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Gibson Connect Brings Broadband to Members

High speed broadband will soon be available to areas of western Kentucky and western Tennessee thanks to a $31.9 Million low interest loan Gibson Electric Membership Cooperative received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect program. Gibson EMC – and its...

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MEC Linemen Rescue Woman from Swollen Creek

Not all superheroes wear capes; some wear hardhats. A Mountain Electric Cooperative line crew recently rescued a woman trapped in her vehicle after a mudslide and falling tree forced it off the road into rushing floodwaters following days of torrential rain. Swift...

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Better Together

“We are better together in this time of unprecedented change.” That is the message that kicked off TVPPA President & CEO Doug Peters’ report to the association at the 2020 All Member Meeting, held February 5 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The gathering of 144 managers...

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Middle Tennessee EMC to buy Murfreesboro ED

The Murfreesboro, Tenn., City Council voted 6-1 on Thursday, Jan. 9 to sell Murfreesboro ED (MED) to Middle Tennessee EMC (MTEMC). The vote clears the way for MTEMC, also based in Murfreesboro, to buy its municipal counterpart for $202 million to be paid over 15 years...

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TVPPA Directors Approve Funding, Budget

The TVPPA Board of Directors took a number of actions in its final quarterly meeting of 2019, including a vote to approve TVPPA’s 2020 budget. Meeting Dec. 9 in Chattanooga, the board also: • Approved two requests from the TVPPA Rates & Pricing Committee; one changed...

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Athens, Tenn., UB Linemen Pull Off Rooftop Rescue

What started out as a routine run for three Athens, Tenn., UB linemen turned out to be anything but. Athens UB journeymen Abe Aziz, Josh Finnell and Dickie Slack were headed out to replace street lights Nov. 27 when they saw a house engulfed in flames – and another...

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Partin Elected to NRECA Board

Mike Partin, president & CEO at Sequachee Valley EC, South Pittsburg, Tenn., has been elected to the NRECA Board of Directors. Partin was elected Nov. 25 in Nashville, at the TECA Annual Meeting. He succeeds Tom Purkey of Middle Tennessee EMC, Murfreesboro, Tenn., who...

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TVPPA Remembers Les Gwin

C. Leslie Gwin, retired general manager at Pickwick EC, Selmer, Tenn., died Nov. 9 at his Collierville, Tenn., home. He was 87. Born in New Orleans, Gwin earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Tulane University. He obtained a Professional...

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Kirk set to Succeed Fortune at Bolivar EA

Tony Kirk, the vice president and CFO at Bolivar, Tenn., EA for the past decade, is scheduled to succeed retiring president & CEO Johnny Fortune at year’s end. With his retirement, Fortune closes the book on a career of nearly 41 years at Bolivar EA, including more...

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Seven States Meets at ‘Best National Lab’

In addressing the 2019 Seven States Power Corp. Annual Meeting, conducted at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Randy Boyd laid his cards squarely on the table. “I like to think that ORNL is the best national lab in this country,” said the University of...

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TVPPA, Seven States Offer Great Deals on 2020 Vehicles

TVPPA and Seven States Power Corp. aren’t in the business of selling cars – just offering great deals on the newest models. Once again this year, participating manufacturers Fiat/Chrysler, Ford, GM/GMC and Nissan are offering the lowest available prices on dozens of...

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Neely, Shirey, Nanney, Wardlaw Win Power Play

TVPPA-member chief executives Rob Neely of Oxford, Miss., Utilities and Mike Shirey of Fort Payne, Ala., IA , teamed with TVA Executive Vice President Van Wardlaw and Chip Nanney of Irby to win the 2019 Power Play Golf Tournament, conducted Oct. 1 at Muscle Shoals,...

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TVPPA Reboots Member Forum

TVPPA has rebooted the Member Forum on its website, tvppa.com. The Member Forum was designed to provide platforms on which TVPPA-member staffers can exchange ideas, with those platforms divided into specific subject areas. One can find the updated Member Forum on the...

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TVPPA Remembers Lindsay Boyd

Lindsay Boyd, who served as the chief executive at two TVPPA-member utilities, passed away Aug. 6 at his home in Baneberry, Tenn. A native of Rock Hill, S.C., Boyd was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He later earned an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering...

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Duck River EMC Names Spence CEO

Scott Spence has been named president & CEO at Duck River EMC, Shelbyville, Tenn. Spence succeeds Charles McDonald, who’s served in an interim capacity since the January 2019 retirement of Michael Watson. According to a Duck River EMC statement, Spence is set to start...

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TVPPA 75th Annual Conference set for Lexington

TVPPA will be Bluegrass-bound for its 75th Annual Conference. That milestone event, set for May 17-19, 2021, will be held in Lexington, Ky., at the Griffin Gate Marriott. It will mark TVPPA’s first Annual Conference in the Commonwealth since its 2007 visit to...

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Trentham Takes Over at Alcoa ED

Ryan Trentham has taken over as director at Alcoa, Tenn., ED. The Sevier Co., Tenn., native succeeds Alcoa Public Services Director Kenny Wiggins, who’s been running the city’s electric department since the 2016 retirement of Eddie Tramel. Wiggins is set to retire at...

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Seven States Power Corp. Launches Website

Seven States Power Corp. has launched a new website - SevenStatesPower.com. Seven States Vice President Betsey Kirk McCall said the site's address is but the tip of the iceberg in terms of what's new. "Our members will see improved functionality, not to mention much...

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Six Receive Certificates at Annual Conference

              Six TVPPA-member utility executives were honored with certificate presentations at May's 73rd TVPPA Annual Conference. Certificate recipients making the trip to Asheville, NC, for the presentations were Richard Adams and Steven Dyer of Central Service...

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Nashville ES’ Jenkins New APPA Chair

Decosta Jenkins, president & CEO at Nashville ES, was installed June 12 as chair of the American Public Power Association Board of Directors. Jenkins was honored in Austin, Texas, during APPA’s National Conference. He becomes the ninth TVPPA-member CEO to serve as...

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TVPPA Launches Directory App

Want TVPPA Membership Directory information at your fingertips? Well, now there's an app for that. The TVPPA Membership Directory app includes the vital information found in the print version of TVPPA’s annual Membership Directory, including staff contact information,...

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Crawford DSA to Clinton UB’s Fay

Greg Fay, the longtime general manager at Clinton, Tenn., UB, was presented the Richard C. Crawford Distinguished Service Award May 21 at Asheville, NC, during TVPPA's 73rd Annual Conference. Fay has worked at Clinton UB for 42 years. He has served as TVPPA...

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TVPPA Members Re-elect Iverson, Jones

In its annual business meeting, conducted May 21 in Asheville, NC, TVPPA’s membership re-elected Bowling Green, Ky., MU General Manager Mark Iverson and Chris Jones, the chief executive at Middle Tennessee EMC, Murfreesboro, Tenn., to their seats on the board of...

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TVPPA Board Taps Wade, Newman, Kernea

Meeting May 20 in Asheville, NC, the TVPPA board of directors elected David Wade, president and CEO at Chattanooga, Tenn., EPB, to serve a second straight one-year term as chairman. The board also chose Jeff Newman, general manager at Forked Deer EC, Halls, Tenn., to...

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MLGW Invites RFPs For IRP

Memphis LG&W has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). According to an April 8 news release, MLGW’s aim is to “accurately determine the most viable options should the utility elect to procure electricity from sources other than...

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