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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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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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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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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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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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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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Iverson, Hardin, Pratt, Schmitz Snag Power Play Win

Mark Iverson of Bowling Green, KY, MU and Ray Hardin of Decatur, AL, Utilities teamed with TVA’s Dan Pratt and Max Schmitz of Altec to win the Power Play Golf Tournament, played Oct. 1 in Bowling Green. With their 10-under-par 62 at The Club at Olde Stone, Iverson,...

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Clark Takes Over At 4-County EPA

Brian Clark has been named CEO/general manager at 4-County EPA, Columbus, MS. A 13-year veteran at the cooperative, Clark is set to succeed the retiring Joe Cade Oct. 1. “We are excited to introduce Brian as CEO/general manager,” said Jay Gilliland, 4-County EPA’s...

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TVA Announces Customer Delivery Changes

TVA has announced three personnel changes in its Customer Delivery operation. Carl Seigenthaler, general manager for Customer Support & Strategy, will be retiring after 35 years of service. His retirement will be effective January 4, 2019. Seigenthaler has served TVA...

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Gautreaux Joins TVPPA Staff

TVPPA has named Haley Gautreaux to the post of Communications/Marketing Specialist. In her new role, the Chattanooga, TN, native will manage the development and delivery of the TVPPA Membership Directory, recruit new Associate and Affiliate members, support Regular...

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Rudd Takes Over At Benton, KY, ES

Kent Rudd is the new general manager at Benton, KY, ES. He succeeds Mark Fisk, who resigned earlier in September. A Benton-area native, Rudd joined the municipal utility in 1998 as a line apprentice. He became a journeyman five years later, after completing the TVPPA...

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TVPPA Board Renames Advisory Group

Meeting Sept. 17 in Chattanooga, TN, the TVPPA Board of Directors voted to change the name of a key advisory group. TVPPA’s directors voted unanimously to change the name of the Regulatory Advisory Group to the Contract Compliance Advisory Group. Huntsville, AL,...

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TVPPA Welcomes Melinda Harris

TVPPA has named Melinda Harris to the position of corporate data analyst. While Harris will be working primarily with TVPPA Strategic Energy Solutions, rates and pricing, she’ll also be bringing her expertise to bear on behalf of Seven States Power Corp. “We’re...

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