EPB Says Success Of Fiberoptics Program Helps Schools, Local Governments

Friday, February 22, 2013

Thank to the success of its fiberoptics division, EPB is infusing more cash into the county schools and local governments, officials said Friday.

Greg Eaves, finance director, said EPB paid over $6.1 million in lieu of taxes to the city of Chattanooga.

He said $622,000 of that amount was from the division that includes TV, phone and Internet.

There was another $2 million to other local governments, including about $800,000 to the county, he said.

Harold DePriest, EPB president, said, "We are able to give more money to the schools, and that's good news."

Officials said over 20 percent of the in lieu of taxes payments are now coming from fiberoptics, which now has nearly 174,000 customers.

Mr. Eaves said fiberoptics still has a debt of $66.7 million, but he said that is being paid down by several million dollars per year.

Fiberoptics had $6.8 million in revenues in January.

Mr. DePriest said it has grown from 50 employees to 150. He said that number should stay at about that level - at least until new orders for service start slowing down.

He also said that the Smart Grid helped keep customers online in two recent instances.

In one case, he said it was 100 percent effective in preventing an outage.

In another - when a tree fell on a main line on Pineridge Road - he said the Smart Grid kept all but about 500 customers with power out of 12,000 on the line. He said a dispatcher was able to get the other 500 back in service within a few minutes.

  


The Women’s Fund Of Greater Chattanooga Appoints Two Executives To Its Board Of Directors

The Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga appointed Autumn Graves and Cynthia Nesson to its board of directors to support the organization’s ongoing effort of creating greater opportunities in health, education, and safety for the women and girls in the Chattanooga community, officials said.   Dr. Graves, a leader in the education sector, is currently the head of school ... (click for more)

TNECD Awards ThreeStar Competitive Enhancement Grants To Marion, McMinn And 9 Other Tennessee Counties

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced Friday the 11 counties that will receive ThreeStar Competitive Enhancement Grants.  The grants will be used for a variety of local programs addressing public safety, health, education and workforce development.  The eleven communities receiving ThreeStar Competitive Enhancement Grants include ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Man Charged In Traffic Death Of Tunnel Hill Woman, 28

Authorities said a Signal Mountain man was driving when his vehicle struck and killed a woman walking along a road at Ringgold, Ga., on Thursday night. Tyler Alexander Lemley, 20, was charged with DUI. Other charges are pending. Kimberly Diane Dotson, 28, of Tunnel Hill, Ga., was walking southbound on the west edge of Sam Lewis Road when she was hit. Lemley was driving ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Woman Sues Over Treatment Of Disabled Daughter At Memphis Airport Security Checkpoint

A Chattanooga woman has filed suit, alleging that her disabled daughter was roughed up by airport police and Transportation Security Administration personnel at the Memphis Airport. Shirley Cohen said she was returning to Chattanooga after taking her 19-year-old daughter to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for treatment. The lawsuit filed in Memphis says the daughter ... (click for more)

A Disturbing Trend At Exit 11 - And Response (6)

So, am I the first to notice a trend?   How many wrecks does exit 11 need before anyone asks "whats up with that?"  I have lost count of the wrecks that continue to happen, even after last year's awful loss of life (which I believe 51 percent of the blame should fall on the THP officer on duty).  The problem with this section of interstate are sight lines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Man’ To Leave Marines

There are some institutions in the history of America that should be above the nauseating “political correctness” that is undermining America. One of the biggest is most certainly the United States Marine Corps. But Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has apparently and most unfortunately gone soft and the word is that in the coming days about 25 words that are primary to the Corps ... (click for more)