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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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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 interim manager. Mynatt joined Murfreesboro ED in 1990 and was serving as the utility’s chief financial officer/director of finance when its directors named him to...

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Rowland Returns To TVPPA Board

Former TVPPA Chairman Ronny Rowland has returned to the Association’s board of directors. The longtime manager at Prentiss Co. EPA, Booneville, MS, was elected Jan. 27 by his Mississippi District colleagues to represent that body’s cooperatives on the TVPPA board. He...

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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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All-Member Meeting, Legal Conference On Tap

TVPPA is scheduled to begin 2017 with what's become something of a traditional February doubleheader. The annual All-Member meeting is set for 1 p.m. CT Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin, TN. That'll be followed Feb. 9-10, at the same...

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‘Love of Learning’ Month Set

The second annual EnergyRight Solutions for Youth (ERSY) Love of Learning Month began in schools Valleywide Jan. 30. Designed by ERSY’s Education & Outreach Advisors, Love of Learning Month is the program’s flagship. It’s divided into four weeks, each with a...

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Forked Deer’s Newman Elected To TVPPA Board

Jeff Newman, general manager at Forked Deer EC, Halls, TN, has been elected by his Western District Managers Association peers to a seat on the TVPPA Board of Directors. Newman was elected Jan. 12 to succeed Kevin Murphy of Southwest Tennessee EMC, Brownsville, TN, in...

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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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TVA Names Balduzzi Chief Nuclear Officer

Mike Balduzzi is set to take over Jan. 23 as senior vice president/chief nuclear officer at TVA. TVA made the announcement of Balduzzi's promotion on Jan. 9. Balduzzi joined TVA as senior vice president/nuclear operations in January 2014. Balduzzi will be responsible...

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TVPPA Launches Dothan, AL, Training; Eyes Illinois Site

TVPPA Education & Training Services (E & T) has begun conducting technical training at Dothan, AL, Utilities, per an agreement reached by the two parties in late 2015, and is working on a similar arrangement in Illinois. “We’re happy to be working with Dothan...

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Bowers, Kelley Named Committee Chairmen

TVPPA Chairman Greg Williams has named John Bowers of Pickwick EC, Selmer, TN, and Wes Kelley of Columbia, TN, P & WS to TVPPA committee chairmanships. Bowers, who's heading into his third year as his cooperative's chief executive, takes over for Jim Nanney of...

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TVPPA CEO Simmons Set To Retire

TVPPA President/CEO Jack Simmons announced Dec. 12 that he plans to retire on June 1, 2017. TVPPA Chairman Greg Williams lauded Simmons’ performance not only at TVPPA, but also as chief executive of Seven States Power Corporation, a TVPPA-member-owned G & T...

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Seven States Board Elects Blevins, Fay, Ferrell

The Seven States Power Corporation (7SPC) Board of Directors voted Dec. 13 to keep Rody Blevins, Greg Fay and Jim Ferrell in place on its leadership team. Meeting in Chattanooga, TN, 7SPC's directors Blevins, president/CEO at Volunteer EC, Decatur, TN, was elected...

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Brisendine Steps Down At Fort Payne, AL, IA

Danny Brisendine has stepped down after more than 13 years as general manager at Fort Payne, AL, IA. A news release issued Nov. 17 states, in part, that Brisendine "has accepted another position with FPIA, thus delaying a much-deserved retirement." The statement...

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Murfreesboro ED’s Sax Sets Retirement

Former TVPPA Chairman Steve Sax has announced that he plans to retire in August 2017 after more than 11 years as general manager at Murfreesboro, TN, ED. The longtime chair of TVPPA's Emergency Response Team, Sax earned an undergraduate degree in electrical...

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Griggs Named To Succeed Scarbrough at Milan, TN, DPU

Jason Griggs has been named to succeed the retiring David Scarbrough as superintendent at Milan, TN, DPU. Griggs serves currently as the chief financial officer and Economic Development director for the city of Milan. Prior to taking that post, he spent six years as...

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TVPPA Family Mourns Loss Of Huffstetler

The TVPPA family is mourning the death of Alcoa, TN, ED lineman Brian Huffstetler, who was killed in the line of duty on Nov. 28. According to officials in Blount County and Alcoa, Huffstetler, 29, died following an accident in Walland, TN. He was part of a crew...

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Haney-Led Group Buys Bellefonte Site

A development company led by Tennessee businessman Franklin Haney has purchased TVA's unfinished Bellefonte nuclear site. Nuclear Development LLC prevailed at a Nov. 14 auction with a bid of $111 million - nearly three times the minimum bid. Nuclear Development...

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TVA Posts Record Net Income

TVA posted its highest net income ever, $1.2 billion, in fiscal 2016. That was the news delivered by TVA CFO John Thomas to a Nov. 10 meeting of the federally owned utility's board of directors in Blairsville, GA. The record net income, nearly double the $641 million...

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‘Be The Leaders You’re Supposed To Be’

For a day and a half, the second annual Tennessee Valley Distribution Marketplace Forum featured variations on familiar themes: “We’re competing for energy in a marketplace where we’ve typically had a monopoly,” said TVPPA Chairman Greg Williams, the event’s co-emcee....

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