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Southern Pine Electric holds annual meeting

Southern Pine Electric held its annual membership meeting Nov. 10 at its headquarters in Taylorsville. Before the meeting, Southern Pine employees welcomed members at booths focused on electric safety, conservation, and more.
The first meeting since 2019 to be held in-person was a long-awaited event for the members of Southern Pine. Members had a chance to see a safety demonstration, Cooperative Energy’s drone program, enjoy a fried catfish lunch, and visit member spotlight booths that highlighted members and their products from each district. The Cotton Blossom Singers from Piney Woods School kicked off the meeting with a beautiful vocal performance.
Chris Rhodes, president and CEO of Southern Pine Electric, opened the meeting by giving a recap of 2022 challenges and accomplishments, and introducing special guests. Secretary of State Michael Watson was the guest speaker, followed by Public Service Commissioner Brent Bailey.
“The very reason we exist is because of our members,” said Rhodes. “We appreciate our members taking time from their busy schedules to attend the meeting and show support for their co-op. Without members, there is no Southern Pine.”
Over 1,000 members attended the meeting to cast their ballots for four directors. Billy Parish, of Jefferson Davis County; Blaine Eaton, of Smith County; Mims Berry, of Lawrence County; and Dean Kirby, of Rankin County, were all elected to serve three-year terms.