April 2009

Across TVA

Marching for the babies

Rachael Welch has two beautiful reasons for wanting your participation in the March of Dimes March for Babies event May 3 in Chattanooga: her two-year-old twins, Zeke and Emmie.


Rachael and Chris Welch play with their 2-year-old twins Zeke and Emmie at Vandergriff Park. The twins were born 12 1/2 weeks prematurely and were just over 2 pounds each. The Welches also have a 6-year-old son, Eli.

“My family was the March of Dimes mission family for 2008, and the cause is very close to my heart because of my twins’ prematurity,” says Welch, product manager in Information Services’ Infrastructure Operations and March for Babies Family Teams Chair.

March for Babies, formerly called “WalkAmerica,” is a nationwide event to raise money to support lifesaving research, community services, education and advocacy that help babies get a healthy start.

Because of the help she and her husband, Chris, received from the March of Dimes when Zeke and Emmie were born, Welch began volunteering with the non-profit organization.

One of those activities was coordinating two Blue Jeans for Babies t-shirt days in honor of Prematurity Awareness Day. “A group of TVA employees actually wore their shirts to honor the babies that day,” she says.

The May 3 event will be at Ross’s Landing in the downtown Riverfront Pier Area. Employees, retirees and the public can sign up for March for Babies on www.marchofdimes.com/tennessee or by calling Welch at 423-751-6737.


A glimpse of TVA history

The Tennessee Architecture Foundation is sponsoring a traveling exhibit of photographs by Richard Barnes, which show the early design work of TVA in a contemporary context. The TVA photos were commissioned for a book, The Tennessee Valley Authority: Design and Persuasion, edited by Tim Culvahouse. It includes an afterword by former Tennessee Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr.

Chattanooga was the premiere for the exhibit. The photography collection will travel to other cities, as well, where showings will be coordinated with local chapters of the American Institute of Architects. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the exhibits.


Doug Tinker, left, and Joy Devlin, Smart Furniture Studio assistant manager, look at the photographic exhibit depicting the architectural legacy of TVA, which was on display at the studio in Chattanooga through mid-March.


A safe way to work

A Power System Operations Transmission Line Construction crew uses an implosive device during construction at the new Rutherford 500-kilovolt Substation. The implosive device securely attaches the conductor, or transmission line, to a dead-end device, which is then mounted to the transmission tower. The pictures were taken during a demonstration for the media, in an effort to warn area residents that the blasts can be heard up to a half mile away, but pose no danger to the public, property or land.