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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Lynchburg Queen Bee Pageant applications now available

LOCAL NEWS — Organizers today released the official application for the first annual Lynchburg Queen Bee Senior Pageant to be held on April 4. Applications are due no later that March 20.

All contestant must be Moore County residents. Contestants who live in an assisted living facility outside Moore County may participate as long as their last known address was inside Moore County.

Contestants may wear whatever makes them feel fabulous … from a pants suit to evening gown. Pull out those mother-of-the-bride dresses ladies and shop those thrift stores.

There will be four categories: 1) ages 60-69, 2) ages 70-79, 3) ages 80 and over; and 4) nursing home contestants. Nursing home contestants will have their own separate event held at the Lynchburg Nursing Center on a date to be announced.

You may direct questions to Director Sharon Pragel at the Moore County Senior Citizen Center at 931-759-7317. Applications are available online at the even’t Facebook page by clicking here or at the MC Senior Citizens Center. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}