MTEMC linemen compete in recent Linemen Rodeo

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:41 PM

Four linemen from Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. participated in the 2014 Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo June 6-7 in Bowling Green, Ky. 

The annual event draws teams from utilities across the Tennessee Valley to compete in a variety of events. 

Gregg Hale from the Lebanon district office, Danny Crawford from the Franklin district office, Chris Gossett from the Franklin district office and B.J. Bobo from the Murfreesboro district office represented MTEMC in four categories, including apprentice, team, journeyman and senior. 

“Linemen work very hard every day, building and repairing lines, ensuring the overall reliability of the electrical grid in their service territories,” said MTEMC President Chris Jones. “They are the unsung heroes who stand at the ready to respond to outages caused by storms, accidents or anything else that may knock out the power. They are the ones who, through their tireless efforts, help ensure the system reliability of member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives.” 

The events linemen competed in are areas they have experience performing in day-to-day duties. Jumper replacement, phase swap, transformer change, and Hurtman rescue are just a few of the timed events teams and individuals competed in this year. 

Two of MTEMC’s linemen took home honors in events this year. Hale was third place in the overall competition and Crawford took home third place in the Individual Journeyman Cutout and Arrestor Change event. 

More information on the 2014 rodeo can be found at tnrodeo.com. 

MTEMC linemen work hard in all types of weather, performing daily maintenance and also quickly responding to outages 24-hours a day, seven days a week. 

Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corp. is a member-owned, not-for-profit cooperative providing electricity to more than 198,000 residential and business members in Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford and Cannon counties. 

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