With more students attending school remotely, use of electronic devices increase risk of electrical fires

Oct. 6, 2020 -- With many families utilizing remote learning this fall, West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation joins the National Fire Protection Association in urging added caution when using and charging laptops and other digital devices at home. According to NFPA’s most recent electrical fires report, about 900 computer or computer equipment fires occur in U.S. homes each year, leading to injuries and millions of dollars in property losses.

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West Kentucky RECC Advises Farmers To Remember Electrical Safety When Using Irrigation Equipment

July 27, 2020 --During the summer, farmers need regular rainfall to sustain proper crop growth and development. Because Western Kentucky has different types of soil, and summer storms are notorious for dropping heavy rains in one area while leaving others high and dry, irrigation equipment can be a valuable tool for farmers. However, it is critical to recognize and avoid electrical hazards when using irrigation equipment.

Operating pumps and other equipment in a damp environment increases the chance of equipment failure. Because the farmers themselves may be rain-soaked and muddy, their vulnerability to electric shock is also much greater.

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West Kentucky Rural Electric’s Annual Meeting Goes Online

June 22, 2020 – The 2020 Annual Meeting of Members of West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation will be held July 11, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Due to current health concerns, the meeting will be held online. Drive-through registration and voting will take place on Friday, July 10.

“We know the meeting is an important part of co-op membership and our goal is to provide a safe way for members to participate,” said WKRECC President &CEO David Smart.

The online meeting will be broadcast live on the co-op’s website, www.wkrecc.com. Members may also listen to the live meeting via FM radio at the WKRECC business office at 1218 West Broadway in Mayfield. Members choosing this option are asked to arrive between 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to register. There will be no food or entertainment during the meeting.

Registration

Members may register for the annual meeting from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020 at the following locations:

  • Calloway County High School Parking Lot
  • Carlisle County High School Parking Lot
  • Graves County High School Parking Lot
  • Marshall County High School Parking

Lot Members who register on July 10 will be asked to vote on proposed updates to the WKRECC Articles of Incorporation. Each registrant will be asked to vote YES or NO on the proposed changes. To review a summary, go to www.wkrecc.com or call 270-247-1321 to request a copy.

Local cooperatives donate to Needline

June 17, 2020 – Two local member-owned cooperatives have come together to offer financial support to agencies providing food and essential services to families in need.

West Kentucky and Tennessee Telecommunications (WK&T) and West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (WKRECC) today presented checks totaling nearly $34,000 to the Needline agencies in Benton, Mayfield and Murray.

“WK&T is happy to help the Needline food pantries in Graves, Calloway and Marshall counties during this time of crisis due to COVID-19,” said WK&T CEO Trevor Bonnstetter. “We recognize there are families in need and we want to help provide support to people in the communities where we live and serve.”

David Smart, WKRECC president & CEO, agrees: “These agencies play a critical role in the communities we serve, especially now when so many families are faced with unexpected financial hardship,” said Smart. “We value what Needline does and we want to help.”

WKRECC’s donations were made through a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) matching grant program for local power companies. The COVID-19 Community Care Fund matched funds committed by WKRECC’s board of directors, Smart explained. “We applaud TVA for recognizing the need and partnering with local power companies to assist the communities we serve,” said Smart.

Specific donations include:

  • Mayfield-Graves County Needline Food Pantry
    • West Kentucky Rural Electric $5,666
    • WK&T $5,666
  • Murray-Calloway County Needline Association
    • West Kentucky Rural Electric $5,666
    • WK&T $5,666
  • Marshall County Caring Needline
    • West Kentucky Rural Electric $5,666
    • WK&T $5,666

Headquartered in Mayfield, KY, WK&T provides advanced broadband, voice, video and security services to over 15,000 residential and business subscribers in Kentucky and Tennessee.

WKRECC is a community-focused electric cooperative created to deliver affordable, reliable energy to more than 38,000 homes, farms and businesses in Calloway, Carlisle, Graves, and Marshall counties. WKRECC distributes energy generated by the Tennessee Valley Authority.