October 2008

people, plaudits, and promotions

photoSite Selection magazine has named TVA one of the 2008 Top Utilities of the Year for outstanding economic-development achievements in 2007. This is the third consecutive year TVA has been named a top utility by the magazine. Site Selection’s Top Utilities recognition is based on performance excellence in four categories – capital investment, job creation, capital investment per capita and jobs per 10,000 in population. Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley says, “It is an amazing accomplishment to be benchmarked with utilities across the nation and achieve top-decile performance for three years in a row.” The entire Top Utilities article appears in the September 2008 edition of the magazine and online at www.siteselection.com.

photoTony Troyani, a senior instrument mechanic foreman at Cumberland Fossil Plant, has been elected for a director vacancy on the TVA Retirement System Board. His three-year term will run from Nov. 1, 2008, to Oct. 31, 2011. Troyani received about 54 percent of the 3,060 votes cast. Other candidates and their vote totals were as follows: Eric Davis, 889 votes (about 29 percent); Ron Forster, 70 votes (about 2 percent) and Karen Henry, 445 votes (about 15 percent).

photoThe United States Army Reserve recently recognized Shawnee Fossil Plant and TVA for their support of the Army Reserve and the employees who serve. Known as Welcome Home Warrior Citizen, the recognition program is designed to honor the sacrifices of Army Reserve soldiers and their employers. On behalf of Shawnee, Plant Manager Jeff Parsley (left) received a coin, medallion and flag from Command Sergeant Major David Belcher, United States Army Reserve Readiness Command. Belcher is a maintenance supervisor at Shawnee.

Former TVA Director Johnny Hayes dies

photoFormer TVA Board member Johnny Hayes died Sept. 20 on his Sumner County farm in Middle Tennessee. Hayes, 67, had been receiving treatment for cancer for the past few years.

Born in Alcoa, Tenn., Hayes served on the TVA Board from 1993 to 1999, when he resigned to serve as the national finance chair for then Vice President Al Gore’s presidential campaign.

“We at TVA are saddened by the death of former TVA Director Johnny Hayes,” says TVA Board Chairman Bill Sansom. “Those who had the privilege of working with Johnny during his five years on the TVA Board remember his dedicated efforts to making life better for the people of the Tennessee Valley.

“Johnny took a special interest in TVA’s economic-development activities and a leadership role in working more closely with TVA distributors. The strong partnerships he helped build between TVA and Valley communities endure today.”

In Memory of

photo of Wright

Darrick Wright, 37, an analyst in the Energy Efficiency & Demand Response organization in Nashville, died Sept. 17, in Iraq. Wright was serving with the U.S. Army Reserve as a captain in the Engineer Brigade.

TVA Veterans Association President Mark Littlejohn led TVA veterans across the Tennessee Valley in a moment of silence on Sept. 19 in memory of Wright and his family. TVA employees in Nashville held a candlelight vigil at the Wright home and President & Chief Executive Officer Tom Kilgore directed that flags at TVA facilities be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect to Wright.

Wright is survived by his wife, Katina, who is expecting their first child in November.