A Grand Experience

Retreat center offers rest and relaxation Heather Hicks loves a good story. She began scrapbooking in high school when she met Mike, the man who would become her husband. She saved movie ticket stubs, photos, and other mementos from their relationship. “I’ve always had the heart and desire to be able to tell our story,”…

Right of Way

Upcoming Rights-of-way maintenance Please be aware of some right-of-way projects in the upcoming months as we work to maintain and improve our electric system. We appreciate your cooperation and support as we perform this annual maintenance work to continue to provide you with the best service possible. These preventative measures help lessen the possibility of…

Piecing Together Memories

NAEC members share their passion for quilting One of Brenda Carter’s fondest memories of her mother, who passed away in 2011, revolves around sitting in the family’s living room on a cold winter’s night with her mom and sisters, working on quilting projects. “I can remember in wintertime the quilt frames stayed hung from the…

Grow with the Flow

Hydroponics and aquaponics offer different ways to garden When most people think about gardening they think about tilling soil, planting seeds, monitoring the sun, and hoping for rain. While that is the most common way to grow food and other plants, there are alternatives that have many benefits, including hydroponic and aquaponic gardening. Both methods…

A Terrible Threat

Vigilance needed to weather tornado season Recent history reveals no shortage of tornadic systems that inflicted widespread damage, injuries, and death throughout the Southeast. Northeast Alabama is no exception, as many tornados come through the area each year. The spring months are no longer the only time tornados hit, as many now come in the…

Beneath the Surface

Neversink pit is a natural wonder Beneath the Appalachian foothills lies a whole other world. Each day, people go about their lives on the surface, often oblivious to the entire ecosystem just underfoot. There are more than 17,000 known caves in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia, known in caving circles as the TAG system. A high…

Heartbeat of the Community

Kennamer Cove Trading Post keeps history alive When people walk into the Kennamer Cove Trading Post, they take a step back in time. The building evokes the nostalgia of an old-fashioned general store with its wood and stonework, local crafts, and a sense of community. The Trading Post is the center of the community known…

9 Tips for Weatherizing Your Home

Don’t let the winter chill crimp your finances. Just a few simple steps can close the gap between you and lower electric bills. Replace the furnace filter: A dirty furnace filter can block airflow, especially during cold months when heating systems work overtime. Regularly change the filter, and set your calendar to remind you. Or,…

Embracing the Golden Years

Paint Rock Senior Center thrives Jane Guerin devotes her life to looking after others. For over 20 years, she operated a daycare center in Marshall County. Today, she’s the director at the Paint Rock Senior Center, run by the Jackson County Council on Aging and located in the old Paint Rock School building. “I’m a…