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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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Ditto to Succeed Kelly at APPA

Joy Ditto has been named president & CEO of the American Public Power Association (APPA). Ditto is scheduled to succeed Sue Kelly, who’s set to retire in December after a five-year run as APPA’s chief executive. APPA Chair Decosta Jenkins, who also serves as president...

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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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Five TVPPA Members Win RP3 Recognition

Five TVPPA-member utilities have won Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) recognition from the American Public Power Association (APPA). Bristol, Tenn., ES; Columbus, Miss., L&W; Huntsville, Ala., Utilities and Ripley, Tenn., P&L were accorded Diamond status (98...

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Duck River EMC Wins Broadband Grant

Duck River EMC, Shelbyville, Tenn., has won a grant award of more than $2.14 million from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The grant will fund the cooperative’s construction of a fiber loop and its Smart Grid fiber communication project. That project calls...

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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 issues...

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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...

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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...

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‘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...

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TVA Names New CEO, Taps Thompson for Chair

TVA announced new leadership at its Feb. 14 board meeting in Chattanooga. Jeff Lyash was named to succeed the retiring Bill Johnson as president/CEO, while James “Skip” Thompson of Decatur, Ala., was tapped by his colleagues on TVA’s board to succeed Richard Howorth...

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