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Pitching in, lending a hand

Hey, batter, batter


When his son Hunter took an interest in baseball, Dad Kyle Hewett took to the field as well. He hit balls to the players to help them learn to catch. He swung bats and corrected swings. He pitched balls to the beginning batters. Kyle jumped in and helped the coaches anywhere he was needed.

Jumping in and helping weren’t skills Kyle needed to learn. He had honed them for 14 years at Tri-County Electric. Kyle is a line crew foreman, working with his fellow crew members to connect electricity to new homes and facilities as well as repairing lines after storms.

Today, Hunter is into dirt bikes and four-wheelers. And once again, Dad Kyle is jumping in and helping him learn to ride.

Caring during pandemic


Kentucky’s electric cooperatives are well-known for their focus on communities, and that focus has been particularly important in battling COVID-19. When Warren RECC got the chance to partner with the Tennessee Valley Authority to help members in need, Warren RECC President and CEO Dewayne McDonald jumped at the chance. 

Garry McKinney of Morgantown Mission, which has a food bank that benefited from Warren RECC’s donation, loads food for distribution. Photo: Lynn Pendley

Through the partnership, Warren RECC was able to donate $40,000 to two worthy causes. It added funds to its Operation Warm Hearts program, which provides assistance to consumer-members who need help paying their electric bill. The co-op also donated to six food banks throughout its service territory.

“We are delighted to partner with the Tennessee Valley Authority to aid our members through our Operation Warm Hearts program as well as through donations to our local food banks,” McDonald says. “Part of our mission at Warren RECC is concern for our communities. This partnership is a wonderful opportunity for us to lend a helping hand to our communities during this uncertain time.”

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