Wednesday, August 25, 2021

The Dangers of Tree Trimming

 Tree trimmers face numerous dangers when performing their jobs. Without proper precautions, they can seriously injure themselves, or worse. Please treat these professionals with the respect they deserve.

  A few common dangers:

  • Electrocution
  • Falls
  • Injuries resulting from falling limbs and trees
  • Injuries resulting from getting caught in equipment
  • Heat and cold related illnesses
  • Lightning
  • Insects, snakes, and bats
  • Poison ivy, oak, and sumac
MLGW does not have any tree trimmers on staff. We work with several contractors, including Asplundh, pictured here.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

2020 MLGW Art Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our 2020 MLGW Art Contest! The theme was "Internet Safety" and students were asked to create new superheroes, "The Power Bytes," and include a safety message.

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Need help? Attend MLGW’s Utility Assistance One Stop on August 21

 Check out MLGW’s Utility Assistance One Stop on Saturday, August 21 at Gethsemane Garden Church of God in Christ, 1740 Vollintine Ave. 

The drive-thru event runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. MLGW customers can apply to receive up to $650 in utility assistance. The first 200 completed applications come with a bonus of a gift card provided by the Shelby County Community Services Agency. Volunteers also will hand out weatherization kits as well as boxes with a two-week supply of food while supplies last.

Applicants must meet the Federal Poverty Guidelines to qualify. Bring your valid driver’s license or state issued ID, Social Security cards for all household members and income documentation for the last 30 days for every adult in the household. For more details, go to assistance.

Sponsors include the Shelby County CSA, the Vollintine Evergreen Community Association, Gethsemane Garden COGIC church and the COVID-19 Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance program.


Friday, August 13, 2021

MLGW VIP (Volunteers in Power) Awards

MLGW recently presented its first ever online award show for outstanding volunteers at the Division. You can view the slideshow - and see our winners - below!

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

8-11 is Call 811 Day

No one wants to hear an explosion in their neighborhood; but it happens. Damage to a natural gas line can cause a leak and lead to an explosion and fire. "Call 811 Day" is an effort to keep accidents like that from happening.
National Call 811 Day is August 11 (8/11). It is a reminder to call 811 before you, or a contractor, do any digging on your property It is a free service, and it is the law! Dig Safely Calling 811 notifies companies (like MLGW) to come out and mark your underground utilities. 

Dig Safely

When lines are marked you can dig safely and avoid hitting an underground electric, gas, or other type of line. Hitting a buried line can disrupt service to your neighborhood. It can even cause a fatal accident. Stay safe and always call 811 before you dig.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Consistency is Key for Kimberly Butler

Powerlifting consists of three different lifts: the squat, bench press and deadlift. Men tend to power lift more than women. Kimberly Butler, Customer Service Dispatch Department, started focusing on weight loss before getting into powerlifting. “I wanted to try something different once I hit my goal weight, but I still wanted to keep my attention in fitness. My roommate introduced me to powerlifting.” 

Her hard work in the gym paid off. On June 12, Kimberly competed in the Drug Tested Maverick Throwdown in Millbrook, Alabama. Kimberly was the winner in the deadlift and bench press for the State of Tennessee. She benched 181 and deadlifted 358.2. 

Kimberly would like to one day have her own studio to help other women and youth get into the sport. “I would love to train other women to walk in my footsteps and put up some of those goals. Also, to inspire our youth, to bring them out of the streets and prevent them from getting in trouble. This sport is a form of therapy.” 

For other women and men that may be interested in powerlifting, Kimberly has a message: “Do not compare your strength with someone else’s strength. Consistency is the key to anything.”

Kimberly Butler, Customer Service Dispatch Department

Kimberly is preparing to compete in the Powerlifting National Competition in May 2022.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Work in Progress

Bump bump...bump bump...

Yes, we hear it too. The sound your car makes when you drive across one of the steel plates #MLGW has installed over a "cut" in the road. (Cuts are the square-cut holes made in pavement.)

The good news is - that steel plate means a work order has been opened to make repairs. 

Work Orders

Currently there are close to 1,500 work orders open for street repairs in Memphis and Shelby County. MLGW crews finish anywhere from 12 to 16 each day. The number of repairs completed depends on several things: 

  • The size of the "cut." It takes more time to repair large cuts. 
  • Travel time between repair locations. 
  • The time it takes to block off the work area for safety. 
  • Weather. 
  • The number of employees working on a particular day. 
  • Whether or not concrete is needed. 

For now, MLGW's efforts are focused on adding concrete to major streets. As those repairs are made, we can begin to lay concrete at repairs located on side streets. 

MLGW Innerworkings

Find out more about the innerworkings of MLGW by attending one of our Power Hour Community Meetings. The next one is scheduled for July 27 at 6 p.m. You can join through Zoom (click the icon on the right or reference the details below) or on the MLGW Facebook page. 

For the July 27 MLGW Power Hour Community Meeting click:
or dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 646 876 9923  or +1 301 715 8592  or +1 312 626 6799  or +1 669 900 6833  or +1 253 215 8782  or +1 346 248 7799.

Webinar ID: 969 6782 2801.

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