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Murfreesboro ED Taps P.D. Mynatt

P.D. Mynatt, a veteran of more than 27 years at Murfreesboro, TN, ED, has been named the utility’s general manager. The Murfreesboro ED Board of Directors tapped Mynatt in January to succeed the departed Steve Sax on an interim basis. The utility's directors removed...

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Rowland, Newman Welcomed To TVPPA Board

Former TVPPA Chairman Ronny Rowland and Jeff Newman, general manager at Forked Deer EC, Halls, TN, were formally welcomed to the TVPPA Board of Directors at that body's March 20 meeting in Chattanooga, TN. It's familiar ground for Rowland, who served as TVPPA's...

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Iverson Joins Seven States Board

Mark Iverson, general manager at Bowling Green, KY, MU and a member of the TVPPA Board of Directors, has joined the Seven States Power Corporation (7SPC) Board of Directors. Iverson formally joined the 7SPC panel at its March 13 meeting. He represents the Kentucky...

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TVPPA Mourns Loss of Lynn Mills

TVPPA Director Lynn Mills died March 19 after a lengthy illness. Mills, 67, had a long career at Loudon, TN, Utilities, where he was manager at the time of his death. He'd also served as Loudon’s city manager. In 2014, Mills was elected by his Southeastern District...

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Clock Running On Crawford DSA Nominations

It’s less than a month now before nominations for TVPPA’s most prestigious honor will close. Nominations for the Richard C. Crawford Distinguished Service Award should be returned to TVPPA Communications Director Phillip Burgess by close of business April 14. The...

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Wes Kelley To Take Reins At Huntsville Utilities

Huntsville, AL, Utilities announced March 10 that Wes Kelley has been named its president/CEO. A member of the TVPPA Board of Directors, Kelley has served for the past five years as executive director at Columbia, TN, P & WS. He arrived in Columbia from Pulaski,...

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Fort Payne IA Turns To Native Son Shirey

Mike Shirey, a veteran of 35 years at TVA, has been named to succeed Danny Brisendine as general manager at Fort Payne, AL, IA. The 58-year-old Shirey is scheduled to start work April 10. “I’ve still got some gas in the tank,” he said. “I was born and raised in Fort...

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APPA Legislative Rally Takeaways

Having spent Feb. 27 – March 2 in Washington, D.C., at the APPA’s annual Legislative Rally, TVPPA Communications/Government Relations Director Phillip Burgess offers these takeaways for the Valley’s municipals: • TVPPA asked leaders to oppose any reforms that would...

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TVPPA Offers Senators TVA Nominee Benchmarks

TVPPA has suggested to the Valley’s 14 U.S. Senators that anyone nominated by President Trump to the TVA Board of Directors should meet at least four specific standards. In a Feb. 23 letter, TVPPA President/CEO Jack Simmons wrote that any TVA board nominee coming...

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TVA Board Votes Howorth Chair-Elect

Meeting Feb. 16 in Gatlinburg, TN, the TVA Board of Directors elected Richard Howorth of Oxford, MS, as chair-elect. A former Oxford mayor, Howorth is in his second term on the TVA board and will assume the chair duties May 19 for the next two years. He would succeed...

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Kelly, Bub Promoted At PES Energize

Richard Kelly and Tammie Bub have been named president/CEO and executive vice president, respectively, at PES Energize, Pulaski, TN. A Florence, AL, native, Kelly succeeds Mike Meek, who retired in January 2017. Kelly holds an undergraduate degree in civil engineering...

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District ‘Roll Call’ Highlights All-Member Meeting

A preliminary draft of the agenda for TVPPA’s 2017 All-Member Meeting seemed to check all the usual boxes, but the TVPPA staff planning the meeting realized there was something missing. “When we looked at the agenda, we came to feel like we were doing all the...

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TVPPA Mourns Passing of Robert Bettis

Robert Bettis, general manager at Sweetwater, TN, UB for the past two decades, died Jan. 31 at the age of 65. Bettis was active in TVPPA, particularly in his service on the Distributors Insurance Co. Board of Directors and on various TVPPA committees. He had, in...

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Rasmussen, Shafer Set To Keynote 71st Annual Conference

The calendar still says ‘winter,’ but TVPPA’s Conferences staff has already secured several speakers for the 71st Annual Conference, set for May 22-24 at the Westin Savannah (GA) Harbor. The 2017 Annual Conference will, in fact, feature two keynote speakers – one for...

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Retired Murphy PB GM Carringer Passes at 88

John Carringer, who served for some 40 years as either manager or board member at Murphy, NC, PB, passed away Jan. 24 at the age of 88. A Murphy native, Carringer served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1953. He returned to Murphy after that hitch and took up his...

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Evans’ Election To TVA Chair Makes History

The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors has unanimously elected V. Lynn Evans of Memphis, TN, to serve as chair. Evans is the first African-American to serve as chair in TVA’s 83-year history. She is also the first female and first Memphian to chair the...

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Tuscumbia’s Thornton Retiring; McDonald to Succeed

Tuscumbia, AL, Utilities General Manager David Thornton has announced that he plans to retire March 1. Thornton, who closes the book on a 26-year career at the utility, will be succeeded by Jeff McDonald, who’s served as assistant manager since October 2016. A...

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TVA Names Balduzzi Chief Nuclear Officer

Mike Balduzzi is set to take over Jan. 23 as senior vice president/chief nuclear officer at TVA. TVA made the announcement of Balduzzi's promotion on Jan. 9. Balduzzi joined TVA as senior vice president/nuclear operations in January 2014. Balduzzi will be responsible...

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TVPPA Launches Dothan, AL, Training; Eyes Illinois Site

TVPPA Education & Training Services (E & T) has begun conducting technical training at Dothan, AL, Utilities, per an agreement reached by the two parties in late 2015, and is working on a similar arrangement in Illinois. “We’re happy to be working with Dothan...

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Bowers, Kelley Named Committee Chairmen

TVPPA Chairman Greg Williams has named John Bowers of Pickwick EC, Selmer, TN, and Wes Kelley of Columbia, TN, P & WS to TVPPA committee chairmanships. Bowers, who's heading into his third year as his cooperative's chief executive, takes over for Jim Nanney of...

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TVPPA CEO Simmons Set To Retire

TVPPA President/CEO Jack Simmons announced Dec. 12 that he plans to retire on June 1, 2017. TVPPA Chairman Greg Williams lauded Simmons’ performance not only at TVPPA, but also as chief executive of Seven States Power Corporation, a TVPPA-member-owned G & T...

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Seven States Board Elects Blevins, Fay, Ferrell

The Seven States Power Corporation (7SPC) Board of Directors voted Dec. 13 to keep Rody Blevins, Greg Fay and Jim Ferrell in place on its leadership team. Meeting in Chattanooga, TN, 7SPC's directors Blevins, president/CEO at Volunteer EC, Decatur, TN, was elected...

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Brisendine Steps Down At Fort Payne, AL, IA

Danny Brisendine has stepped down after more than 13 years as general manager at Fort Payne, AL, IA. A news release issued Nov. 17 states, in part, that Brisendine "has accepted another position with FPIA, thus delaying a much-deserved retirement." The statement...

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Griggs Named To Succeed Scarbrough at Milan, TN, DPU

Jason Griggs has been named to succeed the retiring David Scarbrough as superintendent at Milan, TN, DPU. Griggs serves currently as the chief financial officer and Economic Development director for the city of Milan. Prior to taking that post, he spent six years as...

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TVPPA Family Mourns Loss Of Huffstetler

The TVPPA family is mourning the death of Alcoa, TN, ED lineman Brian Huffstetler, who was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 28. According to officials in Blount County and Alcoa, Huffstetler, 29, died following an accident in Walland, TN. He was part of a crew...

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