The 2021 Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo, hosted by Jackson Energy Authority, kicked off on Friday, September 17 in Jackson, Tennessee for two days of friendly competition and awards. Lineman apprentices, journeyman teams of three, individual linemen and senior individuals came together to showcase their skills and knowledge within their field.
Linemen competed in various events depending on their category including:
- Hurtman Rescue
- Transformer Tap Change
- Transformer Arrestor Change
- LED Security Light Change-out
- Written Test
- Double End Bell Change-out
- Replace Cross Arm Storm Damage
- 4KV Cross Arm Change-out
- 4KV Insulator Change-out
The winning linemen were recognized at an award presentation, which was held virtually in lieu of an in-person gathering due to COVID-19 precautions.
First place in the Overall Senior category went to Charlie Brown of Lenoir City UB, followed by Mike Diggs of Jackson Energy Authority in second place and Danny Crawford of Middle Tennessee Electric in third place.
Each of the winners in the Overall Journeyman category are from Middle Tennessee Electric with first place going to Logan Barber, followed by Adam Montgomery in second place and Billy Jack Alexander in third place.
First place in the Overall Journeyman Teams category went to Team 11 of Nashville Electric Service, followed by Team 4 of Middle Tennessee Electric in second place and Team 12 of Nashville Electric Service in third place.
First place in the Overall Apprentice category went to Ryan Calderon of Jackson Energy Authority, followed by Nolan Farris of Middle Tennessee Electric in second place and Hunter Harris of Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation in third place.
You can play back the awards ceremony livestream to see the full list of award recipients by clicking here.