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Seven States Launches DERMS Training

Seven States Power Corp. (7SPC) is poised to deliver Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) training throughout the Valley from Nov. 19 to Dec. 19. The training will be led by Steve Noe, director of Strategic Energy Solutions for TVPPA. Noe said...

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Strickland Joins TVPPA

Nathalie Strickland is TVPPA’s new Vice President for Communications. Strickland earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and launched her public-relations career in Kansas City. She’s worked in Chattanooga for the past 18 years,...

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Gregory To Keynote CS & C, HRM Conferences

For attendees slated to be at TVPPA’s November conferences, late really is better than never. Rebekah Gregory, a survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and a noted speaker and author, was scheduled to keynote last year’s TVPPA Customer Service & Communications...

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Valley Line Crews Answer The Call – Again

Scant days after helping restore power on the East Coast after Hurricane Florence, TVPPA-member line crews got – and answered – the call to help with power restoration in parts of Florida and Georgia ravaged by Hurricane Michael. Through the APPA Mutual Aid Working...

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TVPPA Remembers Jimmy James

Longtime TVPPA line instructor Jimmy James died Sept. 18, in Arizona, at the age of 85. An Indiana native, James worked in Cleveland, TN, as a lineman for Volunteer EC while he was earning his undergraduate degree at what is now Southern Adventist University. He later...

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Iverson, Hardin, Pratt, Schmitz Snag Power Play Win

Mark Iverson of Bowling Green, KY, MU and Ray Hardin of Decatur, AL, Utilities teamed with TVA’s Dan Pratt and Max Schmitz of Altec to win the Power Play Golf Tournament, played Oct. 1 in Bowling Green. With their 10-under-par 62 at The Club at Olde Stone, Iverson,...

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Clark Takes Over At 4-County EPA

Brian Clark has been named CEO/general manager at 4-County EPA, Columbus, MS. A 13-year veteran at the cooperative, Clark is set to succeed the retiring Joe Cade Oct. 1. “We are excited to introduce Brian as CEO/general manager,” said Jay Gilliland, 4-County EPA’s...

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TVA Announces Customer Delivery Changes

TVA has announced three personnel changes in its Customer Delivery operation. Carl Seigenthaler, general manager for Customer Support & Strategy, will be retiring after 35 years of service. His retirement will be effective January 4, 2019. Seigenthaler has served TVA...

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Pennyrile RECC’s Grissom Stands Down

Greg Grissom, president/CEO at Pennyrile RECC since March 2015, has resigned that position. The Hopkinsville, KY-based cooperative announced that Grissom stepped down Sept. 25. He’s scheduled to take over as president/CEO at Jackson Purchase Energy, Paducah, KY. Alan...

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Gautreaux Joins TVPPA Staff

TVPPA has named Haley Gautreaux to the post of Communications/Marketing Specialist. In her new role, the Chattanooga, TN, native will manage the development and delivery of the TVPPA Membership Directory, recruit new Associate and Affiliate members, support Regular...

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Rudd Takes Over At Benton, KY, ES

Kent Rudd is the new general manager at Benton, KY, ES. He succeeds Mark Fisk, who resigned earlier in September. A Benton-area native, Rudd joined the municipal utility in 1998 as a line apprentice. He became a journeyman five years later, after completing the TVPPA...

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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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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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