Bush nominates Ga. banker, two Tenn. incumbents to TVA board

Knoxville (AP) -- President Bush nominated a Georgia banker and two incumbent Tennesseans to the TVA board of directors.

Thomas C. Gilliland of Blairsville, Georgia, would replace former chairman Bill Baxter of Knoxville, who resigned in January. His term would expire in 2011.

Nominated to new terms were public relations executive Susan Richardson Williams of Knoxville, and Bishop William H. Graves of Memphis.

Both joined the expanded nine-member board just last year and will now serve until 2012 if confirmed by the Senate.

Graves is the first black member of the TVA board and the first from Memphis. Williams chaired a TVA board committee that set new limits on lakeshore development along the TVA-controlled Tennessee River system.

Knoxville-based TVA is the country's largest public utility.

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