Craighead Electric
Going Green

United States

#41 Feb 1, 2009
Dear Lord in Heaven, After all this frozen mess is over I'm converting my house over to 12 Volts, get a 60 inch windmill generator, a 200 sq ft solar panel, fresnel lens array water heating system and freeing myself from utility poles forever and help save this beautiful blue planet you provided for us. Amen.
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#42 Feb 1, 2009
True wrote:
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I think you have a valid point. The engineering of the construction makes a huge difference. Someone told me that people Craighead calls engineers are really not engineers, but people who have worked for them for years. I know of a couple of their "engineers" that I know barely made it through high school.
How can we expect them to have the expertise to be able to design complex infrastructure?
One would have to wonder if it would not be cheaper going to underground primary lines than doing this every few years. It seems to have worked pretty well for the phone companies.
Would underground work? Electricity is so different than phones... what would happen in the event of an earthquake? Guess it would be out regardless. However, above ground seems that it would be easier to spot and repair...
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#43 Feb 1, 2009
Going Green wrote:
Dear Lord in Heaven, After all this frozen mess is over I'm converting my house over to 12 Volts, get a 60 inch windmill generator, a 200 sq ft solar panel, fresnel lens array water heating system and freeing myself from utility poles forever and help save this beautiful blue planet you provided for us. Amen.
I tried going green when we were going to rebuild... It is an uphill battle - know that you will have to use many contractors from Little Rock.
We ended up buying instead of rebuilding - but we did go with gas logs & stovetop - that helped loads... Still would rather be green.
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#44 Feb 1, 2009
Ya have to wonder wrote:
But having said all that, my poor rentors are in misery. Being 80 and in poor health makes no difference.
There is no need for them to be in misery. The shelter at the Convo center has nurses, and is warm and safe ...

No, sleeping on cots is not the best, but the folks there are so kind, and the residents are well behaved (not like when Katrina hit).

Just be sure they take there meds, toiletries, and comfy pillows. Also a good book or games for their kids.
hello

Little Rock, AR

#45 Feb 1, 2009
Wall Street lookie here wrote:
<quoted text>
Be glad to leave ya Craighead office worker. Your service stinks, power blinks off and on constantly, and your bills are outrageous, so I'm more than happy to leave your service lines.
You guys are crooks, nickeling and diming the consumer to death while you're overpaid and under qualified.
FUNNY bc I NEVER said that I worked for them and I do NOT live in Jonesboro or even in craighead or greene county! I live over an hour away! I have had power this whole time bc my city only got snow! Maybe you should get on Entergy bc thier rates are sooooo much lower! LOL
Electricians Wife

Chickasha, OK

#46 Feb 1, 2009
Wall Street lookie here wrote:
<quoted text>
Well I'm a Craighead Electric customer who just had power restored late yesterday.
I have to say after reading the comments here, I'm a very pissed off customer. I had been considering moving into Jonesboro prior to the ice storm but after 5 days of no electric, and then reading what type of pay that is being handed out, even the officer workers, which in my conversations with them this week were not only rude, but couldn't tell you what time of the day it was much less give you the information you needed to know.
The men work their butts off, but when you ask one of those incompetenent office nimrods a basic question about your electrical entrance that any one associated with an electric company should have been able to answer I was told "You'll need to get an electrician to check that out". Well listen honey child, try finding one in this mess, if I could have, I would have not waited forever to talk to someone who was so rude and in need of basic etiquette training.
I will be selling my home and moving into town. This is the Arkansas equivalent of Wall Street banking greed and incompetence and morality (Yes, I've heard the stories about some of the females there as well and from some of the male employees, no less).
So, by your comments, you just made yourself look like a nimrod, not the people behind the phone. First of all, they are told what to say, they don't come up with the answers themselves. Second of all, there is a difference between an electrician and a line man. My husband is an electrician, and guess what, while our children and I left town, my husband (the electrician you claim to not be able to find in this mess) stayed behind to work 12 hours or more a day (not paid the same as the line men) to help ungrateful people like you. The line men do the pole work and stuff while the elecricians work on the stuff on your house. Obviously your service was probably ripped off of your house, so yes, you need an electrician, because line men don't do that. It's a profession just like any other where everyone has their own job they are trained at. You wouldn't ask an EMT to solve a murder case, would you??? Get your facts straight and quit griping about the sacrifices these wonderful people have made for you. And by the way, the reason CWL was turned on faster is because they service the major hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and bigger places for shelters. All of the companies have pitched in together to solve the problems and if you pay attention you will see this. I have seen trucks from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and other states, as well as other towns in Arkansas. In fact, I noticed trucks from Hope, AR working at the corner of Caraway and Phillips the other day. Get over yourself and consider others. Everyone is working as hard as they can. And no, you will not get a pin pointed time or day as to when you will get your service, because of people like you that will be calling back up there throwing a fit because it wasn't done exactly at the time that they told you!!! This is a crisis for everyone, therefore it takes time. Just remember, the world doesn't revolve around you or anyone else complaining on here.
hello

Little Rock, AR

#47 Feb 1, 2009
Electricians Wife wrote:
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So, by your comments, you just made yourself look like a nimrod, not the people behind the phone. First of all, they are told what to say, they don't come up with the answers themselves. Second of all, there is a difference between an electrician and a line man. My husband is an electrician, and guess what, while our children and I left town, my husband (the electrician you claim to not be able to find in this mess) stayed behind to work 12 hours or more a day (not paid the same as the line men) to help ungrateful people like you. The line men do the pole work and stuff while the elecricians work on the stuff on your house. Obviously your service was probably ripped off of your house, so yes, you need an electrician, because line men don't do that. It's a profession just like any other where everyone has their own job they are trained at. You wouldn't ask an EMT to solve a murder case, would you??? Get your facts straight and quit griping about the sacrifices these wonderful people have made for you. And by the way, the reason CWL was turned on faster is because they service the major hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and bigger places for shelters. All of the companies have pitched in together to solve the problems and if you pay attention you will see this. I have seen trucks from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and other states, as well as other towns in Arkansas. In fact, I noticed trucks from Hope, AR working at the corner of Caraway and Phillips the other day. Get over yourself and consider others. Everyone is working as hard as they can. And no, you will not get a pin pointed time or day as to when you will get your service, because of people like you that will be calling back up there throwing a fit because it wasn't done exactly at the time that they told you!!! This is a crisis for everyone, therefore it takes time. Just remember, the world doesn't revolve around you or anyone else complaining on here.
FINALLY!! Someone with some common sense!! Kudos to you ma'am!!
Wall Street lookie here

United States

#48 Feb 1, 2009
Electricians Wife wrote:
<quoted text>
So, by your comments, you just made yourself look like a nimrod, not the people behind the phone. First of all, they are told what to say, they don't come up with the answers themselves. Second of all, there is a difference between an electrician and a line man. My husband is an electrician, and guess what, while our children and I left town, my husband (the electrician you claim to not be able to find in this mess) stayed behind to work 12 hours or more a day (not paid the same as the line men) to help ungrateful people like you. The line men do the pole work and stuff while the elecricians work on the stuff on your house. Obviously your service was probably ripped off of your house, so yes, you need an electrician, because line men don't do that. It's a profession just like any other where everyone has their own job they are trained at. You wouldn't ask an EMT to solve a murder case, would you??? Get your facts straight and quit griping about the sacrifices these wonderful people have made for you. And by the way, the reason CWL was turned on faster is because they service the major hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and bigger places for shelters. All of the companies have pitched in together to solve the problems and if you pay attention you will see this. I have seen trucks from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and other states, as well as other towns in Arkansas. In fact, I noticed trucks from Hope, AR working at the corner of Caraway and Phillips the other day. Get over yourself and consider others. Everyone is working as hard as they can. And no, you will not get a pin pointed time or day as to when you will get your service, because of people like you that will be calling back up there throwing a fit because it wasn't done exactly at the time that they told you!!! This is a crisis for everyone, therefore it takes time. Just remember, the world doesn't revolve around you or anyone else complaining on here.
Afraid not nimrod jr. My service was in tact. I have underground service. I had a very basic question, that if you work at an electric company in customer service, should be answerable without having to find an electrician.

I don't think the world revolves around me. However, for my 72 year old mother who just under went major surgery for cancer 5 days prior to this and is staying with me so I can help her is a totally different story. Recovering from major surgery in a frigid house is not exactly an optimal solution, every hotel from here to Tupelo, MS that I checked on was full, So forgive me if I can't feel alot of compassion for your sacrfrices right now.
Wall Street lookie here

United States

#49 Feb 1, 2009
hello wrote:
<quoted text>
FUNNY bc I NEVER said that I worked for them and I do NOT live in Jonesboro or even in craighead or greene county! I live over an hour away! I have had power this whole time bc my city only got snow! Maybe you should get on Entergy bc thier rates are sooooo much lower! LOL
Yes, and I'm sure pigs also are flying in your neighborhood.

“Don't care for freeloaders”

Since: Aug 08

Paragould

#50 Feb 1, 2009
guest wrote:
<quoted text>
There is no need for them to be in misery. The shelter at the Convo center has nurses, and is warm and safe ...
No, sleeping on cots is not the best, but the folks there are so kind, and the residents are well behaved (not like when Katrina hit).
Just be sure they take there meds, toiletries, and comfy pillows. Also a good book or games for their kids.
One of the rentors is in a wheel chair and needs a hospital bed, so sleeping on cots is not an option for them, and his wife will never leave him alone.

I don't think either of them could stand the noise there to be honest, they liked living in the country because it was so quiet, but they've already told me they are moving because this has been way too overwhelming for them. I offered to let them stay with me, but they're private and proud people.

And yes, I know this was a disaster, and I think alot of the posters here do as well. What we are saying is that some things could have been handled a little better. Better communication by the electric companies just to let people know where they are work and expected recovery time would be nice. One of my friends was told they would be out 3 weeks, paid $1500.00 for a generator and had power 5 hours later.

People are out a great deal of expense trying to survive this. Candles, batteries, flash lights, propane, butane, gas grills, generators. Better communication would help them know what to expect. My friend would never have paid $1500.00 for a generator if he knew he was going to have power 5 hours later. That is all I'm say, communicate with the public better, let them know where the work is going on. The dispatch crews know where the work is going on at, how hard is it to keep the office staff up to date?

With everyone stressed, tired and overwhelmed, patience is needed, but the longer it goes, the supply on it is becoming shorter.
county line

United States

#51 Feb 1, 2009
The best I can tell you just want to sit around and bitch and stir up trouble, I think you should not move to town just simply out of the country ( ie:USA) The people in the office have an attitude because of idiots like you, they are simply just doing their job. I still dont have power but I am not crying about attitudes and pay scales. When you move you should look for a higher paying job, and maybee get prepared for the next power outage.
Wall Street lookie here wrote:
<quoted text>
Well I'm a Craighead Electric customer who just had power restored late yesterday.
I have to say after reading the comments here, I'm a very pissed off customer. I had been considering moving into Jonesboro prior to the ice storm but after 5 days of no electric, and then reading what type of pay that is being handed out, even the officer workers, which in my conversations with them this week were not only rude, but couldn't tell you what time of the day it was much less give you the information you needed to know.
The men work their butts off, but when you ask one of those incompetenent office nimrods a basic question about your electrical entrance that any one associated with an electric company should have been able to answer I was told "You'll need to get an electrician to check that out". Well listen honey child, try finding one in this mess, if I could have, I would have not waited forever to talk to someone who was so rude and in need of basic etiquette training.
I will be selling my home and moving into town. This is the Arkansas equivalent of Wall Street banking greed and incompetence and morality (Yes, I've heard the stories about some of the females there as well and from some of the male employees, no less).
Wall Street lookie here

United States

#52 Feb 1, 2009
county line wrote:
The best I can tell you just want to sit around and bitch and stir up trouble, I think you should not move to town just simply out of the country ( ie:USA) The people in the office have an attitude because of idiots like you, they are simply just doing their job. I still dont have power but I am not crying about attitudes and pay scales. When you move you should look for a higher paying job, and maybee get prepared for the next power outage.<quoted text>
You're a Bozo that makes presumptions about crap you know nothing about and if you had bothered reading my post you would know that I have a 72 year old mother who had just under gone major surgery for cancer staying with me.

There's no stirring up trouble if it's the truth. I'm not the utility worker's wife who was on here talking about their pay. And for the record, Bozo if you knew how to research, you would find their salaries are out of line with other co-ops in Arkansas and the surrounding area, and forgive me if I as a rate payer think their salaries, benefits and number of office staff is out of proportion. But maybe that's because I have a masters degree in economics and finance you gullible ditz who obviously wouldn't know a balance sheet from toilet paper.

We as rate payers and tax payers are being gouged, sorry if you're in a business that thinks that's just fine. I don't happen too.
Thanks

United States

#53 Feb 1, 2009
While I'm agreement with some of the negativity about Craighead, I want to thank the lineman that turned on my power today.

His name was Rawlie (I think that's what I heard), and the poor man looked dead tired. The guys in the field have my utmost respect and as for the other stuff, I'm just disgusted.

When this is all said and done, I think action needs to be taken, whether that be with the quorum court, or the Public service commission.
county line

United States

#54 Feb 1, 2009
If you have a problem with their pay scale and the number of employees I would recomend you attend a meeting and speak your opinion, it is a public coop. I am sorry your mother has under gone major surgery and hope she gets well soon. But one thing I will say is my power has been off as long as anyone elses, and I have not spent one dark, cold night, I have had TV (satelite) hot showers, and the temp in my house has not dipped below 68 unless I have not been here. But maybe that was becaused I was prepared. I would think anyone who had a masters degree in anything would be prepared. But maybe I was wrong and under estimated the common sense of a well educated individual. " LIFE IS TOUGH AND ITS EVEN TOUGHER WHEN YOUR STUPID "
Wall Street lookie here wrote:
<quoted text>
You're a Bozo that makes presumptions about crap you know nothing about and if you had bothered reading my post you would know that I have a 72 year old mother who had just under gone major surgery for cancer staying with me.
There's no stirring up trouble if it's the truth. I'm not the utility worker's wife who was on here talking about their pay. And for the record, Bozo if you knew how to research, you would find their salaries are out of line with other co-ops in Arkansas and the surrounding area, and forgive me if I as a rate payer think their salaries, benefits and number of office staff is out of proportion. But maybe that's because I have a masters degree in economics and finance you gullible ditz who obviously wouldn't know a balance sheet from toilet paper.
We as rate payers and tax payers are being gouged, sorry if you're in a business that thinks that's just fine. I don't happen too.
Where

United States

#55 Feb 1, 2009
county line wrote:
If you have a problem with their pay scale and the number of employees I would recomend you attend a meeting and speak your opinion, it is a public coop. I am sorry your mother has under gone major surgery and hope she gets well soon. But one thing I will say is my power has been off as long as anyone elses, and I have not spent one dark, cold night, I have had TV (satelite) hot showers, and the temp in my house has not dipped below 68 unless I have not been here. But maybe that was becaused I was prepared. I would think anyone who had a masters degree in anything would be prepared. But maybe I was wrong and under estimated the common sense of a well educated individual. " LIFE IS TOUGH AND ITS EVEN TOUGHER WHEN YOUR STUPID " <quoted text>
Well are you just a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day? Sorry, but what with stay with my mother at the hospital for three days and then trying to take care of her once she was released, I did not have time to prepare.

Yes, I made mistakes, the biggest one was living in the country with an all electric home. One which I will be remedying once my contractor in Little Rock is free, I plan on no longer being independent of the need to have electricity provided to my home from the electric company. It's going to cost me over $20,000 but it is worth the investment for my part and LIFE IS MUCH BETTER WHEN YOU HAVE MONEY AND YOU CAN THUMB YOUR NOSE AT IGNORANT, NARROW MINDED REDNECKS WHO DON'T HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF HAVING AN ORIGINAL IDEA.
guest

Jonesboro, AR

#56 Feb 1, 2009
Ya have to wonder wrote:
<quoted text>
One of the rentors is in a wheel chair and needs a hospital bed, so sleeping on cots is not an option for them, and his wife will never leave him alone.
I don't think either of them could stand the noise there to be honest, they liked living in the country because it was so quiet, but they've already told me they are moving because this has been way too overwhelming for them. I offered to let them stay with me, but they're private and proud people.
And yes, I know this was a disaster, and I think alot of the posters here do as well. What we are saying is that some things could have been handled a little better. Better communication by the electric companies just to let people know where they are work and expected recovery time would be nice. One of my friends was told they would be out 3 weeks, paid $1500.00 for a generator and had power 5 hours later.
People are out a great deal of expense trying to survive this. Candles, batteries, flash lights, propane, butane, gas grills, generators. Better communication would help them know what to expect. My friend would never have paid $1500.00 for a generator if he knew he was going to have power 5 hours later. That is all I'm say, communicate with the public better, let them know where the work is going on. The dispatch crews know where the work is going on at, how hard is it to keep the office staff up to date?
With everyone stressed, tired and overwhelmed, patience is needed, but the longer it goes, the supply on it is becoming shorter.
They have someone in there with a hospital bed. I heard that they do want folks who need assistance to bring someone who can help them.

I understand that people are stubborn and proud - know lots of them that way. It's just that folks need not suffer - you know? It's their choice if they are.

And yes, I understand that you would like more communication, but I cannot imagine how they could make that happen as quickly as things change...

Your friend may have paid $1500 for a generator - now they will have one for the future - or, they can resell it, or loan it to someone who needs it (like your proud renters!).
WTH CARES

United States

#57 Feb 1, 2009
Who cares, as usual during an ice storm, we're out of power for an extended period of time. This will be my last time though, because I've just had enough.

This is my 3rd major ice storm since living in the country and I've heard the same stories all three times, we have catastrophic damage, we can't tell you when you'll have power, blah, blah. You can't plan or know what type of supplies to stock up on. I don't think living in the country means that I should have a bomb shelter full of supplies just in case.

It's not the fault of the men who work for them, they are nice guys, I've eaten many a breakfast with some of them, and they're great guys but I'm just tired of having to live like I'm in a 3rd world country when we have ice storms or thunderstorm damage.

I have a generator that provides some of the basics, but it's a hassle to keep filling it up with gas and keeping it running and the first couple of days finding gas was a nightmare.

To the guys that are working, thanks for all you do, I appreciate you, but I'm just tired.
Agree

Kansas City, MO

#58 Feb 1, 2009
Going Green wrote:
Dear Lord in Heaven, After all this frozen mess is over I'm converting my house over to 12 Volts, get a 60 inch windmill generator, a 200 sq ft solar panel, fresnel lens array water heating system and freeing myself from utility poles forever and help save this beautiful blue planet you provided for us. Amen.
Excellent idea. However, when that next ice storm hits, your windmill is going to be covered in ice, frozen in place, and perhaps snapped into pieces. Your expensive solar panels will also be covered in ice, and probably extensively damaged. Even if the panels keep working, a storm like this will mean CLOUDS. A solar panel doesn't work without the sun out. Duh. I hope you plan on having a bank of several hundred spare batteries to get you through the power outage that you'll have while you wait for new solar and wind equipment to get to you through special order off the Internet.
Agree

Kansas City, MO

#59 Feb 1, 2009
WTH CARES wrote:
but I'm just tired of having to live like I'm in a 3rd world country when we have ice storms or thunderstorm damage.
You've clearly never been in a third world country, or even watched much news coverage of one. Talk about ignorant. You may be without power for a few days, but you have options. Clearly you managed to find your way to a computer this quickly after a storm. How about water? Are you drinking reasonably clean water? Try some third world water. I guarantee you a nice raging case of the shits for the next few days, at least. How about some third world response? I guarantee you those guys in the nice shiny fire trucks aren't going to show up to help you out in an emergency if you were living in a third world country. Oh...I expect that you'll want to invest in some sterile needle kits. If you were in a third world country and went to the hospital, you'd be able to take home a nice case of AIDS or hepatitis since they usually don't have clean needles. They actually might reuse the ones from the guy before you. Sometimes, they even reuse the rubber gloves...if they had any in the first place.

I'll tell you what...why don't you move to a third world country? We don't need to breed any more ignorant Americans....
county line

United States

#60 Feb 1, 2009
Let me shine some more sunshine on ya, You can buy a standby home generator system for 4199.99 w/free shipping. http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores... , and probaly get some dumb ignorant, over paid, redneck that dont have a degree to install it for 1500.00. Thats a total of 5699.99 and a savings of 14300.01 that you could further your education with or start your own consulting services, and I dont even have a degree.
Where wrote:
<quoted text>
Well are you just a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day? Sorry, but what with stay with my mother at the hospital for three days and then trying to take care of her once she was released, I did not have time to prepare.
Yes, I made mistakes, the biggest one was living in the country with an all electric home. One which I will be remedying once my contractor in Little Rock is free, I plan on no longer being independent of the need to have electricity provided to my home from the electric company. It's going to cost me over $20,000 but it is worth the investment for my part and LIFE IS MUCH BETTER WHEN YOU HAVE MONEY AND YOU CAN THUMB YOUR NOSE AT IGNORANT, NARROW MINDED REDNECKS WHO DON'T HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF HAVING AN ORIGINAL IDEA.

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