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 May 1970 edition featured the new manufacturing plant of the Carrier Air Conditioning Company in McMinnville. It had a good 35-year run but closed its doors in 2005, resulting in more than 1,400 lost jobs. By 2018, Carrier moved most of its manufacturing to Mexico.
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 May 1970 edition online below.