July 2008

Seventy-five years later…

Still praising engineers

Louie Hagerman was a fresh-faced high school graduate from Bessemer, Ala., when he applied at TVA in September 1933.

“They liked my lettering,” he says proudly about his meticulous handwriting. “That made my application stand out.”

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At 93, TVA retiree Louie Hagerman is one of the few remaining “original” 1933 employees. He retired from TVA in 1974 after a total of 33 years of service. He lives in Knoxville with his wife Elsie.

He was hired at a salary of $70 month. It was the Depression. Hagerman’s family had been sharecroppers and cotton farmers. “TVA had given people new hope,” he says.

His first job was delivering mail in LaFollette, Tenn., for the Maps & Surveys office. When Maps & Surveys was transferred to Chattanooga, his boss kept Hagerman in design engineering in Knoxville. Hagerman soon became a draftsman, making the most of his high school drafting classes and a lifelong love of math.

Design engineering was a dynamic department, he says. Engineering talent was critical for TVA: these were its formative years and the new agency had much to accomplish.

“TVA had top-flight engineers that got it off to a great start,” Hagerman says. He eventually became a senior engineer, and his work influenced the construction of several steam plants. “My most exciting project was the Paradise plant,” he says. On Kentucky’s Green River, Paradise began operation in 1963. It’s one of TVA’s largest coal-fired plants, generating enough power to supply almost a million homes a year.

At 93, Hagerman still connects with TVA friends. Once a quarter, he and about 20 other TVA retirees get together to reminisce and enjoy fellowship.

Most important TVA memory: “It’s a dedicated bunch of people. That’s what I liked most about TVA.”

 

New Retirees

46 years

James W. Price, Fossil Power Group, Gallatin

38 years

Kim R. Patterson, Human Resources, Knoxville

37 years

Jimmy L. Jones, FPG, Rogersville

35 years

Daniel G. Calhoun Jr., Power System Operations, Chattanooga

Dennis E. McCloud, Office of Environment & Research, Chattanooga

Billy W. Mefford, FPG, Drakesboro

Joseph Valente, Nuclear Power Group, Spring City

34 years

Richard E. Colquitt Jr., River Operations, Chattanooga

Joseph T. Deckman, RO, Chattanooga

Eddie L. Herring, Procurement, Muscle Shoals

Charles Stanley Holt, PSO, Decatur

William K. Kassinger, FPG, Drakesboro

Brenda S. Payne, Procurement, Chattanooga

33 years

Wanda T. Coleman, NPG, Soddy-Daisy

Nellie S. Dawson, Financial Services, Muscle Shoals

Ross A. Malone, NPG, Soddy-Daisy

Gregory D. Poe, NPG, Spring City

Ronald L. Springer, FPG, Chattanooga

32 years

Elizabeth L. Donaldson, HR, Knoxville

H. Keith Fogleman, Labor Relations, Chattanooga

David L. Harrell, FPG, Kingston

Debra A. Layne, Information Services, Chattanooga

Mildred P. Lett, Procurement, Rogersville

Richard V. Owens, Procurement, Nashville

Gerry D. Stiers, IS, Chattanooga

31 years

Rodney L. Beasley, FPG, Drakesboro

Randy E. Martin, FPG, New Johnsonville

Delmar C. Morelock, FINSVS, Rogersville

30 years

Janice C. Beard, IS, Chattanooga

J. Hunt Cooper, Central Support & Repair, Chattanooga

Linda L. Ellis, RO, Watts Bar Dam

Ruby L. Ezell, Procurement, Rogersville

Ira M. Heatherly, NPG, Chattanooga

Samuel R. Johnson, NPG, Soddy-Daisy

Dennis W. Linkins, OE&R, Chattanooga

Jan Canaday Pflueger, FINSVS, Muscle Shoals

Bill Don Smith Jr., NPG, Spring City

William H. Underwood, NPG, Knoxville

29 years

Billy R. Courtney, FPG, Drakesboro

Samuel R. Johnson, NPG, Sequoyah

Rebecca T. Lockaby, Procurement, Chattanooga

Jerry W. Owen, OE&R, Muscle Shoals

Beverly J. Poinson, OE&R, Chattanooga

Anne C. Walker, OE&R, Knoxville

James E. Webb Jr., FPG, Stevenson

Dale K. Williams, NPG, Spring City

Drew Wilson, FPG, Chattanooga

Vanassa R. Workman, IS, Knoxville

28 years

Calvin W. Burrell Jr., NPG, Knoxville

David W. Burch, R&TA, Muscle Shoals

Donald B. Burt, NPG, Decatur

Stephen D. Cantrell, TVA Police, Jasper

Gregory R. Clark, NPG, Spring City

Thomas G. Dawes, NPG, Decatur

W. Jeffrey Edwards, NPG, Chattanooga

Gilbert W. Garner, NPG, Decatur

Peggy W. Gilbert, NPG, Decatur

Donald V. Goodin II, NPG, Soddy-Daisy

Larry W. Grant, NPG, Soddy-Daisy

Carl M. Haas, NPG, Soddy-Daisy

Howard S. Hale, NPG, Soddy-Daisy

Ross E. Hudgins, FPG, Cumberland City

John K. Hughes, FPG, Stevenson

Teresa B. Kerns, IS, Chattanooga

Daniel S. Lamb, OE&R, Knoxville

Kenneth L. Layne, NPG, Soddy-Daisy

Jeffery L. Lewis, NPG, Decatur

John E. Killian, NPG, Soddy-Daisy

Scotty R. McClain, FPG, Watts Bar Dam

Landy L. McCormick, NPG, Spring City

 

 

 

 

 

TVA Retiree Association Chattanooga chapter annual picnic

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At the picnic, Charlie Collins, who joined TVA in 1934, was recognized as the retiree with the earliest service to TVA. Collins, 96, lives in Signal Mountain, Tenn.

 

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Marschel and Hannah Lusk talk with Blue Cross Blue Shield representative Paige Harlin at the TVA Retiree Association Chattanooga chapter annual picnic on June 10. Retiree Rebecca Campbell is in the background. Guest speaker John Long, TVA executive vice president & chief administrative officer, praised the legacy of TVA retirees. “Retirees are central to TVA’s legacy of a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, making life better for everyone in the Valley,” he said. Nearly 450 retirees and guests attended.