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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. Wamble is set to take the wheel at Trenton L & W...

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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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TVPPA Salary Survey Due July 23

TVPPA has released its annual Salary Survey, to which member utilities have until July 23 to respond. TVPPA Member Services Manager Kari Crouse said the 2018 survey went out July 9. This is the third straight year that TVPPA is teaming with Winston Tan of InTandem to...

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Power Play Golf Set Sept. 30-Oct. 1

The 2018 Power Play Scholarship Association Golf Tournament is set for an Oct. 1 return engagement at The Club at Olde Stone in Bowling Green, KY. TVA is scheduled to announce details, including entry information, in the coming weeks. The tournament serves as a...

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Duck River EMC, TVPPA Mourn Batey

TVPPA and its member utilities across the Valley are united in grief following the July 9 death of Dean Batey, a senior lineman at Duck River EMC, Shelbyville, TN. According to officials at the cooperative, Batey was working in a bucket when a fire suddenly ignited at...

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TVPPA Taps Noe For Strategic Energy Solutions

Steve Noe, a veteran of some 25 years at Knoxville, TN, UB and TVA, has joined TVPPA’s Chattanooga, TN-based staff. Noe is TVPPA’s new director of Strategic Energy Solutions. He’ll focus his efforts on developing energy options for TVPPA members and report to Clint...

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Grant, Fitzpatrick, Brown, Nashville ES Rodeo Champs

Given that the 2018 Tennessee Valley Lineman Rodeo was held in Murfreesboro, TN, the first-place hardware didn't go very far - and some of it didn't even leave town. In fact, Middle Tennessee EMC, Murfreesboro, TN, swept the Journeyman Division's first four places,...

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TVPPA’s Burgess Announces Retirement

Phillip Burgess, TVPPA’s vice president for Communications/Government Relations and its senior staff member, has announced his intention to retire, effective Oct. 1. With his retirement, Burgess would close the book on a distinguished 34-year career in public power –...

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TVPPA Welcomes Badeaux

Carrie Badeaux has joined TVPPA’s Chattanooga, TN-based staff as executive management assistant to President/CEO Doug Peters and Executive Vice Presidents Betsey Kirk McCall and Danette Scudder. “We’re fortunate to have Carrie join our team,” McCall said. “The depth...

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TVPPA Names Bryant Conferences/Meetings Director

TVPPA has named Diana Bryant to the post of Conferences & Meetings director. Bryant has served for most of the past seven years as TVPPA’s Conferences coordinator; that run was bookended by two stints as interim director. “We’re very pleased to promote Diana,” said...

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TVPPA Responds To OMB’s Stance On TVA

TVPPA released the following statement in response to a June 21 report on an Office of Management and Budget plan that reiterates a Trump Administration proposal to sell TVA transmission assets: The Tennessee Valley Public Power Association is disappointed and...

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APPA Taps Decosta Jenkins, Todd Gale

Decosta Jenkins, president/CEO at Nashville, TN, ES, will serve as chair-elect of the American Public Power Association (APPA) for the next year. Jenkins was so elected at APPA’s Annual Conference, held in mid-June at New Orleans, LA. He's joined on the APPA Board of...

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TVPPA Members Approve Bylaw Change, Resolutions

Meeting during the 72nd Annual Conference, TVPPA’s membership approved a landmark change in the bylaws and nine resolutions. The membership gave its assent to an amendment to Article 4, Section 4.21 of the TVPPA bylaws. That change alters the process for appointment...

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TVPPA Directors Confer Honorary Memberships

Meeting at Point Clear, AL, during the 72nd Annual Conference, the TVPPA Board of Directors conferred Honorary Member status on seven individuals who retired from TVPPA or one of its member utilities in the 12 months prior. The Board so honored John Burt of...

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Bean, Fourth Man On Moon And 2011 Keynoter, Dies

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon and keynoter at TVPPA’s 2011 Annual Conference, died May 26 in Houston, TX, at age 86. Selected for the astronaut program in 1963, Bean went to the moon six years later, aboard Apollo 12, then...

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TVPPA’s Jim Wyche Retires

Seldom has a man been as well-suited to a calling as Jim Wyche was at TVPPA. The Mississippi native retired June 1 after 17 years at TVPPA. HIs mission was to assess members' training needs, then build for those members the best possible array of programs from TVPPA's...

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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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