MTE Linemen Have Strong Showing at International Lineman’s Rodeo

MTE Linemen at International Lineman's Rodeo

Several Middle Tennessee Electric (MTE) linemen took home awards at the 38th Annual International Lineman’s Rodeo & Expo held Oct. 12-15 in Overland Park, Kan.

The International Lineman’s Rodeo attracts the best linemen from around the world to compete in events based on traditional lineman skills and tasks. After 30 years, the International Lineman’s Rodeo & Expo is still considered the most valued premier event of its kind for the electric utility industry, with over 200 teams and 300 apprentices participating.

MTE’s Josh Fuller, Tommy Kirkland and Chase Patterson placed fourth in the 4kV Insulator and Tie Replacement category. The group also finished fifth overall in the Journeyman Team from a Co-Op Division category. Nolan Farris placed first in the Apprentice Insulator and Armor Rod Replacement category and third in Apprentice Hurtman Rescue. Keith Davenport, Bo Asbury and Mike Diggs earned second place in the Journeyman Seniors Division.

Also competing for MTE were Matt Patrick, Logan Barber, Billy Jack Alexander and Branson Hammrich. Brian Hughes, Shon Oldham, Adam Montgomery and Michael Farless accompanied the team and served as judges.

“MTE is proud to have linemen who are dedicated to their craft and honing their skills, and they always represent us and our membership so well,” said MTE President/CEO Chris Jones. “We applaud them for the work they do in the community on a daily basis and celebrate them for their accomplishments at the Rodeo.”

To learn more about the International Lineman’s Rodeo, visit

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