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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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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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Senate Confirms TVA Board Nominees

The TVA Board of Directors will start 2018 with a quorum after all. In a Dec. 21 voice vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed the four individuals nominated in September by President Trump – James “Skip” Thompson of Decatur, AL; Jeff Smith of Oak Ridge, TN; A.D. Frazier of...

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Kirkland Succeeds Troup At Guntersville EB

Jason Kirkland has succeeded Tommy Troup as manager at Guntersville, AL, EB. Troup retired Dec. 31 after 42 years at the utility, including the past 10 as its chief executive. He began his career at Guntersville EB straight out of high school, signing on as an...

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Elizabethton ES, BrightRidge Eye Consolidation

The BrightRidge Board of Directors has approved an $80,000 engineering review in connection with the potential consolidation of the Johnson City, TN,-based utility and Elizabethton, TN, ES. The review, to be executed by MidSouth Utility Consultants, is the latest step...

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Seven States Board Keeps Officers, Adds Carnahan

Meeting Dec. 12 in Chattanooga, TN, the Seven States Power Corp. (7SPC) Board of Directors got a new colleague and elected its leaders to another term. The 7SPC board elected Keith Carnahan, president/CEO at Meriwether Lewis EC, Centerville, TN, to represent Division...

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Bristol, TN, ES First Utility To Win Baldrige Award

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced Nov. 16 that Bristol, TN, ES is a 2017 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige National Quality Award is a Presidential-level award, presented annually to U.S. manufacturing, service, small...

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McCall’s Portfolio Includes TVPPA, 7SPC Titles

    By the time she started at TVPPA, Betsey McCall had two titles in her portfolio. TVPPA President/CEO Doug Peters announced in November 2017 that McCall, a former TVA executive, had agreed to join TVPPA Jan. 1 as executive vice president of Technical/Shared...

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Cullman EC’s Smith Announces Retirement

Grady Smith, who signed on at Cullman EC, Cullman, AL, 45 years ago and has been its general manager since 1997, has announced his intention to retire. In a posting on the cooperative’s website, Smith wrote that he plans to retire no later than August 2018. He wrote...

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TVPPA Mourns Loss Of Ray Azbell

TVPPA is saddened to announce that former TVPPA Chairman Ray Azbell died Dec. 6 at the age of 97. A Sheffield, AL, native, Mr. Azbell was a registered professional engineer who served as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was recalled to active...

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Hughes Departing TVPPA

Judy Hughes is going home – sort of. Hughes, TVPPA’s Accounting and Administrative Services manager for the past decade, has announced plans to return in January to North Georgia EMC. She worked at the Dalton, GA-based cooperative for five years prior to joining TVPPA...

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