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Seven States Sets Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Seven States Power Corp. (7SPC) is set for Nov. 30 in Smyrna, TN. Speaking to 7SPC's Board of Directors during its Sept. 18 meeting in Chattanooga, TN, Vice President Betsey Kirk McCall said the meeting would be at Smyrna's Nissan/Tennessee...

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TVPPA Board Renames Advisory Group

Meeting Sept. 17 in Chattanooga, TN, the TVPPA Board of Directors voted to change the name of a key advisory group. TVPPA’s directors voted unanimously to change the name of the Regulatory Advisory Group to the Contract Compliance Advisory Group. Huntsville, AL,...

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The Valley Responds

TVPPA-member line crews from all over the Valley have worked and are working to restore power in parts of the Carolinas crippled by Hurricane Florence. Here's a partial list of TVPPA-member utilities that sent help: Appalachian EC, New Market, TN Athens, TN, UB Caney...

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TVPPA Welcomes Melinda Harris

TVPPA has named Melinda Harris to the position of corporate data analyst. While Harris will be working primarily with TVPPA Strategic Energy Solutions, rates and pricing, she’ll also be bringing her expertise to bear on behalf of Seven States Power Corp. “We’re...

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TVA’s Grimes Announces Retirement

TVA Chief Generating Officer Joe Grimes has announced plans to retire Nov. 1. With his retirement, Grimes would close the book on a 40-year career. He spent the last five of those years at TVA, having signed on in 2013 as chief nuclear officer. In a statement, TVA...

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Peters: TVPPA, TVA Need New ‘Model’

TVPPA and TVA will require a “new business model” to best serve the Valley in the future. So said TVPPA President/CEO Doug Peters at an Aug. 22 TVA Board of Directors meeting in Knoxville, TN. The centerpiece of the meeting was the TVA board’s approval of a FY2019...

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Bolas Takes Over At KUB

Gabriel “Gabe” Bolas II has been named by the Knoxville, TN, UB Board of Commissioners to succeed retiring President/CEO Mintha Roach. Bolas, who’d served most recently as the utility’s senior vice president and chief engineer, would be the seventh chief executive in...

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TVPPA Promotes Philpott

TVPPA has named Courtney Philpott to the post of Conferences/Meetings coordinator. Philpott joined TVPPA in 2011 on a part-time basis. She earned her undergraduate degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013, then went full-time at...

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DIC Elects Collins, Taylor, Hargrove, Peters, Scudder

Meeting Aug. 2 via conference call, the Distributors Insurance Co. Board of Directors elected Faron Collins of Weakley Co., TN, MES to a one-year term as chairman. Collins had served previously as DIC’s vice chairman. DIC’s directors also promoted Brian Taylor of CDE...

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After 54 Years, Powell Valley EC’s Meyers To Retire

Randell Meyers, general manager at Powell Valley EC, New Tazewell, TN, since 1992, has announced his intention to retire after a 54-year run at that cooperative. Meyers will be succeeded on an interim basis by Mike Knotts, vice president for Government Affairs at the...

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4-County EPA’s Cade To Retire

Joe Cade, general manager at 4-County EPA, Columbus, MS, since 2010, has announced his intention to retire. With his retirement, set to take effect Sept. 30, Cade would close the book on a career that included two stretches at the cooperative – he first signed on in...

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Rains Joins TVPPA

In signing on with TVPPA, Brad Rains is returning to public power. Rains is TVPPA’s new manager of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Deployments. He started July 30 and will work alongside Director of Strategic Energy Solutions Steve Noe. “We’re pleased to welcome...

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Trenton L & W Picks Wamble

Joe Wamble has been named general manager at Trenton, TN, L & W. He succeeds Scott Dahlstrom, who left earlier this year for a similar position at Columbia, TN, P & L, and Jenny Corbin, Dahlstrom’s interim successor. A resident of Trenton for more than three decades,...

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Seven States Board Approves EV Project

Meeting July 16 at Chattanooga, TN, the Seven States Power Corp. Board of Directors approved a plan for the installation of three to five electric-vehicle (EV) chargers at the corporation’s main office. The Seven States (7SPC) directors approved $25,000 for the...

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Power Play Golf Set Sept. 30-Oct. 1

The 2018 Power Play Scholarship Association Golf Tournament is set for an Oct. 1 return engagement at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, KY. TVA is scheduled to announce details, including entry information, in the coming weeks. The tournament serves as a...

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TVPPA Taps Noe For Strategic Energy Solutions

Steve Noe, a veteran of some 25 years at Knoxville, TN, UB and TVA, has joined TVPPA’s Chattanooga, TN-based staff. Noe is TVPPA’s new director of Strategic Energy Solutions. He’ll focus his efforts on developing energy options for TVPPA members and report to Clint...

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Grant, Fitzpatrick, Brown, Nashville ES Rodeo Champs

Given that the 2018 Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo was held in Murfreesboro, TN, the first-place hardware didn't go very far - and some of it didn't even leave town. In fact, Middle Tennessee EMC, Murfreesboro, TN, swept the Journeyman Division's first four places,...

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TVPPA’s Burgess Announces Retirement

Phillip Burgess, TVPPA’s vice president for Communications/Government Relations and its senior staff member, has announced his intention to retire, effective Oct. 1. With his retirement, Burgess would close the book on a distinguished 34-year career in public power –...

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TVPPA Welcomes Badeaux

Carrie Badeaux has joined TVPPA’s Chattanooga, TN-based staff as executive management assistant to President/CEO Doug Peters and Executive Vice Presidents Betsey Kirk McCall and Danette Scudder. “We’re fortunate to have Carrie join our team,” McCall said. “The depth...

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TVPPA Names Bryant Conferences/Meetings Director

TVPPA has named Diana Bryant to the post of Conferences & Meetings director. Bryant has served for most of the past seven years as TVPPA’s Conferences coordinator; that run was bookended by two stints as interim director. “We’re very pleased to promote Diana,” said...

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TVPPA Responds To OMB’s Stance On TVA

TVPPA released the following statement in response to a June 21 report on an Office of Management and Budget plan that reiterates a Trump Administration proposal to sell TVA transmission assets: The Tennessee Valley Public Power Association is disappointed and...

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APPA Taps Decosta Jenkins, Todd Gale

Decosta Jenkins, president/CEO at Nashville, TN, ES, will serve as chair-elect of the American Public Power Association (APPA) for the next year. Jenkins was so elected at APPA’s Annual Conference, held in mid-June at New Orleans, LA. He's joined on the APPA Board of...

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TVPPA Members Approve Bylaw Change, Resolutions

Meeting during the 72nd Annual Conference, TVPPA’s membership approved a landmark change in the bylaws and nine resolutions. The membership gave its assent to an amendment to Article 4, Section 4.21 of the TVPPA bylaws. That change alters the process for appointment...

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TVPPA Directors Confer Honorary Memberships

Meeting at Point Clear, AL, during the 72nd Annual Conference, the TVPPA Board of Directors conferred Honorary Member status on seven individuals who retired from TVPPA or one of its member utilities in the 12 months prior. The Board so honored John Burt of...

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Bean, Fourth Man On Moon And 2011 Keynoter, Dies

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon and keynoter at TVPPA’s 2011 Annual Conference, died May 26 in Houston, TX, at age 86. Selected for the astronaut program in 1963, Bean went to the moon six years later, aboard Apollo 12, then...

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