Sunday, September 19

50 Years Ago – July 1971

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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 July 1971 magazine featured the towering structures of the Reelfoot Feed Lot near Union City. Inside, members also read about conveniences like modern water systems powered by electric pumps and learned about the clean water supply in Franklin, described then as “a Central Basin town of 8,000” (today’s population is approximately 78,000, according to

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 July 1971 edition below.


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