SVEC honored with Communication Award

South Pittsburg, TN – Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) was recently honored with a TECA Top Tenn Communication Award in recognition of its work to educate and inform electric co-op members. The honor was presented during the annual meeting of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association in Nashville.

SVEC won the award “Best Use of Social Media” for its work on social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. This is the third consecutive year SVEC was honored in this category. Accepting the award on behalf of SVEC were the communications staff: Shelby Potterfield, Cathy Black and Kerri Brewer.

"It is important for electric cooperative consumer-owners to be educated and informed," says Robin Conover, TECA's vice president of communications and editor of The Tennessee Magazine. "We honor these winners for telling the electric cooperative story in a professional way across multiple platforms."

“Build Up” was the theme of the 76th annual meeting of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, held Sunday, Nov. 19, through Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Nashville. More than 350 electric cooperative leaders from across the state attended the event where they explored the impact of co-ops and challenged one another to meet the needs of their communities.

“Co-ops provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity, but our impact goes far beyond energy,” says David Callis, executive vice president and general manager of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. “We recruit jobs and investment; we prepare the next generation of leaders; we give back through charitable donations, taxes and payroll; and we are on the leading edge of a movement that will bring high-speed internet to rural communities. Electric co-ops build up Tennessee – creating opportunities, impacting families and positioning communities to grow and prosper.”

The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association provides leadership, advocacy and support for Tennessee’s 23 electric cooperatives and publishes The Tennessee Magazine, the state’s most widely circulated periodical. Visit or to learn more.