Friday, December 2, 2016

Assistance Recipients Become Program Spokespersons

Latasha Peeples and her grandmother Addie Mitchell once received utility assistance from the Plus-1 program, now they are lending their voices to encourage others to give to the program. Latasha and her grandmother will be featured in a series of public service announcements on television, radio and social media encouraging the community to give to the program.
Latasha was the grand champion of the Lip Sync Plus contest hosted by MLGW and MIFA earlier this year. She was inspired to enter the contest because of the help her family previously received from the program.  Latasha’s grandmother raised her from the time she was seven weeks old and says times were tough during her childhood. “My grandmother was on a fixed income, and we had limited resources but found out about the Plus-1 program,” says Latasha.
When she heard that the lip sync competition was to support the Plus-1 program “she jumped at the chance to be involved in the competition.”  She chose to lip sync Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” because she felt the song resonated with the Plus-1 message of giving back.  Latasha says she “wants to give a face to the people who have been helped by the program and hopefully inspire more MLGW customers to support the program.”

Plus-1 is a partnership between MLGW and Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) to provide utility assistance for families in crisis. MLGW customers fund the program through one-time donations or by adding a dollar or more to their utility bill each month and MIFA screens customers for eligibility.  Since its inception in 1982, Plus-1 has provided millions of dollars in assistance to families in crisis in Memphis and Shelby County.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Natural Gas Safety Awareness Day November 18

MLGW Teams Up with Local Lowe’s Stores for Gas Safety Awareness Campaign

Do you know what to do if you have a natural gas leak in your home, school or business? Do you have a gas stove or furnace and know what a safely burning gas flame should look like? Do you know what a gas transmission pipeline marker looks like? Do you call 811 before you dig?

Memphis Light, Gas and Water and Lowe’s Home Improvement Stores in Shelby County are teaming up November 18 to answer those questions for you. MLGW’s Natural Gas Safety Awareness Day will promote natural gas safety awareness, gas leak detection and response, gas appliance safety, pipeline safety and “Call 811 Before You Dig” on Friday, November 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gas safety day is in preparation for the upcoming winter heating season as well as awareness of what to do when you discover a gas leak, and the Call 811 requirement before homeowners and contractors engage in any digging.

On MLGW’s Natural Gas Safety Awareness Day, November 18, the Division’s Gas Engineering employees and MLGW volunteers will staff display tables at several Lowe’s locations to provide free gas safety note pads, information and brochures on natural gas safety, leak awareness and response, gas pipeline safety and more. The Call 811 Before You Dig law relates to any digging, excavating, landscaping and gardening, and home or business construction projects that Shelby County residents and local contractors undertake. Natural gas safety and leak awareness are especially relevant in the fall and winter as many homeowners and contractors prepare furnaces for winter heating and inspect gas appliances for safety. MLGW representatives will share information about:

  • What do to in the event of a natural gas leak in a home or business
  • How to recognize a gas pipeline leak
  • How to recognize transmission pipeline markers
  • Pipeline purpose and reliability
  • Awareness of hazards and accident prevention measures
  • Damage prevention awareness
  • Call 811 requirements for pipelines and/or home or business excavations

Below is a list of participating Lowe’s locations:
  • 430 Germantown Parkway, Cordova, TN
  • 585 N. Perkins Road, Memphis, TN
  • 8490 Highway 51 North, Millington, TN
  • 8300 Highway 64, Bartlett, TN
  • 425 New Byhalia Road, Collierville, TN
  • 7895 Winchester Road, Memphis, TN

More natural gas safety information can be found on MLGW’s website at For more information about Tennessee One Call/Call 811, visit

MLGW clearing gas lines in southwest Memphis: Residents may smell gas odor Wednesday

Our workers are clearing gas mains Wed., Nov. 16 in southwest Memphis. During this process, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., residents and businesses in the neighborhoods bordered by Crump and South Third, Preston and South Parkway and Lucy Avenue and Willie Mitchell Boulevard could smell a strong odor similar to rotten eggs or sulfur as natural gas is released into the air.

There will be no interruptions to natural gas service and no danger or need to leave these areas.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

MLGW continues work on portion of Shady Grove Road through Nov. 5

We will continue work on a portion of Shady Grove Road each night through Nov. 5 for pipe installation on the bridge.   

From 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. each night, Shady Grove will be closed to through traffic from South Yates Road to Brierview Street. The detour will be South Yates, Walnut Grove and Brierview.  

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The A-Blazing Race Winners

The A-Blazing Race took place Friday, October 21 at the University of Memphis Herff College of Engineering as a part of E-Day. The goal of the race is to engage youth in grades six through twelve in the design and construction of model solar cars. MLGW provided a kit containing a solar panel, battery holder and motor to build their solar powered vehicle. The model cars compete in a race on a 20-meter course to determine which vehicle completes the course in the shortest possible time using available power.
There were two (2) divisions, grades six through eight and grades nine through twelve. Seventeen middle schools raced in the morning. President Collins presented the winner trophies in the morning and Alonzo Weaver made the afternoon presetnation.  The winners were as follows:


First Place Speed
Collierville Middle School
Team Name:STEM 1
Teachers: Shelley Pitts

Team Members: Jade Devine, Clayton Maxwell, Sidney Munier, Dylan Page and Lucas Spradley

2nd Place Speed
Maxine Smith STEAM Academy
Team Name: STEAM 2
Teacher Name: Tayahi Ilham
Team Members: Lily Roberts and Emily Roper

Third Place Speed
Maxine Smith STEAM Academy
Team Name: STEAM 3
Teacher Name: Tayahi Ilham
Team Members: Rebeka Duckett and Mattie Wild

First place Notebook/Design
Houston Middle School
Teacher: Michelle Powers
Team Name: Houston Middle Silver
Team Members: Vaidehi Bhatara, Pradnya Desurkar, Abdala Jabase, Ayaka Kimura, Yuka Kimura, Alex Li, Sakshaum Saksena and Will Steen

Eighteen high school teams raced in the afternoon. The winners are as follows:


First Place Speed
Memphis Business Academy High School
Teacher Name: Ju' Anuni Hines
Team Name: MBA Team 2
Team Members: Damarion Cox, Marisa Fitz-Wells, Symone Grose, Labrionna Page,Terrico Palmer and Teauna Riddick

Second Place Speed
Lausanne Collegiate
Teacher Name: Faune Brown
Team Name: Lausanne
Team Members: Zephyr Barlow, Will Hamic, Sam Hori, Jonathan Kagoo and Allison Kerr

Third Place Speed
Middle College High School
Teacher: Anna Fontanilla
Team Name: MCHS Team 2
Team Members: Christopher Cooper, Jaytonn Hunter, Kylin Lewis and Gregory Shaw

First Place Notebook/Design
Harding Academy
Teacher Name: Jane Morgan
Team Name" Move It or Loose It
Team Members: Jackson Gilreath, Noah Heaton, Josh Hinkle and Hunter Underwood

Approximately 30 MLGW employees volunteered with setup, registration, announcing and judging.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Portion of Shady Grove Road to Close Nightly Starting Oct. 24

We will be closing a portion of Shady Grove Road each night from Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28, for pipe installation on the bridge. From 9 p.m until 6 a.m. each night, Shady Grove will be closed to through traffic from South Yates Road to Brierview Street. The detour will be South Yates, Walnut Grove and Brierview.

Black Energy Awareness Month Unites Tennessee Professionals to Benefit Scholarship Funds

U.S. Senator for Tennessee, Lamar Alexander; U.S. Representative for Tennessee’s 9th Congressional District, Steve Cohen; and Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner (FERC), Colette D. Honorable, Esq., will be a few of the speakers at the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) TN Chapter’s Energy Matters Forum on Monday, October 24, 8 a.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

The forum will be held in celebration of Black Energy Awareness Month (BEAM) to benefit scholarships for law, engineering and STEM students (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). A series of energy regulatory professionals will speak on the theme “Let the Sun Shine: How Solar Energy Regulation Affects Your Community and Career.” Attendees will also have the opportunity to earn CLE and CEU credits, tour an MLGW Liquefied Natural Gas facility and network at an evening reception. Professionals and students who practice in the energy field or who want to learn more about energy from experts on the federal, state and local level, are encouraged to attend.

The cost is $100 to earn CLE and CEU credits, $85 without the credits and free for engineering and law students with a college ID. Proceeds benefit the scholarship funds of the TN Chapter of AABE, the Ben F. Jones Chapter of the National Bar Association and the U of M Black Student Law Association.

MLGW supports AABE’s mission to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussion and development of energy policy regulations, technology and environmental issues.
For more information on the forum and to register, visit or contact Yvonne Chatman-Hendree, Esq., MLGW Legal Services, at

Note – Parking recommended at Metro 67 Parking Garage at 67 Madison Ave. or Brinkley Plaza Garage at 20 S. Front.    

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