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1. TVA workers have until Nov. 22 for COVID shots -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is requiring its workers to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Nov. 22.

TVA spokesperson Jim Hopson says the nation's largest public utility is working on developing the processes and procedures to implement the new requirement, including a secure system for employees to document their vaccination status.

2. TVA plans to switch 1,200 vehicles to electric by 2030 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The nation's largest public utility plans to switch out 1,200 of its vehicles for electric ones by 2030, furthering its role in that market for a power supplier that also plans to help add charging stations across the region, the utility's top official said Wednesday.

3. Commission says TVA exec retaliated over safety concerns -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has concluded that a Tennessee Valley Authority executive retaliated against a safety whistleblower.

Vice President Joseph Shea "played a significant role" in the 2018 firing of nuclear engineer Beth Wetzel after she repeatedly raised safety concerns about TVA's nuclear power program, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported, citing a statement from the agency. The panel concluded Shea's actions were intentional and banned him from working in any activities that require licensing by the commission for five years.

4. Trump fires TVA chair, cites hiring of foreign workers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he had fired the chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority, criticizing the federally owned corporation for hiring foreign workers.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he was formally removing chair Skip Thompson and another member of the board, and he threatened to remove other board members if they continued to hire foreign labor. Thompson was appointed to the post by Trump.

5. TVA fined $145K for inaccurate nuke plant info -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Federal regulators have fined the nation's largest public utility $145,000 for submitting incomplete and inaccurate information on a backup system at its Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.

6. Coal investor offers to buy power plant slated for closure -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — A coal investor has offered to purchase a Tennessee Valley Authority plant in Kentucky that's slated for closure next year.

The TVA board voted last month to close the coal-fired Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, rejecting pleas from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to keep it open.

7. Trump's coal pledge could be tested by TVA vote this week -

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump's support for the coal industry — and for a particular power plant — will face a test this week when a utility board he appoints considers whether to close a coal-fired Kentucky plant whose suppliers include a mine owned by one of his campaign donors.

8. Audit: Tennessee Valley Authority helicopter use broke rules -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority's use of a nearly $7 million executive helicopter was not always cost effective, and broke federal travel rules and its own policies, the organization's inspector general said in a new report.

9. Bredesen to push for TVA to help expand broadband access -

CLARKSVILLE (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Phil Bredesen said Tuesday he would push to get the Tennessee Valley Authority to help expand broadband internet access to rural areas if elected.

Bredesen is a Democrat and a former Tennessee governor. He is seeking to replace Sen. Bob Corker, a two-term Republican who is not seeking re-election.

10. TVA rate structure change riles conservers -

A proposed rate structure change from the Tennessee Valley Authority is causing uncertainty in Tennessee’s solar business, an industry hit by import duties in 2017 and now facing steel and aluminum tariffs.

11. Group wants probe of TVA's jets, luxury helicopter -

NASHVILLE (AP) — A clean-energy advocacy group wants an investigation after the Tennessee Valley Authority bought two corporate jets, a Mercedes-Benz helicopter and another plane.

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy says the 2015 and 2017 model jets, the used 2013 model Style helicopter and 2015 turboprop were worth $40 million when new.

12. Alexander: Trump exploration of selling TVA assets a 'looney idea' -

NASHVILLE (AP) — The infrastructure plan outlined by President Donald Trump on Monday suggests studying whether the nation's largest public utility should sell its transmission assets, which Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander called "a looney idea" with "zero chance of becoming law."

13. Bill pushes prosecution for improper transcript changes -

With a grade-changing scandal at Trezevant High rocking Shelby County Schools, Rep. Antonio Parkinson is pushing legislation designed to put a harsh “deterrent” on illicit transcript changes: criminal prosecution.

14. Judge to decide terms of injunction in TVA lawsuit -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — A federal judge is expected to rule on the terms of an injunction that regulates how the Tennessee Valley Authority removes trees along right of ways while TVA works on an Environmental Impact Statement.

15. Environmental groups challenge TVA nuclear reactor plan -

OAK RIDGE (AP) — Environmental groups are challenging the Tennessee Valley Authority's proposal to use a Tennessee nuclear reactor design site abandoned in the 1970s to develop new small modular reactors.