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Focus on Safe Work Practices Reaps Recognition

Distributors Insurance Corporation (DIC), TVPPA’s wholly owned subsidiary, announced today utilities that earned the honor of qualifying for DIC’s Safety Recognition Program. To be eligible, a DIC-insured utility must have had no workers’ compensation claims during...

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Valley Rally Goes Virtual

TVPPA’s Valley Rally, the organization’s annual visit to Washington, D.C. to help keep the interests of members in front of their legislative representatives, will take on a different look this year. Amidst the uncertainty around ongoing pandemic-related operational...

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Members from Across the Valley Honored by APPA

Safety. Reliability. Workforce Development. System Improvement. All TVPPA members strive to achieve these every day but twenty-one of our members have been recognized on a national level for excelling in each of these areas. Eleven power utilities in the Tennessee...

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TVPPA Cancels May Courses & Training Events

All technical and business development courses scheduled through May have been suspended with the intent to reschedule within the 2020 calendar year. Registrants will be notified of new class dates as soon as they are available. Classes beginning June 1 or later...

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Quarterly Magazine in Mailboxes and Online

The first quarterly issue of TVPPA Magazine has a new look and a new format. The magazine, which  features thought-provoking content about timely topics in the Tennessee Valley, is now available in both a traditional format and a digital edition. “A supplement to the...

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TVPPA Cancels 2020 Annual Conference

Due to guidelines issued by the CDC in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TVPPA has determined it must cancel the TVPPA Annual Conference scheduled for May 18-20. TVPPA will cancel registrations and registration fees will be refunded and processed within the next few...

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TVPPA Members’ COVID-19 Response Forum Now Available

TVPPA has launched a COVID-19 Response Forum for its membership. Here members can discuss how their organizations are responding to this pandemic, ask questions, and share resources. This forum is made available in addition to the COVID-19 Resources Repository created...

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TVPPA Offers Preparedness Manual for Health Epidemics

TVPPA’s R&D Committee developed a Health Epidemic Manual for members to use when a potential health crisis strikes. COVID-19 was not a consideration when the planning template was developed in 2010, but the manual addresses a variety of viruses and other communicable...

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Simpson Retires from Sand Mountain, Malone Takes the Reins

Mark Malone, a 26-year veteran of Sand Mountain Electric Cooperative has taken over as general manager of the north Alabama utility. Having served as the cooperative’s chief financial officer prior to his promotion, Malone plans to continue the same trajectory of...

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Stacey White Named GM of Arab Electric Cooperative

Stacey White was named as the new general manager of Arab Electric Cooperative in January. White, who has been with the cooperative for 10 years, had served as the executive in charge since Scott Spence resigned from Arab EC in August to become the president and CEO...

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Gibson Connect Brings Broadband to Members

High speed broadband will soon be available to areas of western Kentucky and western Tennessee thanks to a $31.9 Million low interest loan Gibson Electric Membership Cooperative received from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ReConnect program. Gibson EMC – and its...

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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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Better Together

“We are better together in this time of unprecedented change.” That is the message that kicked off TVPPA President & CEO Doug Peters’ report to the association at the 2020 All Member Meeting, held February 5 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The gathering of 144 managers...

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Middle Tennessee EMC to buy Murfreesboro ED

The Murfreesboro, Tenn., City Council voted 6-1 on Thursday, Jan. 9 to sell Murfreesboro ED (MED) to Middle Tennessee EMC (MTEMC). The vote clears the way for MTEMC, also based in Murfreesboro, to buy its municipal counterpart for $202 million to be paid over 15 years...

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TVPPA Directors Approve Funding, Budget

The TVPPA Board of Directors took a number of actions in its final quarterly meeting of 2019, including a vote to approve TVPPA’s 2020 budget. Meeting Dec. 9 in Chattanooga, the board also: • Approved two requests from the TVPPA Rates & Pricing Committee; one changed...

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Athens, Tenn., UB Linemen Pull Off Rooftop Rescue

What started out as a routine run for three Athens, Tenn., UB linemen turned out to be anything but. Athens UB journeymen Abe Aziz, Josh Finnell and Dickie Slack were headed out to replace street lights Nov. 27 when they saw a house engulfed in flames – and another...

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Partin Elected to NRECA Board

Mike Partin, president & CEO at Sequachee Valley EC, South Pittsburg, Tenn., has been elected to the NRECA Board of Directors. Partin was elected Nov. 25 in Nashville, at the TECA Annual Meeting. He succeeds Tom Purkey of Middle Tennessee EMC, Murfreesboro, Tenn., who...

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TVPPA Remembers Les Gwin

C. Leslie Gwin, retired general manager at Pickwick EC, Selmer, Tenn., died Nov. 9 at his Collierville, Tenn., home. He was 87. Born in New Orleans, Gwin earned an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Tulane University. He obtained a Professional...

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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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