Workers prepare to raise the height of Cherokee Dam, as part of TVA’s
efforts to prepare for a worst-case flood.
TVA raising height of four dams
TVA is raising the elevation of four dams to help reduce the chance of
flooding in the unlikely event of weather more extreme than any conditions
ever recorded in the region.
TVA will place temporary, wall-like structures on top of earthen embankments
of the Fort Loudoun, Tellico, Cherokee and Watts Bar dams in East Tennessee,
raising the top elevation of each embankment about four feet. The extra
height would prevent water from overtopping and damaging the earthen embankments.
TVA River Scheduling General Manager Chuck Bach says a recent update of
TVA’s river-modeling program determined that the maximum floodwater elevations
could be higher than previously calculated if a highly unlikely, worst-case
winter rainfall were to occur in the upper part of the Tennessee Valley
He says this action is not related to recent rainfall that caused flooding
in unregulated tributary streams, which was only a fraction of the amount
used to forecast a “worst-case scenario.”
“The magnitude of rainfall used in the calculations has never actually
occurred in the region, but it could produce floodwaters that would be
higher than previously thought,” says Bach. “Although the probability of
such an event is extremely rare, TVA must design and operate its dams to
safely withstand such events.”
Running to support cancer cure
Gallatin Fossil Plant’s Mark Meece of Facilities Maintenance shows the
metal won by Maintenance Coordinator John Payne, who was unavailable at
the presentation, at Sherry’s Run, a 5k benefit run held in Lebanon, Tenn,
last month. Sherry’s Run supports those with cancer, with an emphasis on
colon cancer. Gallatin lost two employees to colon cancer this year. Gallatin
had a team of 36 participating. This is the second year TVA has helped
sponsor the event.
Learning where the CFC dollars go
James Triplett, a deckhand at Colbert Fossil Plant, talks with Randy Parker
from the Cramer Children’s Center, at Colbert’s Combined Federal Campaign
fair Oct. 23. The center provides services for
child-abuse victims in the North Alabama area. The nonprofit organization
offers forensics and counseling at no cost. At the fair,
11 organizations provided displays and information on their services.
The Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently
recognized TVA for its support of the Scouts through Chattanooga-area
volunteer activities, Community Connection Volunteer Grants and
CFC contributions. Front row, from left, are Andrew Miller, Eagle
Scout; Christopher Barnett, Webelos; Chad Miller, Webelos;
Damon Miller, Boy Scout. Back row, from left, are Van Wardlaw,
Chattanooga-area CFC Chair; Kevin Beirne, Cherokee Area Council,
Boy Scouts of America; Craig Faulkner, Nuclear Power Group; Bill
Lewis, River Operations; Donnie Beene, Fossil Power Group; and Skip
Markham, Office of Environment & Research.
Going for the goal
Bruce Pearl, University of Tennessee head basketball coach, autographs
basketballs for Stacey Clark with the United Way Agency and John Trawick,
TVA vice president of Strategy, Pricing & Contracts, at the Smoky Mountain
Region Combined Federal Campaign kickoff in Knoxville Sept. 24. Also helping
with the kickoff were Bert Bertlekamp, Voice of the UT basketball Vols;
Tammy Wilson, TVA vice president of Retirement Services; and Trawick, TVA
CFC executive chairperson. This year’s overall goal for the Smoky Mountain
Region CFC, which includes TVA and other area federal agencies, is $720,000.
TVA’s portion of the goal is $500,000. This year’s theme is “iCan.”
Wilson is serving as executive chairperson of the Smoky Mountain Region
CFC. Participating federal agencies will complete their campaigns in early
December. Wilson will oversee the Smoky Mountain Region CFC in 26 counties
in East Tennessee, two in North Carolina and one each in Kentucky and Virginia.
In addition to Trawick, TVA employees working with Wilson on the campaign
include Jason Woodle and Susan Haisley, TVA campaign co-chairs.