The Arab Electric Cooperative board of trustees has new leadership.

The board elected Arab Tribune editor Charles Whisenant as president, Charlie Griffin as vice president, Dianne Prestridge as secretary and Bill Stricklend as treasurer.

Under the previous board, Whisenant served as vice president and Prestridge was secretary/treasurer. The board separated the positions of secretary and treasurer in order to have four board members on the executive committee.

All officers were elected unanimously.

The board is currently searching for a new general manager and is engaging the services of National Rural Electric Cooperative Association consultant Roy Palk to assist with the search. The board and Palk talked over conference call this week.

Palk outlined the search process and his tentative schedule.

He will meet with the board on Sept. 19.

Palk informed that the board that a board questionnaire would be sent out and asked that the board return it completed by Sept. 10, so that the information could be compiled in time for the Sept. 19 meeting.

In other business, the board elected new officers during its first meeting following last Saturday’s annual meeting, in which three new board members were elected.

The board elected (Tribune editor) Charles Whisenant as president, Charlie Griffin as vice president, Dianne Prestridge as secretary and Bill Stricklend as treasurer.

Under the previous board, Whisenant served as vice president and Prestridge was secretary/treasurer. The board separated the positions of secretary and treasurer in order to have four board members on the executive committee.

All officers were elected unanimously.

New Substation

The Tennessee Valley Authority is holding an informational meeting on the proposed new electric substation for Arab.

TVA has sent a letter to all property owners who will be affected by the construction notifying them of the meeting.

The project consists of rebuilding about seven miles of existing transmission lines to provide power to the proposed substation.

A detailed map showing where the lines will be built can be viewed at www.tva.com/transmissionprojects.

The informational meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 12, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Old Greenhouse, 909 North Brindlee Mountain Parkway.

TVA representatives will be available at the meeting to provide information and answer questions. Large maps showing the proposed transmission upgrades will be available.

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