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.


West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation Annual Meeting 2020

The 2020 Annual Meeting of Members of West Kentucky RECC will be held July 11, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Due to current health concerns, the 2020 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 your co-op membership and our goal is to provide a safe way for members to participate.

The view will go live at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2020.

Members may also choose to listen to the meeting live via FM radio at the West Kentucky RECC business office at 1218 West Broadway in Mayfield. If you plan to listen from the parking lot, please arrive between 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to register. Please note, there will be no voting at the Mayfield office on Saturday. To vote, you MUST register on FRIDAY, July 10.

There will be a very limited number of seats available (about 30) for members to attend the meeting in the West Kentucky Community Room. If you’re interested, please call 270-251-6927 for reservations. There will be no food, entertainment or prizes awarded during the meeting.


The following locations will be open for registration and voting from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 10, 2020:

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

Please bring photo identification to register/vote. To speed registration, please bring a copy of your WKRECC bill so staff can scan the bar code. Prepay and online account users may bring their kiosk tag. Registration will be completed with the member’s name and address if no bar code is available.

Articles of Incorporation

West Kentucky RECC members will be asked to vote on proposed updates to the Co-op’s Articles of Incorporation. Review these proposed changes by clicking on the PROPOSED ARTICLES box on the right or call 1-877-495-7322 to request a printed copy.

Board of Directors

On April 9, 2020, the West Kentucky RECC Nomination Committee met at the Mayfield office and presented the following nominees (all for 4-year terms):

  • District 1 (Calloway County) – Mike Burchett
  • District 2 (Carlisle County) – Kevin Crider
  • District 3 (Graves County) – Mark Elliott
  • District 4 (Marshall County) – Dennis Barnes

*All the nominees listed above were unopposed and will be elected by acclamation during the business session on July 11.

Gifts and Door Prizes

Your registration packet will include a gift voucher that may be redeemed any time after Aug. 15 at any WKRECC business office. All registrants will be entered to win door prizes. Winners will be selected at random and announced during the meeting. Prizes will be mailed to the recipients. Please note, there will be no food or entertainment this year.

Water and Electricity Don’t Mix

West Kentucky RECC reminds members of electrical dangers around pools and lakes

All winter you’ve waited to open your pool, bring out the boats and soak up the sun! But before you dive into all the summer fun, West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative reminds you that dangers can lurk inside pools and lakes. Remember: water and electricity don’t mix!

Safety in or around pools

It’s easy to hop out of the pool and not think about turning up the radio or jumping in and making a huge splash all over electrical appliances. But doing so can be dangerous. Instead, use battery-operated appliances or waterproof covers for items near the pool when possible. This way, you and your family can enjoy the day without worry of electrical shock.

If someone in the pool feels electricity (almost like a stinging feeling) or appears to have been shocked, do not dive in—you could be shocked, too! Instead, turn off all the power to the pool and use a non-metal shepherd’s hook to pull him or her out of the water to safety. (If you do not know which circuit breakers go to your pool, make a note now to find out before you need to know.)

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West Kentucky RECC responsive to Coronavirus concerns

Disconnects postponed, offices to close to visitors, credit card fees waived

(Mayfield, Ky.) March 17, 2020 – With the uncertainty created by the Coronavirus pandemic, West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative knows that the people we serve are facing many concerns. Guided by cooperative values, we are dedicated to doing what we can to fulfill our civic duty and live up to the trust that our members place in us to bring them safe, affordable and reliable power. Here are several changes in business operations related to the ongoing health concerns posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • First, recognizing the hardships some members will experience due to COVID-19, starting March 17, 2020, WKRECC, in consultation with the Tennessee Valley Authority, will postpone disconnects for non-payment for a limited time. For bills with due dates beginning Monday, March 23, late fees will also be waived. We will continue to monitor the situation and update this guidance as appropriate. Members facing financial difficulty during this time should call WKRECC at 1-877-495-7322.
    West Kentucky RECC President & CEO David Smart says the co-op is committed to working with and for co-op members and the communities it serves during this difficult period. “We realize that our members are worried about financial uncertainty and we are taking steps to address those concerns,” said Smart.
    Members are reminded that it remains the responsibility of each account holder to ultimately pay for electric service. Bills will continue to be sent as usual. Members who can make payments, even partial payments, are urged to do so, to help avoid a larger balance in the future.
  • Second, starting Wednesday morning, March 18, 2020, WKRECC will close all three of its business offices in Mayfield, Murray and Benton to the public to help protect the health and safety of members and staff. Line crews will continue to respond as needed to maintain a reliable power supply. Though the office lobbies are closed, members may utilize:
    • Drive-through windows at Mayfield and Murray
    • Night deposit boxes at all three locations
    • Online and phone payment options
    • Payment kiosks.
  • Finally, starting Monday, March 23, 2020 and continuing while offices are closed, WKRECC will suspend collection of credit card fees for drive-through, online and phone payments. Please note, fees for kiosk payments are charged by the kiosk vendor and are not collected by WKRECC. Kiosk fees will not change.

“We stand ready to work with our members to meet their needs over the weeks ahead. We appreciate the patience of our members as we adjust to public health concerns and we will continue to provide the excellent customer service our members expect, albeit through non-traditional methods. Please call us if you have questions or concerns—we’re ready to help,” said Smart.

West Kentucky RECC is a community-focused electric cooperative created to deliver affordable, reliable, and sustainable energy to more than 38,000 homes, businesses, farms, and schools. West Kentucky RECC is owned and led by the members we serve in Calloway, Carlisle, Graves, and Marshall counties and distributes energy generated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. For more information, visit our website at https://wkrecc.com/.

For more information:

Georgann Lookofsky, Communications & Media Relations Coordinator
270-251-6927, 270-804-1701 or glookofsky@wkrecc.com

West Kentucky Community Room and COVID-19

March 16, 2020, Mayfield, Ky – In light of concerns regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative will not accept new reservations for use of the West Kentucky Community Room until after April 30, 2020. At that time, we will evaluate whether the suspension should be extended based on developments with COVID-19.

Also, in keeping with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and our local health departments, a 50-person limit will be enforced for all events already on the schedule, now through April 30 and perhaps longer, if needed. If your event is expected to exceed 50 people, please reconsider your plans or seek an alternate venue.

These restrictions will help protect our members and their families as well as our staff. Healthcare experts across the country emphasize that limiting social contact is necessary to help limit the spread of the virus.

We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to continuing to provide this wonderful meeting space for our members when the current health concerns have passed.