Jackson Purchase Energy Holds Annual Meeting; Presents Awards to Students; Board Elects Officers

June 04, 2015

Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation (JPEC) held its 2015 annual membership meeting on Tuesday, June 2, at the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center in Paducah.

402 members registered for the meeting.  Cooperative officials estimated total attendance at approximately 800 people – including friends and relatives who accompanied registered members to the meeting.

During the business meeting, members approved the minutes of the 2014 annual meeting.  They also reviewed and approved the 2014 financial report as presented by Chairman Gary Joiner.

Newly-elected President and CEO Dennis L. Cannon was introduced to the members by Joiner.  In his comments, Cannon shared information about his professional background -- including 20 years of electric utility industry experienced gained as an executive at the Louisville-based Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives (KAEC).  He also remarked on his early life living and working on a small farm in north Christian County.

Cannon commended the board of directors and employees of the cooperative for their dedication to providing superior customer service and delivering reliable, affordable, and safe electricity to the utility’s 29,600 members throughout the six-county JPEC service territory.  Cannon concluded his remarks by thanking the members for their support and encouraging them to contact him personally with items of concern or suggestions for improvement.

Following Cannon’s report, Chris Perry, president and CEO of KAEC, delivered brief remarks commending JPEC for its dedication to employee and member safety and presented an award to the utility for working 566,635 employee hours without a lost-time accident.  Four members of the cooperative’s safety committee accepted the award on behalf of all the utility’s employees.

JPEC directors Erick Harris and Lee Bearden introduced six high school students who each were awarded $1,000 college scholarships by the cooperative.  Recipients, who are required to attend a Kentucky college or university, were:

  • Laken Alexander, the daughter of Jennifer Alexander and a senior at McCracken County High School
  • Daira Barnes, the daughter of Damon and Michelle Barnes and a senior at Livingston Central High School
  • Lauren Edwards, daughter of Russell K. and Cheryl Edwards and a senior at Marshall County High School
  • Jackson Gray, son of Sara Gray and a senior at McCracken County High School
  • Jarrett Mauk, son of Clyde and Sunni Mauk and a senior at McCracken County High School
  • Trent Taylor, son of Tim and Sherry Taylor and a senior at Ballard Memorial High

JPEC directors Lori Thompson and William Birney recognized the cooperative’s delegate to the upcoming Kentucky Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour program – Emily Cornwell, the daughter of Tyra Henderson and Jeremy Cornwell and a junior at Graves County High School.

Emily will depart for Washington, DC, on June 12 for a one-week, all-expenses paid trip along with approximately 90 other Kentucky high school students.  During her week in Washington, she will learn about the nation’s history, meet with Kentucky’s congressional delegation, and learn about how electric cooperatives are a vital part of the nation’s economy and a critical provider of infrastructure to rural America.

Following the annual meeting, the JPEC board met briefly for an annual reorganizational session.  Directors unanimously re-elected the following officers to serve one-year terms:

  • Chairman -- Gary Joiner of Livingston County
  • Vice Chairman -- Jack Marshall of McCracken County
  • Secretary/Treasurer -- Wayne Elliott of McCracken County

Director Erick Harris of McCracken County was unanimously re-elected to serve as JPEC’s director representative to the KAEC board of directors alongside Cannon who will serve as JPEC’s management representative.

Other JPEC directors are Lee Bearden of Marshall County; Dr. Ivus Crouch of Livingston County, Lori Thompson of Graves County, and William Birney of Ballard County.

JPEC serves approximately 29,600 members in portions of six western Kentucky counties -- Ballard, Carlisle, Graves, Livingston, Marshall, and McCracken.  The co-op is in its 78th year of operations.

Headquarted in Paducah, JPEC is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, and is a member of a network of more than 900 electric cooperatives nationwide. Additional information about JPEC may be found at www.jpenergy.com.

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Jackson Purchase Energy is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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