Joe H. Ritch Sworn In As TVA Board Member

Friday, January 11, 2013

Joe H. Ritch, of Huntsville, Ala., on Friday became a member of the TVA board of directors, taking the oath of office in a ceremony in Huntsville. His term will expire on May 18, 2016.

Mr. Ritch, confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate on Jan. 1, was sworn in by U.S. District Judge Charles Lynwood Smith Jr. of the Northern District of Alabama during a ceremony at the U.S. Courthouse in Huntsville.

“I am honored to have been nominated to this very important post by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” Mr. Ritch said. “I look forward to serving on the TVA board and representing the people of Alabama. TVA is vitally important to the area it serves in Alabama and the entire Tennessee Valley.”

Director Ritch lives in Huntsville, Ala., and is an attorney at the Sirote & Permutt law firm, where he has worked since 1982. He has served as chairman of the Tennessee Valley Base Realignment and Closures Committee since 1994, and as co-chairman of the Tennessee Valley Growth Coordination Group since 2008. He also served as a member of the University of Alabama board of trustees from 2005 to 2011. Mr. Ritch serves on the board of directors at several other companies and nonprofits, including Appleton Learning, Axiometrics, and the Von Braun Center for Innovative Science.

Mr. Ritch received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, a law degree from Samford University, and a postgraduate law degree in taxation from New York University.

Mr. Ritch is one of four newly confirmed appointments to the TVA board of directors.  The others are Michael McWherter, of Jackson, Tn., who was sworn in Thursday; and V. Lynn Evans, of Memphis, and Peter Mahurin, of Bowling Green, Ky., who will be sworn in later this month. They will join TVA Board Chairman Bill Sansom, of Knoxville, and current members Barbara Haskew, of Chattanooga, Neil McBride, of Oak Ridge, and Richard Howorth, of Oxford, Miss. 



Northwest Georgia’s Unemployment Rate Rises To 7.7 Percent In June

The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that the unemployment rate in the Northwest Georgia region increased to 7.7 percent in June, up four-tenths of a percentage point from 7.3 percent in May. The rate was 8.9 percent in June a year ago. The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and a rise in the labor ... (click for more)

Metro Dalton’s Unemployment Rate Rises To 9.3 Percent In June

The Georgia Department of Labor announced that Metro Dalton’s unemployment rate increased to 9.3 percent in June, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 8.8 percent in May. The rate was 11.1 percent in June a year ago. The rate increased because of seasonal factors, such as the summer job loss among non-contract school workers and an increase in the labor force as graduates ... (click for more)

EPB Files With FCC To Expand TV, Phone, Internet Offerings Outside Electric Service Area

 EPB announced Thursday that it has filed a petition to the FCC "in an effort to respond to neighboring communities’ requests for access to the company’s gigabit enabled high-speed Internet service." Officials said, "EPB offers high-speed Internet access, video programming and voice services using a fiber optic communications network that allows the company to deliver these ... (click for more)

Black Creek Developers Say They "Followed The Rules" On $9 Million TIF: To Continue Project

The developers of the Black Creek project at Aetna Mountain said Thursday they "complied precisely by the rules when we applied for and received approval of the TIF district." Doug Stein said the group plans to continue on with the project, which he said earlier would include the creation of a small town on a huge undeveloped tract on the mountain above Black Creek (formerly ... (click for more)

Pickle Ball? - And Response

Collegedale has done some wonderful things for its residents.  The Greenway is a perfect example of money well spent on helping to give her residents the opportunity to improve their lives, at least from a health standpoint. Having taught at Wolftever Creek for a decade plus, I was fortunate to have opportunity to take my classes on walks from time to time.  It provided ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The NCAA’s “Division IV”

Jonathan Jensen and Brian Turner are two very smart guys. Not long ago the two sports researchers at Ohio State authored a story that appeared in the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sports that focused on the most successful college football teams in the country and, earlier this week, a writer named Ben Cohen broke it down in understandable terms for a fascinating Wall Street ... (click for more)