Dedication to Community

Cumberland Mountain Road receives marker In the wake of the Great Depression, a road brought a glimmer of hope to Jackson County. The Cumberland Mountain Road provided access from the remote Cumberland Mountain to the Paint Rock and Tennessee River valleys, allowing commerce to begin again after many years of isolation for the region. Eighty-seven…

Coping: Tips for Making the Most of the New Year

Last year brought sweeping challenges few anticipated. In the midst of learning to cope with a global pandemic, Americans faced many changes to day-to-day life. Some people lost their jobs, and others adapted to working-from-home scenarios or the need to find new child care solutions. Many graduations, proms, athletic events, and holiday gatherings with friends…

Christmas Art Contest

North Alabama Electric Cooperative received many great entries for the eighth annual Christmas Art Contest! With so many wonderful and creative options, choosing a winner was difficult. This year’s winner is Paisley Blevins, a fourth-grader at Bridgeport Elementary School. Enjoy Paisley’s art along with many of the other entries we received.

Baking Queen

Local woman spreads holiday cheer through sweets Lauren Parker remembers standing in her grandmother’s kitchen as a little girl, tying an apron around her waist and making chocolate oatmeal cookies. “My grandmother’s are out of this world,” Parker says. She grew up in a family of confectionary royalty. Her nanny, Mary Jones, is known as…

Hometown Heroes

When NAEC lineman Jason Johnson enlisted in the Marines in 2001, he didn’t fully understand what serving his country meant. But he learned. “The greatest men and women serve in the military,” he says. Each year on November 11, we observe Veterans Day to honor the men and women who have serves the United States…

Chasing Light

Kelly Stacy knows he can express how he feels about something verbally, but he prefers to use photographs to communicate. “You can read a whole chapter in a book, but if you see one picture it explains a lot more,” he says. A retired boilermaker, Stacy once spent his days working with construction crews to…

Planned outages

Interruptions for improvements — planned outages benefit all members Like any electric provider, our cooperative aims to make your electric service as reliable as possible. Planned power outages — though rare — help us achieve that goal. First, regular maintenance — like replacing a damaged or deteriorating utility pole or trimming trees near power lines…

Christmas art contest

Hey, kids! We want your Christmas art! Christmas is coming, and NAEC is looking for the perfect cover for its December 2020 issue of Alabama Living. Do you think you could help? If so, enter the 2020 NAEC Christmas Art Contest! Any student in kindergarten through fifth grade is encouraged to apply. The cover of…

National cooperative month

The Cooperative Difference Each October, cooperatives throughout the country celebrate National Cooperative Month. Cooperatives were created in 1936 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Rural Electrification Act. Today, there are 834 distribution cooperatives and 63 generation cooperatives serving more than 42 million people across the United States. The Benefits of Membership Cooperative members are…

ABC for students

Closing the gap Local students eligible for free internet service For today’s students, a reliable broadband connection is no longer just a helpful tool but a necessity. Students use the internet for everything from checking and completing homework assignments to seeking tutoring and doing research. In a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center in…