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Middle Tennessee Electric crews head south for hurricane relief

Staff Reports • Sep 12, 2017 at 5:11 PM

Three five-man crews and one mechanic from Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. are on their way to north Georgia to join efforts to restore power after Hurricane Irma.

The crews departed Tuesday afternoon from the electric cooperative’s Murfreesboro office.

“We got the call [Tuesday] asking if we could send crews to assist with restoration efforts after Hurricane Irma,” said MTEMC president and chief executive officer Chris Jones. “MTEMC and a number of other electric cooperatives in Tennessee are responding to that call.

The crews that are going include one five-man crew from Wilson County. These five are foreman Dan Major, Adam Montgomery, Kirk Harris, Josh Jordan and Johnathan Lackey. They will be helping out at Snapping Shoals Emergency Medical Center just outside of Atlanta.

Jones said MTEMC’s line crews are eager to help when situations are at their worst.

“It is amazing to watch these guys when they know people are in need,” Jones said. “That’s when they’re at their best. We’re very proud of them.”

In addition to the crews heading to North Georgia, Middle Tennessee Electric sent two four-man crews to the Electric Power Board in Chattanooga to assist with restoration efforts.

The last time MTEMC was asked to assist in the wake of a hurricane was last year when Hurricane Matthew made landfall in Florida. Prior to that, crews rendered assistance after Hurricane Irene in 2011 and Hurricane Gustav in 2008. 

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