North Region

On Feb. 8, TVA celebrated the official opening and ribbon cutting at the Nashville Collaboration Center. Jeff Lyash spoke and, as a part of our commitment to serve the people of the Valley region, presented Nashville Rescue Mission with a check for $10,000 to continue their mission of helping those that are hungry, hurting and experiencing homelessness. The agency provides programs and services to address physical, mental, spiritual, emotional and social needs.

Located at 1222 Demonbreun Street in the Gulch Union Building, the NCC is in the heart of downtown Nashville. To reserve space, use Room Finder or contact NCC Experience Coordinator Benita Lee (bnlee0@tva.gov).

 

 

 

In celebration of Black History Month, TVA sponsored 500 children from Christian County Public Schools in Kentucky to watch The Spirit of Harriet Tubman. Another 75 students at Indian Hills Elementary were sponsored to watch Harriet Is My Hero. Both shows were performed by artist Leslie McCurdy.

 

 

 

On Feb. 20, the North Region team joined the Cheatham County School District to Flip the Switch on a 50 kW solar canopy that will provide cost savings and battery backup to the school along with incredible STEM learning opportunities for the students.

 

 

 

 

 

TVA, Nashville Electric Service and Goodwill of Middle Tennessee celebrated a new Goodwill Solar Training Center in Nashville. The center provides comprehensive training to prepare workers for careers in the solar industry to help meet the growing demand for renewable energy nationwide.

 

 

 

 

 

On Feb. 22, the Urban League of Middle Tennessee hosted their 56th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Luncheon at Music City Center. TVA was a Leader Level sponsor of the event and recognized with the Outstanding Community Partner award.

TVA’s partnership with the Urban League to grow statewide business development programs for people of color is one example of the community engagement with this organization at both the corporate level and the Urban Leagues across the state but specifically with the Urban League of Middle Tennessee.

 

More than 25 TVA employees, many from nearby Cumberland Fossil Plant, partnered with roughly a dozen Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation (CEMC) employees to volunteer at a Second Harvest Food Bank mobile pantry in Dover, Tenn.

“The opportunity to serve with our partners at CEMC to fight food insecurity in this community illustrates the value of public power,” said TVA Community Relations Manager Chris Smith. “Having the ability to come together as partners and make someone else’s day a little better by taking the stress of ‘where my next meal is coming from’ drives home how important our joint mission of service is”.

 

 

Gary Harris, North Region director of Government and Community Relations, was the keynote speaker at Murray State University’s Diversity Leadership Summit on Feb. 24, in Murray, Ky. The event focused on leadership development and strategies to elevate leadership skills to help prospective and current Murray State University students successfully navigate ever-changing educational, political and social environments.

 

 

 

East Region

The East Region hosted February’s Board of Directors Meeting in beautiful Johnson City, Tenn., with the listening session and formal board meeting taking place at ETSU’s James and Nellie Brinkley Center. It marked the first time since April 2009 that TVA held a Board Meeting in Johnson City. TVA Board member Dr. Brian Noland has served as ETSU’s president since 2012.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart C. McWhorter and Type One Energy Group, Inc. officials announced on Feb. 21 that Type One will invest $223.5 million in East Tennessee. The company aims to create a total of 330 new jobs by establishing its headquarters in the Greater Knoxville region and expanding its fusion research and development operations in Clinton, Tenn.

Type One Energy intends to select TVA’s retired Bull Run Fossil Plant site as the location for building Infinity One, the company’s stellarator fusion prototype machine, pending the completion of necessary environmental reviews, partnership agreements, required permits and operating licenses. Type One Energy is the first funding recipient through Tennessee’s Nuclear Energy Fund.

 

 

On Feb. 27, TVA hosted a public open house in Young Harris, Ga. to educate local stakeholders about the invasive weed Parrot Feather, which has spread into certain areas of the Chatuge Reservoir. Representatives from TVA Natural Resources engaged with community members on potential mitigation and treatment options. Also present at the well-attended open house were external partners from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, as well as local media outlets.

 

 

 

Community Relations Manager Taquiya Thompson represented TVA in accepting United Way of McMinn and Meigs Counties’ Spirit of the Community Award on TVA’s behalf. Our LPC partner, Athens Utilities Board (AUB) was also recognized with the Spirit of Community Award. TVA’s Community Care Fund has provided more than $42,000 in assistance to local families. In addition, TVA and AUB have partnered to support the communities in a variety of ways including STEM grants to Athens Middle School and McMinn County High School, being a Platinum Sponsor of CASA Corridor of East Tennessee, and sponsoring Meigs County’s Downtown Summer Nights program, and Athens’ MooFest, Sounds of Summer and Pumpkintown events.

 

 

South Region

Browns Ferry Nuclear (BFN) Plant became the first TVA Nuclear Power Plant to submit an application for subsequent license renewal to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to allow all three units to continue operation for an additional 20 years beyond their current renewed operating license periods.

Starting Feb. 16, BFN Unit 3 was safely taken offline for a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage that will help sustain its performance until the next refueling outage scheduled for 2026. More than 12,000 work activities were performed by more than 800 BFN employees, contractors?and employees from other TVA nuclear stations.

 

 

 

Teachers at 69 Alabama schools who received TVA STEM classroom grants have been putting the funds to work. At Hartselle City Schools, teachers added robotics kits, manufacturing design tools and electrocardiogram simulators to expose students to new tools and prepare them for careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. These are just a few examples of how TVA is investing to inspire learners and build our future workforce.

 

 

 

Our regional relations and hydroelectric teams hosted the North Alabama Works Region 1 Workforce Council at Wilson Dam, TVA’s largest conventional hydroelectric facility with 21 generating units.

AlabamaWorks! connects individuals across the state with local employment and training opportunities. The career coaches from across north Alabama toured Wilson Dam and engaged in a discussion on careers at TVA and the utility industry.

 

 

TVA attended a “speed networking” event at Alabama A&M University where students from all majors were invited to connect with our employees. TVA team members from Browns Ferry Nuclear, Financial Services, Power Operations and External Relations reviewed more than 40 students’ resumes and shared information about various career paths. Participating in this event is part of TVA’s ongoing efforts to attract a skilled and dynamic workforce to meet future energy needs for the Valley region.

 

TVA Natural Resources Management is partnering with state agencies to develop the plans and execute prescribed burns underway on public lands in Alabama. Prescribed burns are valuable tools to protect and improve natural resources. They help maintain and establish wildlife habitat and reduce thatch and leaves that help fuel wildfires. The burns also stimulate the growth of desirable vegetation and recycle nutrients back into the soil.

 

 

West Region

On Feb. 15, the West Region held a ribbon cutting in coordination with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation for the new STEM Center at Northaven Elementary School in Memphis.

 

 

 

 

Southwest Region 

On Feb. 16, the Southwest team presented STEM checks with Central Electric Power Association to schools in Brandon and Philadelphia, Miss. 

 

 

 

 

 

On Feb. 21, the team presented STEM checks in partnership with Alcorn County Electric Power Association to Corinth Middle School and High School.

Federal Affairs

February was a busy month for the TVA Federal Affairs team in Washington. U.S. Representative David Kustoff of West Tenn. joined Jeff at an event TVA co-hosted with the Tennessee Business Forum. Jeff and Rep. Kustoff talked to representatives from businesses, congressional offices and state offices about working together to build new generation to power growth. Rep. Kustoff noted that TVA was crucial to bringing Ford’s BlueOval City – the largest economic development project in Tennessee’s history – to his district.

Jeff joined Jeannette Mills to also meet with Congressional delegation members during their visit, giving updates on TVA’s work and answering questions.

 

 

 

 

TVA’s Engineer of the Year, Tim Fritch came to Washington for the Federal Engineer of the Year Awards. Tim was recognized in the top 10 and was presented with his award by Sr. Vice President of Transmission and Power Supply Aaron Melda.

 

 

 

 

 

TVA and the Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association hosted an event for Valley public power leaders in Washington, held during the American Public Power Association’s Legislative Fly In. Jeff, TVA Board Chair Joe Ritch, Director Beth Harwell and Director Beth Geer joined leaders from our LPC customers and Congressional staff members at the reception. Chair Ritch and Jeff thanked LPC officials for sharing the importance of the public power model with the Valley and for their work to meet peak demand during January’s extreme cold.