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Youth Leadership Summit 2017

(April 7, 2017 – Centerville, Tennessee) – McEwen High School student Olivia Kennedy and Houston County High School student Colton Jernigan were in Nashville March 13-15 for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association’s annual Youth Leadership Summit. The juniors were sponsored by Meriwether Lewis Electric Colton Jernigan, Olivia Kennedy and Dawn Orton at the 2017 Youth Leadership Summit in NashvilleCooperative, and Member Services Assistant Dawn Orton served as chaperone.

In addition to a hands-on look at state government, delegates to the event learned team-building and problem-solving skills and developed a better understanding of their local electric cooperatives.  MLEC representatives also had the opportunity to meet with the legislators, Senator Kerry Roberts and Senator Mark Green.

 “These students will soon be our community leaders — and electric cooperative member-owners,” says MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan. “We want them to share our passion for our rural hometowns, so it is an honor for MLEC to help prepare them for the opportunities that are ahead. The future of our rural communities depends on a new generation of strong leaders like these.”

Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative, your trusted source for safe, low-cost, reliable electricity, is non-profit and member owned, providing more than energy to the over 33,500 members we serve in Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lewis and Perry counties.

The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association provides legislative and communication support for Tennessee’s 23 electric cooperatives and publishes The Tennessee Magazine, the state’s most widely circulated periodical. Visit or to learn more.  ###

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