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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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June 30 Deadline Looms For TVPPA Fiber Group

Having been approved May 22 by the TVPPA Board of Directors, the new Fiber Deployment Advisory Group (FDAG) is being formed with an eye toward helping coordinate efforts among TVPPA members and with TVA. Following the model of the Regulatory Advisory Group (RAG),...

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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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Johnson City PB Now An Authority

As of the close of business March 31, Johnson City, TN, Power Board became an energy authority. The utility announced that it would continue to operate under the name "Johnson City Power Board" for the next several months, during which time the utility's leadership...

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Athens, TN, UB Trio Leads Apprentice Class

TVPPA's most recent Line Apprentice class took its final exam near Scottsboro, AL, but the head of that class is in Athens, TN. Athens, TN, UB linemen Abe Aziz, Dickie Slack and Matt Price posted the top three scores in their class on the exam, administered Jan. 24-26...

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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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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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