Meridian native Joseph (Joe) Cole will represent in front of the cameras on Sunday night when he appears on the HGTV television series Home Town.
After graduating from Meridian High School in 2001, Cole continued his education in Mississippi, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. In 2006 he started his career at his Mississippi Power where his father David Cole retired after 30 years of his life.
In 2021, Cole moved to Laurel as Area Manager for Mississippi Power. He is his third employee at Mississippi Power and will appear on the show with his husband and wife team, Erin and Ben his Napier. Cole discussed energy efficiency with the Napier family and offered advice on how to build the projects they were working on in an energy efficient manner.
“In this episode they were renovating an existing commercial building,” Cole said. “We talked about the energy efficiency of buildings, but more specifically about heating and cooling in older buildings, especially since there were no existing ducts for central air and heat.
“We ended up advising that the ductless mini-split system was a good option for older buildings with no existing ducts,” says Cole.
Cole also advised installing energy efficient windows as an additional feature in older buildings.
“A big part is having windows that don’t detract from the classic charm of the building. It’s about having windows that play a big role, look great and are energy efficient at the same time,” says Cole. “They have achieved it.”
When asked about his experience on the set of “Hometown,” Cole described it as relaxing and fun.
“It was scary at first for me, but the cast and crew were so reassuring and accommodating.”Ben and Erin were very down to earth and easy to talk to. washed it all away.”
“Hometown” is a fitting name for a popular show, Cole added.
“It was a hometown feel and definitely a show to be proud of,” Cole said. They are very friendly people.”
Ben and Erin’s “home town” gave the city of Laurel a lot of exposure. Cole says there is no shortage of talent and opportunities in Laurel or Mississippi.
“Tourism has exploded,” Cole said. “People from all over the world have gathered in search of the attractions they saw on TV, adding new energy to the city. Looking at the plate is nothing.
“When you see its charm on TV and come here and walk or drive, it really grabs you and is something you can’t miss… I would say downtown Mississippi. Others follow.” I will not allow
Cole said he could sum up his experience in front of the camera in a few words. “It didn’t come naturally to me, but the cast and crew made it a very easy process.
“The shooting was over before I knew it. It was really fun and I didn’t mind being in front of the camera again.”