Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Valley Authority chairman Bill Baxter says the federal utility has worked "extremely hard" to keep rate hikes as low as possible. Nonetheless, TVA customers are in for a big jump in electric rates. The TVA board Monday approved an increase of nearly 10%, blaming sharply rising fuel costs. The change will raise monthly bills between $4.75 and $8.75 for the average residential customer. TVA last raised rates in October when they went up just over 7.5%.
Frankfort, KY – Governor Fletcher will undergo a procedure to remove a gallstone embedded in a pancreatic duct. Fletcher spokesman Brett Hall says the Governor is expected to be under general anesthesia. During that time, Hall says there will be a temporary transfer of power from the Governor the Lieutenant Governor Steve Pence. The 53 year old Fletcher was taken to St. Joseph East in lexington Sunday and underwent an ultrasound Monday morning. Hall says the embedded gallstone was found during the scan