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McMinnville Electric System employees attending a Linemen Appreciation Lunch on Monday sponsored by First Baptist Church and Collins River BBQ are, from left, Tony Foster, Justin McGregor, and Dale Rogers.
When Mother Nature unleashes high wind and heavy rain, it’s natural to retreat to a place that’s cozy and dry.Unless you’re a utility lineman.Storms are a typically a time when linemen are at their busiest, when weather conditions disrupt lines and force residents to be without power.To thank linemen for their work under the worst of conditions, First Baptist Church and Collins River BBQ co-sponsored a Linemen Appreciation Lunch on Monday. Employees with McMinnville Electric System and Caney Fork Electric attended.“With all of the storms that have been ripping through, we get upset when our electricity goes out, but we often don’t say thank you when it comes back on so quickly,” said luncheon organizer Jane Allison of First Baptist Church. “Linemen don’t wait till the weather clears up.