March 2017 Powerlines

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2 PowerSouth is teaming up with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Alabama to collect aluminum pop tabs. Ronald McDonald House collects tabs throughout the year to raise money to serve families whose children are hospitalized. Did you know? 1 pound of aluminum sells for around 60 cents. 1,280 pop tabs make 1 pound. 96 pounds can house a family at the Ronald McDonald House for one night. You can find pop tabs on soda, soup, vegetable, tuna and pet food cans. Ronald McDonald House raises $17,000 a year from recycling pop tabs. PowerSouth employees can help by saving their tabs from the office and home. Employees may place tabs in the break room collection boxes rooms or send them via interoffice mail to Christi Scruggs. g Students learn about electric careers at Wiregrass Works PowerSouth, Covington EC, Pea River EC, South Alabama EC and Wiregrass EC joined area businesses last month as part of Wiregrass Works, an interactive experience to educate students about career opportunities available in their community. More than 6,000 eighth-grade students attended the event held at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan, Ala., Feb. 21 to 23. Students came from 15 counties across Alabama, Florida and Georgia. "Wiregrass Works focuses on eighth graders because it is a critical year for students as they decide the coursework they want to pursue in high school and beyond," said Jennifer Kelley, PowerSouth Human Resoures Coordinator. "The decisions they make in their freshman year of high school can shape the career paths available to them in the future." To energize them about the electric industry, PowerSouth employees taught students where electricity comes from and what it takes to provide reliable, affordable service. "The event gives students a little taste of the opportunities that exist within their region, so it's very important that we're there," said Kim Bowers, PowerSouth Human Resources Assistant. "We want to make sure they know about PowerSouth and the opportunities we have here because we're local." PowerSouth's demonstrations included a table model demonostrating how the McIntosh Power Plant generates electricity, a video about the Central Generation Power Plant, an interactive racing table model showcasing generation at the Lowman Power Plant, a large breaker to show students how electricity works, and a tent featuring the Energy Control Center. g PowerSouth and distribution member employees helped teach students about electricity at Wiregrass Works. Jones to represent Andalusia Utilities on PowerSouth Board of Trustees Ricky Jones was elected to the PowerSouth Board of Trustees on Feb. 24, representing the Utilities Board of the City of Andalusia, Ala. A graduate of Troy University, Jones is Vice President of Andalusia Distributing Company. He has served on the Andalusia Water and Utilities Boards since 1984, where he currently serves as Secretary and Past Chairman. He has served on the Covington County Economic Development Commission Board since 1993. He and his wife, Nancy, are members of First United Methodist Church of Andalusia. g

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