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On Friday, Feb. 24, PowerSouth dedicated the cooperative's newest building in honor of longtime General Counsel Ted Jackson. Jackson has served as general counsel since 1978 and has been integral in the cooperative's success through the years, said Stan Wilson, Chairman of the PowerSouth Board of Trustees. "We've learned a lot from you," Wilson said during the dedication ceremony. "It's a pleasure to have you with us and to be able to call you a friend. We're also grateful for all your support over the years of PowerSouth and the other cooperatives you've been involved with as well." PowerSouth President and CEO Gary Smith said it was appropriate to name the new building after Jackson since his work helped provide a strong foundation from which the cooperative could grow and prosper. "He is part of this organization's foundation, so it's fitting to name a building in his honor, Smith said. "Ted is both our history and our historian. He's done so many things that lead us to the future." Smith recognized Jackson's "calm deliberation" and "dignified presence" and said that everyone who knew Jackson was "blessed to have him in their lives." Jackson said he was grateful for and humbled by the honor. "It is a real blessing to me to be honored in this way — it never occurred to me that anybody would ever name a building for me," Jackson said. "I just have an extreme affinity and love for PowerSouth and its members. Rural electrification is in my blood." "Thank you for this tremendous honor you've given me," Jackson said. "I look forward to the days to come with PowerSouth and its members." At the core of the 44,000-square-foot Ted Jackson Building is a two-story concrete structure that houses PowerSouth's state-of- the-art Energy Control Center, data center and network operations center. More than 50 employees work inside the building. The building provides a secure space for employees to plan, operate and maintain generation and transmission systems, while offering an opportunity for future growth. g March 2017 | Volume 30 • Number 3 | www.powersouth.com/powerlines | firstname.lastname@example.org PowerSouth honors Ted Jackson with building dedication Powerlines PowerSouth President and CEO Gary Smith (left) honors Ted Jackson at the dedication of a building in his honor on Feb. 24.