TVPPA Board Approves Nominations

Meeting March 18 in Chattanooga, the TVPPA board of directors approved nominations of individuals to seats on three ad hoc nominating committees – for at-large directors, board officers and the Distinguished Service Award. In other business, the board took up...

Kilbride Nominated for TVA Board Seat

President Trump has nominated Chattanoogan Bill Kilbride for a seat on the TVA board of directors. Kilbride took the helm of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce in 2014 and retired from that post in 2017. He took that post having retired from Mohawk Industries,...

Haney Succeeds Peek at Cookeville ED

Carl Haney has succeeded Tony Peek as director at Cookeville, Tenn., ED. Haney, who’s scheduled to mark his 25th year at the utility in 2019, took over for Peek in February. Peek retired, closing the book on a 44-year career at Cookeville ED. Cookeville City Manager...

Senate Confirms Ryder for TVA Board

The U.S. Senate has confirmed Memphis attorney John Ryder for a seat on the TVA board of directors. Ryder was nominated last year by President Trump, but the Senate didn’t act on the nomination. Trump put Ryder forward again earlier this year; the Senate...

Franklin EC’s Akins Retires After 60 Years

A.H. Akins has retired after 60 years – including the last 49 as manager – at Franklin EC, Russellville, AL. Akins, 90, was succeeded in January by Mark Stockton, himself a 40-year veteran of the cooperative. What makes Akins’ run at Franklin EC particularly...

‘Exciting’ Start for TVPPA Fiber University

Nearly 200 TVPPA-member staffers turned out for TVPPA’s inaugural Fiber University symposium, conducted Feb. 5-6 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. TVPPA Member Services Manager Kari Crouse said the attendance was some six-plus times what she thought the event might draw. “Our...