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Ealy, Johnson named national finalists in 'Who Powers You'


Who Powers You? For thousands of people in Jackson County, Laurel County and beyond, the answer is, Linda Ealy and Zachary Johnson.

Ealy and Johnson were national finalists in the Touchstone Energy Who Powers You” contest. Electric cooperative members were asked to nominate someone from their local community who inspires them. Ealy was nominated by her daughter, Lindsey Gay, for her care of Gay’s 16-year-old brother, Isaac. Isaac suffered a traumatic brain injury in an ATV accident last July. Johnson was nominated by his mother, Beverly Johnson, for the unselfish care he helped provide for his brother, Eric. Eric passed away in 2014 after spending a year in the hospital fighting leukemia.

They were among the 62 people from across the country whose stories of giving, caring and community support were shared through the contest. Three prize winners and seven finalists were selected by a committee of independent judges. 

We were honored to have two Jackson Energy members as national finalist in this contest,” says Jackson Energy President & CEO Carol Wright. They are just two of many members who provide inspiration to others in the communities we serve.”

The grand prize winners, Debbie and John Southwell of Honda, Texas, raise funds for abused children and are working to build group homes in their community. Other prize winners were J.C. Brooks from Campton, Kentucky, who spearheaded a campaign to turn an abandoned high school into a community center and senior living apartments, and Jerry and Vickie Morris from Whitesville, Kentucky, who have raised over $200,000 for local charities and built two homes for handicapped residents in their community. For more information on the contest, visit