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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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Kitchens Returning To TVPPA Board

Former TVPPA Chairman George Kitchens is scheduled to return to the TVPPA Board of Directors at the 71st Annual Conference. The veteran general manager at Joe Wheeler EMC, Trinity, AL, was elected April 19 to represent Alabama District cooperatives on the TVPPA board....

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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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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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