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Jackson EMC Linemen Take Top Place at Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo

A journeyman lineman team from Jackson EMC was named the top overall team competing at the Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo, held May 7 in Fort Valley. Linemen from across the state compete in a series of events showcasing traditional lineman skills and tasks. 

Jackson EMC sent two journeyman teams and 15 apprentices to the state competition. A total of 23 journeyman teams and 70 apprentices competed at the Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo. Apprentices compete as individuals, while journeymen compete in teams of three. This year's competition consisted of journeyman teams and apprentices testing their skills in three events. 

“A lineman’s job is complex but rewarding. These events allow our linemen to refine and demonstrate to others the skills needed to perform as a lineman,” said Tommy Parker, Jackson EMC’s managing director of operations. “The preparation for this competition requires a dedication to the profession and teamwork.” 

A journeyman team of Jeremy Adams, Kaleb Chapman and Matt Tolar, of Gainesville, finished as the top overall team, first among electric cooperatives, first in the hurtman rescue, first in the polymer changeout, and third in the 8’ wooden crossarm changeout. 

A journeyman team of Austin Gragg, Devin Triplett and Justin Cash, of Jefferson, finished in 12th place among electric cooperatives and 14th overall. 

In the apprentice division, Jackson EMC apprentices placed in the following events: 

• Carter Kelling, of Gwinnett, finished fourth overall and fourth among cooperatives. 

• Walt Palmer, of Gwinnett, finished third in the switch relocation event, sixth overall and seventh among cooperatives. 

• Austin Yearwood, of Gainesville, finished third in the hurtman rescue. 

• Austin Lewis, of Gwinnett, finished ninth overall and ninth among cooperatives in the apprentice division. 

• Shawn Thurston, of Gwinnett, finished in 11th among electric cooperatives and 11th overall. 

• T.J. Witherell, of Jefferson, finished in 13th among electric cooperatives and 13th overall. 

• Michael Rodriguez, of Gwinnett, finished in 14th among electric cooperatives and 15th overall.