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TVPPA Brings Down Curtain On 2017 Conference Slate

President Donald Trump will be a front-and-center topic of conversation at TVPPA’s 2017 Utility Human Resource Management Conference. That conversation will have nothing to do with North Korea, Russia, or Ivanka Trump, of course; rather, attorney Kim Vance is...

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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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Seven States Annual Meeting Set

The Annual Meeting of the Seven States Power Corp. (7SPC) membership is scheduled for Nov. 30 at the Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, TN. The meeting is set to begin shortly after a TVPPA Rates & Contracts Committee meeting at the same location. The draft agenda...

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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),...

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Communicators Offer Aids For October Events

From TVPPA Vice President Danette Scudder: In October, Public Power Week, Electric Cooperative Month and Energy Awareness Month will be celebrated across the country. This is worth celebrating because more than nine million people in the Valley region receive their...

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TVPPA-Member Crews Roll Into Action Post-Irma

Dozens of linemen in crews from around the Valley rolled out in early September to help in parts of the country devastated by Hurricane Irma. Crews from Bowling Green, KY, MU; Cleveland, TN, Utilities; Greeneville, TN, L & PS and Memphis, TN, LG & W had gone...

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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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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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