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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 will make his...

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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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TVA Amicably Concludes Gallatin Coal Ash Litigation

The State of Tennessee filed a consent order with TVA June 13, amicably concluding litigation over the coal-ash complex at the Gallatin, Tenn., Fossil Plant. Under the terms of the agreement between TVA, the State of Tennessee and the Tennessee Department of...

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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. TVPPA President & CEO Doug Peters announced the app’s launch at the 73rd Annual Conference, conducted May 20-22 at Asheville, N.C. The Membership Directory app includes...

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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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Power Play Association Awards 30 Scholarships

The Power Play Scholarship Association presented $2,000 scholarships to each of 30 recipients during a May 6 luncheon in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Each year since 1995, the Association has awarded grants to TVPPA-member utility staffers’ college-bound dependents. This...

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Correction

Hopkinsville, Ky., ES General Manager Jeff Hurd was misidentified on page 4 of in the most recent issue of TVPPA News magazine (Vol. 70, No. 2). TVPPA News magazine regrets the error and is happy to make the correction.

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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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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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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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