? For me, these are satisfying times; using my hands and tools to get something done. My wife is particularly good at p...
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August
09,
2016
A few years ago, some mechanical engineering students built a shoe that used the energy produced when walking to power an LED light. Now, they’re using that kinetic energy to charge cell phones, smartwatches, GPS devices and other portable electronic...
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July
14,
2016
Most members see their highest bills during the summer. But, while they are the highest you see all year, Jackson EMC members pay some of the lowest rates in the state. To keep rates low we accurately forecast how much electricity we’ll need, build r...
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