For more than 50 years, The Tennessee Magazine has been the official publication of our electric cooperatives, keeping consumer-members informed about their co-ops, showcasing the wonders of electric service and highlighting the special events around the state.
The cover of the April 1970 edition featured an iron furnace — dating back to the Civil War — in Cumberland Gap. Inside, readers found information about electrical appliances for making housework easier and learned that Janet Porter of Humboldt was crowned the 20th Miss Rural Electrification U.S.A.
While our fashions, appliances and recipes have significantly changed since our first issue in 1958, our mission to entertain, educate and inform our readers has not. Here’s a glimpse of what members saw 50 years ago in The Tennessee Magazine. View the entire April 1970 edition below.