TVA Celebrates 80 Years Of Progress, Hosts Online Scavenger Hunt

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Tennessee Valley Authority on Friday celebrated 80 years of delivering reliable and affordable electricity to the people of the Tennessee Valley and invited the public to test their knowledge of TVA in a special online scavenger hunt contest to mark the milestone.

“TVA’s mission is as relevant and essential as ever,” TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said during an employee event at Knoxville headquarters to commemorate the anniversary.

President Franklin Roosevelt signed the TVA Act on May 18, 1933, creating what has become the nation’s largest public utility and a significant economic driver and environmental steward for the Valley.

“The good jobs and quality investments we help bring to the Valley have never been more important to the people of our region,” Mr. Johnson said.

“For eight decades, TVA has been a faithful partner in strengthening and protecting our nation. We provide the energy, manage the resources and work in harmony with others to make our region better and move our nation closer to a cleaner energy future,” he continued.

As part of the celebration, TVA launched an online scavenger hunt on Friday with a list of TVA-related current and historical questions at www.tva.com/80th. Answers can be found on TVA’s public website at www.tva.com/.

Entries with correct answers to all questions received by June 17 will be entered into a drawing for a free In-Home Energy Evaluation from TVA and their participating local power company. Through IHEE, homeowners receive an on-site inspection, energy efficiency advice and up to $500 in reimbursements on eligible recommended home improvements when completed. Alternate prizes will be available if the winner’s local power company does not participate in IHEE.

Complete scavenger hunt contest rules are available at www.tva.com/80th.

Mr. Johnson said the scavenger hunt and the 80th anniversary celebration remind the public about all that TVA has accomplished and how much TVA continues to do in service to the people of the Tennessee Valley.

In 2012 alone, TVA helped attract or retain more than 42,000 jobs across the Valley. Earlier this year, TVA’s integrated system of dams controlled heavy rains by averting $800 million in flood damage one month and setting a record for hydroelectric generation a month later.

TVA also is on the leading edge of exploring advances in meeting growing energy needs and changing technologies, including the development of small modular nuclear reactors and the modernization of the power grid.

“Eighty years of progress has made us wiser and has contributed to our mission of improving the lives of residents within the Tennessee Valley. It is a privilege to serve the people of the Valley in ways no other agency does. As we begin our ninth decade of service, TVA’s vision is to be one of our nation’s leading providers of low-cost and cleaner energy,” Mr. Johnson said.


Tennessee Unemployment Rates Fall In Most Counties

Tennessee’s county unemployment rates for March 2017 have decreased in 91 counties, increased in three, and remained the same in one, according to data released on Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). For the month of March, Davidson County has the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 3.4 percent, a decline from 3.6 percent of ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Chamber Calendar Of Events May 2-5

TUES/2 Member Orientation   8-9:30 a.m.    Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce: 811 Broad St     Join us to learn more about your member benefits and what's going on at the Chamber! Light breakfast is served. Please RSVP to Anne McNutt,  AMcNutt@ChattanoogaChamber.com . TUES/2 "How To Get a Job 101" Free Sessions   ... (click for more)

County School Teachers To Get 3% Raise Under Balanced County School Budget

Hamilton County Schools teachers are slated to get three percent pay increases under the balanced budget approved by the School Board on Thursday afternoon. That comes on top of a two percent hike last year. Lee McDade, assistant superintendent, said a large influx of cash came from the state, and Governor Bill Haslam outlined that it was to raise the pay level for teachers. ... (click for more)

Law Enforcement Shuts Down Convenience Store Near College Hill Courts As Public Nuisance

Law enforcement on Thursday took steps to shut down a convenience store near the College Hill Courts as a public nuisance. The action was taken after District Attorney Neal Pinkston filed a petition with Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz about the Westside Shop. The store is operated by Salma Ambo, and the real property is owned by AAA Investment Properties LLC. The petition ... (click for more)

White Coat Syndrome And The Medical System - And Response (2)

Today I wish to share what I am feeling as a patient in our medical system. I am too old to put on airs at this point, and this is too pervasive of a problem for me to contain.   As I enter my AARP years, I am faced with so many medical encounters that evoke all kinds of uncomfortable feelings. I dread physician’s appointments riddled with government regulatory hypocrisy, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: County Commissioners Not Getting Bang For Their School Bucks

The Hamilton County School Board passed a balanced budget to present to the County Commission at a Special Called Meeting on Thursday night. They also attached a prioritized list of $24.5 million in critical needs for the County Commission to consider that will never see the light of day. The long and short of it is easy to see -- the County Commissioners have had enough. It ... (click for more)