MLEC Hosts Membership Meeting


October 18, 2023) About 160 people attended Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative’s 2023 Hickman County Membership Meeting held October 16. Dr. Zack Hutchens ran unopposed and was re-elected to the MLEC Board of Directors.

Wayne Qualls, senior MLEC director for Hickman County, called the meeting to order, and Dana Dye served as temporary chairman and presided over the meeting held at Hickman County High School. First Sergeant Charles Riley with the Hickman County High School Junior ROTC led the Pledge of Allegiance, and Fairfield Church of Christ minister Mike Kelley lead the invocation. The event served as an opportunity for members to see MLEC’s 2023 Annual Report video, which highlighted service commitments, progress over the past year, reliability upgrade plans, community involvement, and a Meriwether Lewis Connect update.

The event also served as an opportunity to celebrate local Hickman County students. MLEC poster contest winners received their prizes, and MLEC recognized Youth Leadership Summit student representative Brice Coates and Washington Youth Tour delegates Glen Lane and Ali Estes.

Door prize winners were Amanda Ringer – one-year membership to the Nashville Zoo; Martha Butler – bluetooth speaker; Kenneth Bates – iRobot roomba vacuum/sweeper; Herbert Heatherly – Blackstone electric grill; Jeremy Luckett – outdoor smokeless firepit; and Tina Truett – 50-inch smart TV donated by MLConnect. All meeting attendees received an MLEC weather station.

“All of us at Meriwether Lewis thank the members for attending and participating in our Hickman County membership meeting,” said MLEC President and CEO Keith Carnahan. “It is an honor to serve you with power and broadband. Every day we strive to deliver the essential services that make your life more comfortable.”

MLEC is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric utility that serves more than 34,500 meters in Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lewis and Perry counties. We are your source for power and broadband and help build brighter futures for the communities we serve. Learn more at

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