Moore citizens may qualify for electric bill help

Any Moore County citizen can pick up a Project Help brochure at the Lynchburg DREMC office located at 697 Main Street. {Photo Provided}

MOORE COUNTY — Job losses, standstills, employment uncertainties … the COVID-19 pandemic is creating economic struggles for many Moore County citizens … even those who usually have no problem paying their monthly bills … and Duck River Electric Membership Cooperative (DREMC) wants to help.

DREMC along with matching dollars from Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) recently partnered with the Moore County Senior Citizen’s to deliver Moore County’s part in electric bill assistance through Project Help.

“Helping Duck River Electric members during difficult times makes a difference to the families who are struggling,” added DREMC President and CEO Scott Spence. “With support from Project HELP, many are receiving assistance with electric bill payments as economic challenges continue.”

Project HELP is an emergency residential energy assistance program overseen by local charity organizations in seven counties served by DREMC. For three decades, the program has received support through generous monthly and one-time donations from members and employees, who have given more than $214,000 over the past five years to the program. Recently, program funding was boosted as DREMC donated $30,000, which was matched by Tennessee Valley Authority through its COVID-19 Community Care Fund, making a total of $60,000 available to help cooperative members who qualify for Project HELP assistance.

Locally DREMC partners with Moore County Senior Center to offer Project HELP assistance year-round with electric bills.

To apply for electric bill assistance through Project HELP, visit the Moore County Senior Center at 87 High Street in Lynchburg. Normal hours are weekdays, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. If you need to speak to someone at the organization, call 931-759-7317 or 931-703-1014.

“If you are unable to pay the electric bill, remember that Project HELP may provide part or all of the solution,” said Spence.•

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Nonprofit claims Manchester released raw sewage into the Duck River

{Editor’s Note: This is a breaking story and we will update here when more details become available.}

A non-profit organization is suing the City of Manchester for illegally dumping untreated sewage into the Duck River. {Photo Courtesy of the City of Manchester}

MANCHESTER — A state non-profit named Tennessee River Keeper filed a lawsuit against the City of Manchester on July 9 claiming the city has dumped nearly 34 million gallons of untreated sewage into the Duck River. Click here to view a copy of that complaint.

Tennessee River Keepers is filing the suit under the umbrella of the Clean Water Act. The group claims that the Manchester Sewage Treatment Plant has received over “336 violations within the past five years and over 33,930,595 gallons of untreated sewage” have been released. It also states that EPA records show over 50 sanitary sewer overflows from January to February 2020.

Tennessee Riverkeepers is seeking an immediate injunction and a $37,500 civil penalty along with their legal costs. •

Fly fishing group plans Duck River Day Out

BEDFORD COUNTY — When it comes to fly fishing, there’s more going on in southern, middle Tennessee than just the Elk River.

Nestled in the rolling hills of Bedford County, the Duck River exists as one of the area’s fly fishing hidden gems … for numerous reasons. It’s located in the tailwaters of Normandy Dam, which Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA) officials stock with rainbow and brown trout. The public water way enjoys nearly 30 access points, many located in gorgeous, rolling farm land. The river’s also small with manageable stream flows that are perfect for wading. Also, in addition to trout, it enjoys spotted bass, large-mouth bass, rock bass, channel catfish, freshwater drum, and sunfish.

On February 22, the Middle Tennessee Fly Fishers (MTFF) organization will host a Duck River Day Outing from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those interested should meet at the parking lot just below Normandy Dam. All MTFF events are members only but membership is super easy. The group meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Ellington Agriculture Center in Nashville at 7 p.m. Annual dues are $30 per individual and $35 per family and you can join at any monthly meeting or outing.

If you are interested in fly fishing, MTFF is a great local resource. Founded in 1979, it’s a community of active fly fishers interested in promoting the sport in Middle Tennessee. To learn more about them, visit their website, www.mtff.org. For more information about the Duck River Day Outing, visit the event’s Facebook page. •

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