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‘Black Hawk Down’ General to Keynote Safety & Security

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gary Harrell, the Special Forces ground commander in the battle depicted in the film Black Hawk Down, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at  TVPPA's 2019 Utility Safety & Security Conference. The conference is set for Sept. 25-27...

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TVPPA, TVA Roll Out October Toolkits

TVPPA’s Communications Advisory Group (CAG) and TVA communicators have built online toolkits for use by TVPPA-member utilities in October. October is National Co-op Month, while municipal utilities nationwide will mark Public Power Week Oct. 6-12. TVPPA Vice President...

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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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No Rate Hike in TVA FY20 Budget

If all goes according to plan, TVPPA-member utilities won’t see a rate increase from TVA until at least 2031. Meeting Aug. 22 in Knoxville, TVA’s board of directors approved a $10.59 billion budget for fiscal 2020 that includes no increase in wholesale power rates for...

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TVPPA Lands Cooper for A&F Conference

Cynthia Cooper, who led the effort to expose the epic WorldCom fraud in 2002, is scheduled to present at the 2019 TVPPA Accounting & Finance Conference. “To say that Cynthia’s story is remarkable would be an understatement,” said TVPPA Conferences & Meetings Director...

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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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Senate Confirms Kilbride to TVA Board

The U.S. Senate voted Aug. 1 to confirm Chattanoogan Bill Kilbride to the last vacant seat on the TVA Board of Directors. Kilbride is a former chief executive of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, having taken that post in 2014 and served until his 2017...

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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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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. 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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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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