NES Linemen Top Ranked in Industry Competition

NES Linemen Top Ranked in Industry Competition

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Electric Service (NES) is proud to count some of the most skilled linemen in the country as part of its family, as evidenced by their performance this past weekend at the 17th annual Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo in Bowling Green, Ky.

The NES Donelson Service Center (DSC) team earned a perfect score placing second overall, and two generations of linemen earned top honors in the journeyman events.

NES’ Josh Fuller competed against his father, Jim Fuller with Murfreesboro Electric Department, in the Independent Journeyman Events. Both father and son earned perfect scores in all four events. Jim placed first overall and Josh placed second overall.

“Though always performed in the spirit of fun competition and brotherhood, the Lineman Rodeos are annual reminders of the skill and strength it takes the people of NES to provide safe and reliable power to Middle Tennessee,” said NES president and CEO Decosta Jenkins.

The Lineman Rodeo allows crews to demonstrate their skills in events that simulate real-life situations. It is designed to promote safety on the job. Speed is important, but accuracy is crucial. The events are judged based upon safety, skill and timely event completion.

Along with its second place team award, NES’ Derek Pennington placed first overall out of more than 50 competitors in the Lineman Apprentice Events. The NES West Service Center (WSC) team finished seventh overall.

DSC team members are Cody Roberts, Timmy Sanford, Jeremy Woodside and Adam Harris. WSC team members are Brad Sanford, Jay Truett, Bill Simms and Tommy Barksdale.

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Nashville Electric Service is one of the 12 largest public electric utilities in the nation, distributing energy to more than 360,000 customers in Middle Tennessee. For more information about NES, visit