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Crawford DSA To Outgoing TVPPA Chairman Williams

Greg Williams wound up his historic run as TVPPA’s chairman in the best way possible – with TVPPA’s highest honor. Only the second man in TVPPA history to serve three consecutive one-year terms as chairman, Williams received the Richard C. Crawford Distinguished...

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TVPPA Board Taps Wade, Newman, Iverson

Meeting May 21 at the 72nd Annual Conference, the TVPPA Board of Directors elected David Wade, Jeff Newman and Mark Iverson to serve as its 2018-19 leadership team. Wade, the president/CEO at Chattanooga, TN, EPB, succeeds Greg Williams of Appalachian EC, New Market,...

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TVA Directors Approve Grid Access Charge

Meeting May 10 in Muscle Shoals, AL, the TVA Board of Directors approved a rate change, to be enacted this fall, which restructures the way basic service costs and access to the grid are recovered. Here is a statement released by TVPPA following the meeting: TVPPA and...

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Amanda Hammock Joins TVPPA Staff

  Amanda Hammock has, in a way, come home. The Bryson City, NC, native, who spent more than nine years at Etowah, TN, Utilities, joined TVPPA’s Chattanooga, TN-based staff May 7 as manager of Accounting and Finance. Hammock, who graduated magna cum laude from...

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Jackson EA, Nashville ES Linemen Shine At Rodeo

Linemen from Jackson, TN, EA and Nashville, TN, ES represented the Valley with distinction in APPA’s annual Public Power Lineworker Rodeo, conducted April 27-28 at Raleigh/Wake Forest, NC. In the Journeyman competition, the Nashville, TN, ES foursome of Tommy...

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TVPPA Names Martin Manager of HR, Admin Services

TVPPA has named Bernadette Martin manager of Human Resources and Administrative Services. Martin comes to TVPPA after a career of more than 25 years at Dalton, GA-based Beaulieu Group LLC, the onetime flooring-industry giant that employed approximately 12,000 at its...

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TVPPA Remembers Warren RECC’s Hayes

Gerald Hayes, who served as CEO for the final eight of his 40 years at Warren RECC, Bowling Green, KY, died April 23 at the age of 70. Hayes began his career at the cooperative on May 6, 1968. He became an apprentice lineman in 1969, a lineman in 1970 and line foreman...

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Knoxville UB’s Mintha Roach Announces Retirement

Mintha Roach, president/CEO at Knoxville, TN, UB for the past 14 years, announced April 19 that she plans to retire by year’s end. “I could not have asked for a better place to work,” said Roach, who made her announcement at a KUB Board of Directors meeting. “I am so...

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Distribution Marketplace Forum ‘Thought-Provoking’

Just before lunch on the last day of the 2018 Distribution Marketplace Forum, attendees got some food for thought as an appetizer. “Customers today expect a lot,” said John Hazen, senior director for utility practice at J.D. Power. “Five years ago, taxicab owners...

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TVPPA Family Mourns Guin Death

TVPPA’s staff and members are mourning the untimely passing of Jamie Guin, a lineman at Prentiss Co. EPA, Booneville, MS. Guin, 36, died in the predawn hours of April 4 while helping repair a power line after a storm. Ronny Rowland, the cooperative’s longtime general...

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Harriman UB Picks Vannasdale

Harriman, TN, UB made a bit of history April 2, when its board of directors hired Candace Vannasdale to succeed the retiring Bill Young as general manager. Vannasdale, who’s tentatively scheduled to start May 1, would be the first female general manager at Harriman...

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Culpepper To Succeed Smith At Cullman EC

Tim Culpepper has been selected by the board of directors at Cullman EC, Cullman, AL, to succeed the retiring Grady Smith as the cooperative’s president/CEO. Cullman EC Chairman Robert Tidwell made the announcement April 2. Culpepper, who’s been the cooperative’s...

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Senate Panel Hears From TVA Nominee Ryder

TVA Board of Directors nominee John Ryder testified March 20 before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. Ryder, a Memphis, TN, attorney and former general counsel for the Republican National Committee, was...

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Seven States Directors Green-Light DERMS

Seven States Power Corp. (7SPC) has moved closer to formalizing a partnership with OATI and Chattanooga, TN, EPB. Meeting March 13 in Chattanooga, TN, the 7SPC Board of Directors approved a staff recommendation to move forward with Minnesota-based OATI and the...

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Congress Hears From TVPPA Municipal Members

Several of TVPPA's municipal members spent Feb. 26-28 in the halls of Congress, voicing their disapproval of President Trump's proposal to sell TVA's transmission system. In meetings with congressional delegations from across the Valley, the message from TVPPA's...

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Air Force One Pilot Tillman To Keynote Annual Conference

In a very real sense, Mark Tillman made it possible for President George W. Bush to steady the nation after the catastrophe that was 9/11. Tillman, then a colonel in the U.S. Air Force, was in command of Air Force One on that darkest of days. After the terrorist...

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Security Prominent On UPMM Conference Agenda

TVPPA builds an entire conference each year on the subjects of utility safety and security, but that doesn’t mean those topics can’t get play elsewhere. Take, for instance, TVPPA’s 2018 Utility Purchasing & Materials Management Conference, set for April 18-20 at the...

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Moody’s: TVA Sale ‘Would Be Credit Negative’

The sale of TVA’s transmission assets, suggested by President Trump in his FY2019 budget proposal, “is likely to raise transmission rates for … TVA customers,” according to Moody’s. “Such a sale would be credit negative for each entity because it would reduce...

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TVPPA Responds To Trump TVA Proposal

Speaking at TVPPA’s Feb. 7 All-Member meeting, Chairman Greg Williams emphasized the importance of the Association’s membership speaking with “one voice.” TVPPA took that to a new level less than a week later, when it responded to President Trump’s call for the sale...

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Trump Taps Ryder For TVA Board

President Trump has nominated Memphis attorney John Ryder to the TVA Board of Directors. Should he be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Ryder would fill the last vacancy on TVA’s nine-member board. Trump nominated Skip Thompson of Decatur, AL; A.D. Frazier of Blue Ridge,...

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TVPPA-Member Cooperatives Win Broadband Grants

Two TVPPA-member electric cooperatives have won broadband accessibility grants from the State of Tennessee. Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Jan. 26 that Gibson EMC, Trenton, TN, and Tri-County EMC, Lafayette, TN, would each receive about $1.3 million for new...

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Etowah UB’s Board Taps Masengil

Meeting Jan. 22, the Etowah, TN, UB Board of Directors named Harold Masengil to succeed the retiring John Goins as general manager. Masengil currently serves at Etowah UB's water/wastewater superintendent. In addition to the past four years at the utility, his...

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MLGW: Young Confirmed As Collins’ Successor

The Memphis (TN) City Council has confirmed Jarl Young to succeed the retired Jerry Collins as president/CEO of Memphis LG & W. Young, general manager for customer service and marketing for Pensacola, FL-based Gulf Power, was confirmed Jan. 23 and is scheduled to take...

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Dahlstrom To Columbia P & WS

Scott Dahlstrom took over Feb. 1 as executive director at Columbia, TN, P & WS. Dahlstrom moved to Columbia from Trenton, TN, L & W, where he signed on as general manager in mid-2013. At Columbia P & W, he succeeds Kelly McCall, who served an eight-month stint as...

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Spence Tapped To Succeed Van Bunch At Arab EC

Chattanooga, TN, native Scott Spence has been named by the board of directors at Arab EC, Arab, AL, to succeed Joe Van Bunch as general manager. With his January 2018 retirement, Van Bunch closes the book on an Arab EC career that spans 40 years, including the past 33...

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