June 2009

Across TVA


Wrestling the Bear

photoFrom left, Wesley Jaynes, Doug Liles, John Duncan, Gene Gibson and Scott Kramer are part of the TVA team working on the Bear Creek Dam Rehabilitation Project. The project began in September 2007 with a goal of eliminating seepage through the existing earthen dam. Nearly two years later, after 80,000 cubic yards of roller-compacted concrete have been placed, the Bear Creek team is ready to stamp the new 89-foot-tall structure complete.

A commitment to our country

Bill Hewitt with the Tennessee Committee of the Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve, center, presents the Patriotic Employer award to Electric System Projects Vice President Clayton Clem, left, and Power System Operations Executive Vice President Rob Manning. Robert A. Harris, Brigadier General Commander, 194th Engineer Brigade, and manager of TVA Field Surveying, nominated Manning and Clem. The award recognizes employers who support a strong National Guard and Reserve force. Harris currently is in predeployment training before being deployed to Iraq later this summer.

New guests at John Sevierphoto

Bald eagles have been getting a lot of attention at John Sevier Fossil Plant the past few weeks. Employees spotted two adults (above) and one juvenile (below) along the access road to the plant the first of March. To better protect the birds, caution tape was placed on any entrances to the field that contains the tree and nest near Dodson Creek. At this time, evidence of eggs has not been detected.






Making the garden grow


From left, James Bedsole and David White were among the TVA Retirees Association members who helped with the distribution of seeds, plants and fertilizer as part of the Gerald Williams Cooperative Garden Program in Muscle Shoals April 16-17. “Last year, we signed up about 650 folks and this year more than 800,” says Bedsole, a TVA retiree who heads the program. “We believe this increase reflects the hard economic times.”