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Audit: Federal utility execs overspent on travel expenses

An audit has found instances in which executives for the nation’s largest public utility overspent on travel. The inspector general’s report Wednesday audited about $1.8 million worth of Tennessee Valley Authority executive travel expenses from October 2016 through July 2018. The report cites instances in which executives didn’t comply with federal travel regulation and TVA policies, including overpaid per diems; ...

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Spokesman: Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91

OKLAHOMA CITY — T. Boone Pickens, a brash and quotable oil tycoon who grew even wealthier through corporate takeover attempts, died Wednesday. He was 91. Pickens’ spokesman Jay Rosser confirmed the death to The Associated Press. Pickens suffered a series of strokes in 2017 and was hospitalized that July after what he called a “Texas-sized fall.” An only child who ...

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Seraphim Solar target of lawsuits

By JACK WEATHERLY Seraphim Solar Manufacturing USA said in October 2018 that it was shutting down to retool and triple its production of photovoltaic panels at its Jackson plant. At that time, the manufacturer told at least three installers that the panels would be delivered and the installers prepaid for them. A company spokesman told Pv magazine in October 2018 ...

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Atmos Energy Corporation promotes/hires four employees within Mississippi Division

James E. McKenzie has been named Vice President Technical Services. Roy Moss has been named Vice President of Operations, Southern Region. Mathew B. Davidson has been promoted to Vice President Rates & Regulatory Affairs. John Duease has been promoted to Vice President Marketing McKenzie began his career in March, 1992, as an Engineer. He became the Engineering Manager in 2002 ...

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Entergy Mississippi adds 2 Customer Service Representatives

Two experienced Entergy Mississippi leaders will fill customer service roles for the company: Leslie Howell-Turbeville, customer service representative, mid-state region, joined Entergy in 1995 assisting customers in the Jackson call center. Since then, she has worked as a clerk and lighting engineering associate in Madison, served in Clinton’s large projects group and held roles in the distribution operations center in ...

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TVA finds route for power line from Mississippi to Tennessee

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has identified a route for a new transmission line that would send power from Mississippi to Tennessee. TVA said Monday that the proposed power line would begin at the existing Allen Fossil Plant in Horn Lake, near the Tennessee and Mississippi line. The line would extend to a substation in Memphis. The utility said ...

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Tennessee Valley Authority envisions no major new plants

The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors has approved a 20-year plan that includes no new major generating plants. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the plan approved last week envisions getting more power out of existing nuclear, gas and hydroelectric units. It also includes more solar, backed up by improved energy storage and other new technologies. TVA will also ...

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Federal utility head says no need to boost rates

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — The president of the nation’s largest public utility says he will recommend suspending a plan to boost electric rates next year. Tennessee Valley Authority President Jeff Lyash told the Chattanooga Times Free Press in an interview last week that the federal utility has improved its balance sheet over the past few years and with operational improvements, it ...

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Palmer joins Emerald Transformer

Emerald Transformer (Emerald) welcomes Jim Palmer as the company’s new general manager of the Lexington plant. Palmer brings over 30 years of experience in organizational development, operations management and safety and environmental protection within multi-state and multi-plant production. His leadership and unique skillset strengthen Emerald’s ability to continue its regional and national growth. As general manager, Palmer is responsible for ...

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Morgan joins Atmos Energy

Bobby Morgan, has joined Atmos Energy Corporation as Vice President Public Affairs for the Mississippi Division. Bobby previously served Governor Phil Bryant for the past four years as Director of Public Affairs and as Governor Bryant’s Senior Economic Development Policy Advisor. He also served as the Governor’s designee for the Southern States Energy Board, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the ...

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