TVA board member gets new term

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former Oxford Mayor Richard Howorth has been confirmed to a second term on the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Board of Directors with the support of Mississippi Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker.

The Senate approved Howorth’s nomination by voice vote Thursday.

Howorth was first appointed in 2011 and re-nominated to a new term in July. With confirmation, he is cleared to serve a term expiring in May 2020.

In a news release, Cochran says TVA plays an important role in North Mississippi, and Howorth has used his position to effectively represent the state’s interests and those of all TVA customers.

Howorth, the founder and owner of Square Books in Oxford, served to two terms as mayor, during which time he was chairman of the authority overseeing the Oxford Electric Department.