Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Neighborhood Leaders Conference on August 1st

The MLGW Neighborhood Leaders Conference is scheduled for Friday, August 1, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at our Training Center (4949 Raleigh-LaGrange at Covington Pike.) The conference is an annual event designed to provide training and networking opportunities for grassroots community leaders.

The conference will feature a Plenary Session led by City of Memphis CAO George Little entitled Memphis Government 101 and two other sessions that have concurrent workshops. This year's theme is Transforming Neighborhoods Through the Arts and workshops topics include Mural Making, Bringing Ideas to Life-Create Memphis, Blogging, Connect with MLGW, Transforming Vacant Buildings, and -25 SQ Public Art Initiative.

Registration is $10 and includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch and choice of workshops. Individuals can view the full brochure and register on-line at www.mlgw.com/neighborhoodleader and those who register on-line may pay the registration fee on site the day of the conference.

For more information contact MLGW Community Relations at 528-4820.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MLGW Crews Continue to Work Outages Today

Approximately 9,000 MLGW customers remain without power today after a strong line of thunderstorms rolled through Memphis around 5 p.m. on Monday. MLGW crews are working today to restore those outages and 19 contract crews will assist with restoration efforts. MLGW predicts full restoration by mid-night Thursday.

MLGW is reinforcing the need for safety around downed power lines and other potential hazards.
Customers should avoid contact with downed power lines—even if their home or area has experienced a loss of power, the lines could still be energized.

Customers are reminded to call the following numbers:

• To Report an Outage: 544-6500

• To Report an Emergency (such as downed lines or gas leaks): 528-4465

• Outage numbers can be tracked via MLGW's outage map at mlgw.com/outagemap.

Monday, July 14, 2014

MLGW Crews Working To Restore Power

More than 30,000 MLGW customers are without power resulting from a strong line of thunderstorms with high winds Monday afternoon. MLGW crews are currently working to assess damages and restore power.

MLGW is reinforcing the need for safety around downed power lines and other potential hazards.

Customers should avoid contact with downed power lines—even if their home or area has experienced a loss of power, the lines could still be energized.

Customers are reminded to call the following numbers:

To Report an Outage: 544-6500

To Report an Emergency (such as downed lines or gas leaks): 528-4465

Outage numbers can be tracked via MLGW's outage map at mlgw.com/outagemap.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

MLGW, Neighborhood Christian Center Team to “Play It Cool”

50 Window Air –Conditioning Units Available for Low-Income Seniors

MLGW and the Neighborhood Christian Center are teaming once again to “Play It Cool.” The annual initiative provides window air-conditioning units to qualified low-income seniors and disabled residents of Shelby County. There are currently 50 donated units remaining.

Neighborhood Christian Center will host a screening and application process for the free units at 785 Jackson Avenue July 8, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

To qualify, applicants must be a resident of Shelby County, a low income senior 60 years of age or older, cannot have received an air conditioner within the last three years from the Play It Cool Program, and must be living in a home without operable air conditioning. Once an individual is screened and pre-qualifies, a pre-qualification voucher will be issued to verify that the applicant has met the guidelines up to the field inspection. Field inspections will be conducted by MLGW to verify that the residence meets installation requirements.

To apply, applicants will need the following credentials on hand:

Tennessee State ID or Drivers License to verify age and address.
The most recent pay stub or Social Security Income statement to verify income.
If you have a physical disability but do not meet the age requirement you must bring the proper certification information.

Air conditioners will not be installed at addresses with bars or storm windows and installation will be performed by MLGW employees.

Applicants for the “Play It Cool” Program may also contact the Neighborhood Christian Center’s hotline number at (901) 881-6013 for a pre-recorded message detailing the necessary qualifications and credentials for eligibility.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

MLGW to Host 2nd Annual Solar Model Car Race

MLGW is once again hosting its Annual “A-Blazing Race” on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. The race will be held at the Beale Street Landing Parking Garage Roof Top at 245 South Main Street. The A-Blazing Race promotes MLGW’s interest in solar energy, but also introduces children to different engineering-related professions.

The object of the race is to design and build a vehicle that is powered strictly by solar power and will compete in races with other similar cars as well as compete in a design competition. This year’s event will be divided into two (2) divisions, grades 3-5 and grades 6-8. Teams can consist of two to eight people.

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Teams will use a kit (available through MLGW) containing a solar panel and motor. Using any other materials, competitors will design and build a solar powered vehicle that will race on a 20-meter race course. The winner of the competition will be the team whose vehicle is the top finisher in a series of head-to-head elimination rounds.

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An A-Blazing Race Engineering workshop will be held on Saturday, July 19 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the MLGW Joyce Blackmon Training Center at 4949 Raleigh LaGrange at Covington Pike. The workshop gives participants a chance to interact with MLGW engineers and professionals. To participate in the workshop, you must indicate your attendance on the workshop registration form which is available online at mlgw.com/Ablazing.

“Getting great feedback last year on the inaugural race, we wanted to continue its success,” said MLGW President and CEO Jerry Collins Jr. “It gives us another opportunity to interact with local kids and not only teach them about engineering and the importance of solar power, but also make it fun for everyone.”

For more information about the A-Blazing Race contact MLGW’s Community Relations Department at (901) 528-4820 or commrelations@mlgw.org. You can also visit the A-Blazing Race Website to register online.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

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