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TVPPA Remembers Jimmy James

Longtime TVPPA line instructor Jimmy James died Sept. 18, in Arizona, at the age of 85. An Indiana native, James worked in Cleveland, TN, as a lineman for Volunteer EC while he was earning his undergraduate degree at what is now Southern Adventist University. He later...

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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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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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