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Arab EC’s Joe Van Bunch Announces Retirement

Joe Van Bunch, who signed on at Arab EC, Arab, AL, 40 years ago and has been its general manager since 1985, has announced his intention to retire effective in January 2018. A native of Union Grove, AL Bunch joined the cooperative as a book keeper before being...

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Elizabethton ES, BrightRidge Eye Consolidation

The BrightRidge Board of Directors has approved an $80,000 engineering review in connection with the potential consolidation of the Johnson City, TN,-based utility and Elizabethton, TN, ES. The review, to be executed by MidSouth Utility Consultants, is the latest step...

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Seven States Board Keeps Officers, Adds Carnahan

Meeting Dec. 12 in Chattanooga, TN, the Seven States Power Corp. (7SPC) Board of Directors got a new colleague and elected its leaders to another term. The 7SPC board elected Keith Carnahan, president/CEO at Meriwether Lewis EC, Centerville, TN, to represent Division...

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Bristol, TN, ES First Utility To Win Baldrige Award

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced Nov. 16 that Bristol, TN, ES is a 2017 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige National Quality Award is a Presidential-level award, presented annually to U.S. manufacturing, service, small...

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McCall Adds Seven States Title To Portfolio

Betsey McCall doesn't even start at TVPPA until 2018, but she's already added a second title to her portfolio. TVPPA President/CEO Doug Peters announced Nov. 17 that McCall, a former TVA executive, had agreed to join TVPPA Jan. 1 as executive vice president of...

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Cullman EC’s Smith Announces Retirement

Grady Smith, who signed on at Cullman EC, Cullman, AL, 45 years ago and has been its general manager since 1997, has announced his intention to retire. In a posting on the cooperative’s website, Smith wrote that he plans to retire no later than August 2018. He wrote...

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TVPPA Mourns Loss Of Ray Azbell

TVPPA is saddened to announce that former TVPPA Chairman Ray Azbell died Dec. 6 at the age of 97. A Sheffield, AL, native, Mr. Azbell was a registered professional engineer who served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was recalled to active...

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Hughes Departing TVPPA

Judy Hughes is going home – sort of. Hughes, TVPPA’s Accounting and Administrative Services manager for the past decade, has announced plans to return in January to North Georgia EMC. She worked at the Dalton, GA-based cooperative for five years prior to joining TVPPA...

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Adams Announces Retirement

Steve Adams, who signed on as Seven States Power Corp.’s first project manager a decade ago and later served as its vice president, has announced his plan to retire effective Dec. 31. Adams joined Seven States (7SPC) having just retired from TVA after 31 years in...

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TVA Delays Rate Change

TVA President/CEO Bill Johnson announced Nov. 15 that TVA will delay a rate change initiative originally scheduled to go before its Board of Directors in February 2018. Johnson said during TVA’s quarterly financial report that the move came at the request of TVPPA...

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TVPPA Announces New E & T Instructors

TVPPA Education & Training Director Kim Culpepper has announced that 10 new instructors will start work in 2018. Among them is former TVPPA Chairman Wayne Henson, who's set to teach classes in the Advanced Certified Power Executive certificate program. Privott Stroman...

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Peters Debuts Before TVA Board

TVPPA and TVA have occasionally tried one another and will likely continue to do so, but that the two organizations work constructively with one another is imperative. So said TVPPA President/CEO Doug Peters to the TVA Board of Directors at that body’s Nov. 9 meeting...

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EPA To Launch Clean Power Plan Repeal

Federal EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) Oct. 10, proposing to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP). After reviewing the CPP, EPA has proposed to determine that the Obama-era regulation exceeds the Agency’s statutory authority...

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Rodamaker, Fortune, Marsh, Brandt Win Power Play

The team of Dan Rodamaker, John Fortune, Michael Marsh and Carl Brandt combined to win the 2017 Power Play Golf Tournament, conducted Oct. 2 at Bowling Green, KY. Rodamaker and Fortune, the chief executives at Gibson EMC, Trenton, TN, and Bolivar, TN, EA,...

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Johnson City Utility’s New Name: BrightRidge

The TVPPA-member utility formerly known as Johnson City, TN, PB has a new name – BrightRidge. The new name completes a transformation of the former JCPB; it became an energy authority in March 2017, but continued to do business under its original name. The new name,...

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Former MS Lawmaker Takes Over At Holly Springs UD

Bill Stone has left the Mississippi Senate after nearly a decade to take the reins as general manager at Holly Springs, MS, UD. Stone was serving as leader of the Mississippi Senate’s Democrats at the time of his resignation. In taking over at Holly Springs UD, he...

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TVPPA Board of Directors Ratifies Nominations

Meeting Sept. 18, 2017, in Chattanooga, TN, the TVPPA Board of Directors ratified several nominations to two advisory groups and a committee: Confirmed to serve on the Energy Programs Advisory Group were Brent Duggar (Greeneville, TN, L & P/Appalachian District), Jeff...

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TVA Directors Approve 1.5-Percent Rate Hike

Meeting Aug. 23 in Knoxville, TN, the TVA Board of Directors approved a fiscal 2018 budget of $10.37 billion budget, including a 1.5-percent effective retail rate increase. Calling the rate increase “modest,” TVA President/CEO Bill Johnson said the hike “recognizes...

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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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Drone Use Among Safety & Security Conference Agenda Highlights

Cleveland, TN, Utilities bought a drone early this year in order to enhance its mapping capabilities, but that’s not why there’s a drone-based presentation on the agenda for TVPPA’s 2017 Safety & Security Conference. “There’s a mystique surrounding drones,” said John...

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MLGW’s Jerry Collins, Former TVPPA Vice Chair, To Retire

Jerry Collins, president of Memphis, TN, LG & W for the past decade, has announced his intention to retire, effective Dec. 19. Collins is a former TVPPA vice chairman and secretary/treasurer. He also sits on the Seven States Power Corp. Board of Directors. “Working...

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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, Meridian, MS,...

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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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