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Seven States Directors Tour CHP Plant

The Seven States Power Corp. (7SPC) board of directors met March 19 in Chattanooga, after which several 7SPC directors toured a combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant at that city’s largest hospital. “As more members explore CHP technology, Seven States staff is sharing...

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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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Crawford DSA Nominations due April 8

TVPPA is taking nominations for its highest individual honor, Richard C. Crawford Distinguished Service Award. Nomination forms were sent to district chairs March 6. Nominations are traditionally made by districts, though nominations from TVPPA-member utilities and...

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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,...

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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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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 Committee on...

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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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TVPPA Leadership: TVA Board is ‘Listening’

TVPPA has taken the right tack in terms of engaging TVA’s board of directors on issues of common interest to both parties. That was the consensus of a Leadership Panel discussion that highlighted the 2019 All-Member Meeting, conducted Feb. 6 in Murfreesboro, Tenn....

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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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TVPPA Remembers George Usry

George Usry, a longtime general manager at Athens, Tenn., UB, passed away Feb. 10 in Clemson, S.C. Usry was named to the top job at Athens UB in 1972 and served in that capacity for 28 years, retiring in 2000. According to his successor, current Athens UB GM Eric...

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Volkswagen to make EVs in Chattanooga

Volkswagen has announced that its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant will serve as its North American base for manufacturing electric vehicles (EVs). The German automaker’s EV expansion will include an investment of $800 million into the Chattanooga facility and create 1,000...

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Duck River EMC’s Watson Retires

Michael Watson has retired as president/CEO at Duck River EMC, Shelbyville, Tenn. According to a news release, Watson's retirement took effect Jan. 11, two days after the cooperative’s board of directors accepted his request to retire. Though he will step down as...

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Hurd Joins TVPPA Board

Jeff Hurd of Hopkinsville, Ky., ES has succeeded Marty Ivy on the TVPPA board of directors. Hurd was elected to the TVPPA post by his Kentucky District colleagues at a Jan. 4 meeting in Hopkinsville. Ivy, his predecessor and general superintendent at Mayfield E & WS,...

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Coffey Takes Over at Hickman EPB

Rex Coffey has come home – sort of. Coffey is the new general manager at Hickman, Ky., EPB. He takes over for Adam Prehoda, who left for a post at Russellville, Ky., EPB. A Hickman native, Coffey signed on in 1997 as an apprentice lineman at what was then...

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Sales Tax Collection Begins

So as to ensure compliance with Tennessee tax regulations, TVPPA has begun charging sales tax on materials it sells – except for those materials received in exchange for membership dues. The change took effect Jan. 1, 2019, and applies only to TVPPA members in the...

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TVPPA Directors Approve Flexibility Project, Budget, Chairs

Meeting Dec. 10 at Chattanooga, TN, the TVPPA Board of Directors voted to approve a DER Flexibility Research Project (FRP), the terms of which will give TVPPA-member utilities the ability to compete more effectively with third parties. The board also approved the 2019...

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TVPPA Remembers William Towers

TVPPA recently learned of the 2018 passing of former TVPPA Chairman William D. Towers. Towers was general manager at Holston EC, Rogersville, TN, when he was elected chairman at the 1980 Annual Conference. He served as the cooperative’s chief executive for 27 years,...

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TVPPA Slates Four February Events for Murfreesboro

TVPPA has no fewer than four major events set for Murfreesboro, TN, in February, all of which are scheduled for that city’s Embassy Suites location. Two, Fiber University and the Valley Utility Workshop, are brand-new. The others – the All-Member Meeting and the Legal...

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Greeneville L & PS En Route to Becoming Authority

Greeneville, TN, L & PS has commenced the process of becoming an energy authority. If all goes according to plan, the TVPPA-member utility will go from being municipally owned to a free-standing entity on or about July 1, 2019. The Greeneville Board of Mayor and...

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Pennyrile RECC Board Taps Gates

The board of directors at Pennyrile RECC, Hopkinsville, KY, has named Alan Gates to succeed Greg Grissom as president/CEO. Gates, a veteran of nearly 30 years at the cooperative, had been serving as the interim chief executive since Grissom stepped down in September....

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TVA CEO Johnson Announces Retirement

Bill Johnson, TVA’s president and CEO since 2012, has announced his intent to retire. Johnson released a statement coinciding with a Nov. 14 meeting of the TVA Board of Directors in Tupelo, MS. Johnson said in his statement, framed as a letter to TVA’s customers, that...

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Strickland Joins TVPPA

Nathalie Strickland is TVPPA’s new Vice President for Communications. Strickland earned her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and launched her public-relations career in Kansas City. She’s worked in Chattanooga for the past 18 years,...

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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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