July 2008

Across TVA

Showcasing new talent

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Dana Rogers and Harvey Brown entertain at the TVA Showcase Stage at the Riverbend Festival in Chattanooga in June. Located under the Market Street Bridge, the TVA-sponsored stage featured new, up-and-coming performers from the Tennessee region, including Legendary Gene‘s Jam, The Stratoblasters and Golden Gears. Sallie Beckes, Riverbend marketing director, says, “The stage provided an opportunity that didn’t exist before. We’re receiving calls already from local talent who want to perform on the stage next year.” Riverbend is a nine-day music festival on the 21st Century Waterfront along the Tennessee River. This year‘s festival was the 28th year for the event and the 17th year TVA has participated.

Cumberland celebrates safety

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From left, Cumberland Fossil Plant Maintenance Manager Curtis Rodenhaber serves hamburgers to Carrie Little, field administrative manager with NPS, and Robert Hall, assistant unit operator, during the plant’s Safety Celebration Picnic in May. Cumberland completed a scheduled outage with no lost-time accidents and no Occupational Safety & Health Administration recordable injuries. It also celebrated the completion of 330,000 safe workhours during its recent Unit 2 outage and the achievement of two million safe workhours from May 2006 to February 2008. Managers grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and served the employees as a thank you for a job well done.

Day of Caring

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From left, Craig Morris, Harry Tirey (hidden from view), Sam Moore and David Smith were among the more than 40 Team TVA volunteers participating in an early Combined Federal Campaign Day of Caring May 30-31. The volunteers built a playground for the Chambliss Children’s Home in Chattanooga, saving the home an estimated $50,000. The work involved digging holes to hauling wheel barrels of concrete to assembling a thousand pieces of hardware to spreading mulch. “We’ve been trying to get this playground built for about 8 or 9 years,” says Children’s Home’s Gloria Miller. “We are just simply beyond words to know how to thank everyone at TVA. Not only are so many willing to come work, but they know what they’re doing! What a difference for these children. We are forever grateful.”