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Telling Tales

Sink or Swim

I have a theory that there are two types of holiday families. There are the cookie cutters and the nutcrackers. As a member of the nutcrackers, I always took for granted that I would get to spend all holidays with my family… that was… until I got married.

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General News

Electric bills will rise in October

By CONNIE ESH

Electric bills in Wilson County will be going up in October due to increasing costs of generating electricity, according to a spokesman with the Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation (MTEMC).

The co-op will be passing along an increase in the cost of generating electricity from the Tennessee Valley Authority. At the same time, they also have some tips on saving electricity that may help keep bills more affordable.

Chris Jones, vice president of Marketing and Communications for MTEMC, said Monday the reasons for the increase include the cost of coal used to generate electricity, and the serious drought in East Tennessee where most of TVA’s hydroelectric plants are located.

When water levels are low, he said, TVA has to use more coal to produce electricity.

And when demand is high, as happens when the temperature is near 100 degrees or more as it was this past week, TVA also uses natural gas generating which is the highest cost generation, or buys electricity from commercial sources to meet the demand.

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Humane Association changes name

NEW LEASH ON LIFE

The Humane Association of Wilson County has changed its name to New Leash on Life, and officials will present the new brand and logo at its booth at the Wilson County Fair on Friday, Aug. 15.

The Humane Association changed its name to New Leash on Life to more accurately reflect its mission and to create a fresh image.

As part of the change, there will also be a "Fill the Truck" event for community members to donate items from the New Leash on Life wish list.

Those wishing to donate supplies can bring things like cat litter, canned cat and dog food and toys to the New Leash on Life Ford truck or booth at the Wilson County Fair. (A full list of items can be found at www.hawconline.com by clicking the Donations tab.)

"As a non-profit organization, supplies are often scarce and a lot of people don’t know about the wide range of programs we offer to Middle Tennessee residents and animals," said Melissa Richards, president of the Board for New Leash on Life..

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