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Evans Makes TVA History, Passes Gavel To Howorth

Lynn Evans made more history than she realized when she took TVA’s gavel. When her colleagues on the TVA Board of Directors elected her at the outset of 2017 to succeed outgoing Chairman Joe Ritch, Evans knew she was the first African-American to so serve. “What I...

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Morgan Succeeds Burt at Philadelphia Utilities

Kirk Morgan has succeeded the retired John Burt as general manager at Philadelphia, MS, Utilities. With his July 1 retirement, Burt closed the book on a career of 36 years as Philadelphia Utilities’ chief executive – the longest such run in that organization’s...

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Peters Taps Culpepper To Lead TVPPA E & T

TVPPA President/CEO Doug Peters has named Kim Culpepper to serve as director of TVPPA Education & Training. Culpepper takes charge of TVPPA E & T having worked the past four years as Technical Training manager. He is retired from East Mississippi EPA,...

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Dykes, Littleton Named To 7SPC Board

Johnson City, TN, PB CEO Jeff Dykes and Shannon Littleton, general manager at Lenoir City, TN, UB, have been named to the Seven States Power Corp. (7SPC) Board of Directors. The appointments were made by the 7SPC directors at their July 17 meeting in Chattanooga, TN....

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Peters Takes Charge At TVPPA

Doug Peters has succeeded the retired Jack Simmons as president/CEO at TVPPA. The Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) Board of Directors announced its selection of Peters (shown at right) July 14. He assumed his new duties Aug. 1. TVPPA Chairman Greg...

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TMEPA Names Solsbee

The Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association (TMEPA) has named Brian Solsbee its new executive director. A former general manager at Etowah, TN, Utilities, Solsbee is scheduled to succeed Mike Vinson, who plans to retire at the end of July. Solsbee, an Etowah...

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Davis to Succeed Coode at Cumberland EMC

Jim Coode, general manager at Cumberland EMC, Clarksville, TN, for the past nine years, has announced his retirement, effective June 2018. The cooperative’s board of directors has tapped Chris Davis to serve as assistant general manager and succeed Coode next year....

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Mt. Pleasant ES Taps Kerstiens

Al Kerstiens, assistant general manager at Mt. Pleasant, TN PS since 2008, has been promoted to the utility's top job. He assumed the duties of retiring General Manager Derek Church July 1 and will officially succeed Church Oct. 1. Kerstiens earned his undergraduate...

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Ross Takes Over at Loudon Utilities

Ty Ross has taken over as general manager at Loudon, TN, Utilities. He succeeds the late Lynn Mills, who passed away March 19, 2017. Ross also serves as Loudon’s city manager. A Georgia native, he came to Loudon after seven years as city manager in Dalton, GA. Ross...

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Nashville ES Dominates Valley Rodeo

Had the Nashville Predators hockey team fared as well June 11 as Nashville, TN, ES’ linemen did June 9-10, the Preds would’ve stayed alive in the Stanley Cup Finals. The Preds lost at home that Sunday night and had to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate their...

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TVPPA, TVA, North Alabama EC Team Up To Land Mohawk

In the space of four months, North Alabama EC, Stevenson, AL, went from looming famine to imminent feast. Back in January, Beaulieu Fibers announced plans to shut down its Bridgeport, AL, factory. Faced with the prospect of 375 lost jobs, North Alabama EC General...

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Hicks Succeeds Bettis At Sweetwater UB

Eric Hicks, a 23-year veteran at Sweetwater, TN, UB, is that utility’s new general manager. He succeeds the late Robert Bettis, who passed away in January 2017 after a brief illness. Hicks had understudied Bettis as Sweetwater UB’s assistant GM since 2013. Hicks...

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Williams, Kemp Continue at Head of TVPPA Board

TVPPA Chairman Greg Williams and Vice Chairman Terry Kemp are scheduled to remain in place through 2017. Meeting in Savannah, GA, during the 71st Annual Conference, the TVPPA Board of Directors voted to defer nominations for the offices of chairman and vice chairman...

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TVPPA Board Honors Outgoing Members, Welcomes New

The TVPPA Board of Directors took a moment during its meeting at the 71st Annual Conference to honor outgoing members and welcome new ones. The board saluted outgoing Secretary/Treasurer and former Vice Chairman Jerry Collins of Memphis, TN, LG & W; Mike Browder...

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TVPPA Directors Confer Honorary Memberships

During its meeting at the 71st Annual Conference, the TVPPA Board of Directors voted to confer Honorary Memberships on 18 member managers/CEOs who’d either retired or passed away since the 2016 Annual Conference: • Danny Brisendine (Ft. Payne, AL, IA) • Austin Carroll...

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Board Ratifies Howard, Lawson Nominations

During its meeting at the 71st Annual Conference, the TVPPA Board of Directors ratified two committee nominations. Eddie Howard of Alcorn Co., EPA, Corinth, MS, to serve as Mississippi District cooperative representative to the Energy Services Committee. He succeeds...

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Columbia P & WS Names McCall

Kelley McCall has been named interim executive director at Columbia, TN, P & WS, succeeding Wes Kelly. McCall is the utility’s director of Finance & Administration, and will continue to oversee its daily fiscal operations. She was promoted to the F & A job...

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TVPPA’s Crawford DSA To ‘Amazed’ Kitchens

To George Kitchens, TVPPA's Richard C. Crawford Distinguished Service Award was "a very significant [honor] that other people got." Until it wasn't. Kitchens, the chief executive at Joe Wheeler EMC, Trinity, AL, was presented the 2017 Crawford DSA at TVPPA's 71st...

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TVPPA Mourns Loss of Sam Head

Former TVPPA Chairman Sam Head, 90, passed away May 7, 2017, in Memphis, TN. During his 55-year public-power career, Head served as chief executive of two TVPPA-member utilities - Cullman EC, Cullman, AL and Columbus, MS, L & W. Head was working in Columbus when...

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Marshall-DeKalb EC’s Stewart Retires

Jim Stewart, general manager at Marshall DeKalb EC, Boaz, AL, retired May 16, closing the book on a 43-year career in the electric-utility industry. Stewart, who’d been the cooperative’s chief executive since 1988, was succeeded by Scott Bobo, himself a veteran of 18...

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TVA Directors Approve $300M Strategic Fiber Plan

Meeting May 11, in Murfreesboro, TN, the TVA Board of Directors approved a $300 million strategic fiber initiative that will expand TVA’s fiber capacity and improve the reliability and resiliency of the transmission system. “Our fiber network was constructed beginning...

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Seven TVPPA Members Win 10 MW of DSS Solar Capacity

Seven TVPPA-member utilities have been awarded a total of 10 megawatts of carbon-free solar capacity by TVA and TVPPA. Those utilities were among 13 applying for that capacity through TVA’s Distributed Solar Solutions (DSS) pilot program, which encourages local power...

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