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A new movie star, safety, and service

Big screen message

5-4-3-2-1. . . Before Danville residents watch a movie on the big screen, they see an ad from Inter-County Energy. The cooperative is promoting its ENERGY STAR Appliance and Button-Up programs at Danville 8 Cinemas. The two 30-second ads are shown on all eight screens three minutes before the feature begins. The ads have proven so effective the cooperative is continuing them throughout 2016.

“More than 160,000 people saw the ads last year,” says Dan Hitchcock, vice president of Member Services and Communications for Inter-County Energy. “This is a low-cost way to be able to reach such a large audience.”

Studying safety

Thanks to Shelby Energy Cooperative, fourth-graders at Cornerstone Elementary are learning about electrical safety in addition to their regular subjects.

Shelby Energy at Cornerstone Elementary
Shelby Energy’s Richard Spoonamore, left, line technician, and Eric Chumbley, right, Safety and Environmental supervisor, are pictured with their tabletop safety demonstration shown to the Cornerstone Elementary fourth-grade class. Photo: Laurie Gutermuth

“Shelby Energy always makes safety its number-one priority,” says Debra J. Martin, president and CEO of Shelby Energy. “Every year, Shelby Energy visits area schools and other organizations to perform a live electrical safety demonstration. Demonstrators also talk with the children about the importance of following safety rules around power lines.”

Building for the future

The new headquarters building for South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation is well under way. The vacant Sumerset Houseboat property off Parks Mill Road is being remodeled, with additions that should greatly improve access for South Kentucky

South Kentucky RECC new building
South Kentucky RECC CEO Allen Anderson, left, meets with new headquarters project manager Steve Wilson, with construction firm D.W. Wilburn, to discuss progress on the building. Photo: Joy Bullock
RECC members, according to CEO Allen Anderson.

“Our current facility served us well for more than 60 years,” Anderson notes. “We finally have reached the structure’s and location’s capacity to incorporate many necessary technologies and to provide the level of service our members deserve and expect.”

South Kentucky RECC expects to move into the new building in November.

Debra Gibson Isaacs from June 2016 Issue

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