Everyone snacks, and those of us who are home this summer may be snacking a little more than usual. Snacking doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Actually, snacks can help keep us full to prevent overeating at our next meal and provide energy during the afternoon slump or before exercising. There…

During the spring and summer months in our area the conditions are right for dangerous storms. These potential weather events can cause destruction to our electrical system, but Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative crews are ready and standing by to respond should power outages occur in our area.

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We do our best to avoid them, but there’s no way around it: power outages occasionally happen.

At Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative, we recognize Electrical Safety Month every May, but we also know the importance of practicing safety year-round. From our co-op crews to you, the consumer-members we serve, we recognize that everyone has a part to play in prioritizing safety.

Every election cycle, we see an onslaught of poll results. If we don’t agree with the polls, we are quick to say, “Who did they poll? Nobody polled me!”

A springtime tune-up can prevent your air conditioning system from going on the fritz later, when the weather is so hot that you won’t want to be without the a/c for even a few hours.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Character Education. A few decades back, I began seeing colorful Character Education posters in schools. It was part of a curriculum that promoted the basic character traits: responsibility, cooperation, perseverance, kindness, honesty, and respect.

Your electric cooperative will never send anyone to your house to ask you if you need work done. And when someone does come for a legitimate reason, you’ll see a uniform, a truck with the cooperative’s logo on it and valid identification.

Election season is upon us, seemingly minutes after the last one ended. Early voting has begun in my neck of the woods. You can’t miss the landscape-littering signs and TV ads featuring gun-totin’ millionaires wearing plaid shirts because they’re just regular folks like us.

Here’s a blast from the past: a telephone attached to a wall. Nowadays, if we were suddenly confined to a phone cord that only allowed about ten feet of space, we’d go crazy. What? We can’t talk on the phone while on the porch, in the back yard, or most importantly, in the waiting room at th…

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Our increasingly connected world not only gives us the ability to connect with friends and family, it also gives scammers more opportunities to connect with unsuspecting consumers. To counteract these scams, local authorities, utilities and other businesses are working overtime to keep peopl…

On a recent Sunday night, my wife Cindy and I were among the thirteen Americans actually watching the Academy Awards. Of course, a few hundred million have now seen Will Smith spring from his front row seat, charging toward Chris Rock to avenge a tacky joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

Hot weather is still a couple of months way, but it’s not too early to think about whether your central air conditioning system can make it through one more summer.

At this stage of my life, I need a challenge. It’s time to take on something most people will never conquer. Sure, I could go the easy route and become a rocket scientist. Nah, let’s go with brain surgery, that might test my limits. Or if I wanted to excel physically, I could climb Mount Eve…

Each year March is designated as UT Extension Month across the state in Tennessee. UT Extension provides Real. Life. Solutions. throughout Tennessee. With an office in each of the state’s ninety-five counties, UT Extension helps Tennesseans to improve their quality of life and solve problems…

Spring is just around the corner and with it comes the desire to start to work on all the little things that need “fixing” around the house. There is a little bit of a do-it-yourselfer in everyone. But some projects are best left to professionals.

Thirteen years ago I gave in, and joined Facebook. It was at the urging of an old radio pal, who assured me my fears about Facebook were unfounded. Although I had often lectured my teenage sons about Facebook being a waste of time, my buddy told me that it was a great way to reconnect with f…

Electricity turns dark into light, makes hot foods cold and cold foods hot, washes the dishes and searches the internet. It is essential to our everyday lives, so much so that we rarely think about it. But behind the scenes, interesting things are happening.

A good friend of mine who happens to be an Atlanta Falcons fan frequently tells me, “Aim low, and you’ll never be disappointed.”

Please join us as we get food smart and work to prevent Food waste. Food Waste Awareness week is April 4-9, 2022. To celebrate Food Waste Awareness week in TN we are having a statewide food drive. The Food Drive will be throughout the month of March and until April 14, 2022. The food collect…

If you haven’t visited a school in recent years, you would be amazed at what you’ll find. Most of them, even in rural and low-income areas are awash in technology. Some provide computers or personal research tablet devices for each student. Everything one needs to know is just a click away.

While the cold, snowy and icy winter may be behind us, you may still be recovering from the chill of your winter electric bill. The SVEC call-centers have been flooded with inquiries from members wondering why electric bills for February were higher than normal. The higher bills were the res…

When I talk about my latest book to civic groups, I use a surefire laugh line. The book includes a listing of thousands of famous people who have visited my hometown of Chattanooga. While compiling the book, I requested and received a list of the acts that played our largest arena. I copied …

Lighting up your yard will keep the burglars away, right? That’s mostly true, but like a lot of things in life, it’s not that simple. A brightly-lit yard could make it easier for the bad guys to see during a break-in.

March is Extension Month in Tennessee. Extension is a national educational program supported by USDA through the nation’s land-grant universities and administered with funding from state and local governments. In Tennessee, there are Extension offices in each of the 95 counties, and the Grun…

The first time I noticed it was in the 1970s. The Generation Gap had arrived at my junior high school. The principal was in his sixties, and he was the personification of the term “old school.”

Next to heating and cooling your home, heating your water uses more energy than anything else in the house. Your family probably spends around 18 percent of your utility dollars on water heating, according to U.S. Department of Energy estimates.

As an avid social media user, I enjoy collecting misspellings, misinterpretations and other mishaps. When I began using them in my columns, the response was encouraging. Many of you began sending in additional AutoCorrect and texting fails, poorly worded signs, and embarrassing invitations. …

I am pretty darn excited about the weather this week, that big ball of sunshine certainly does wonders for the soul. As of late, I have become a birdwatcher. The bird feeders and the daily hub of activity surrounding them bring me so much peace and happiness. Who knew?! Today on the show, we…

As we approach the two-year mark of COVID, I sense a lot of confusion. I see two worlds in my own zip code. There’s one in which churchgoers are masked, cautious, and separated. In the other, restaurant patrons are partying like it’s 1999.