Bush to nominate first black to TVA board of directors

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush intends to nominate Bishop William Graves of Memphis to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors.

Graves would be the first black to serve on the panel and will fill the last seat on the recently expanded nine-member board overseeing the nation's largest public utlity.

Tennessee Senators Bill Frist and Lamar Alexander announced the decision. Frist says Graves' nomination ensures that West Tennessee's interests are fully represented on the board.

Alexander notes that Memphis is TVA's largest customer.

Both say they look forward to swift confirmation by the Senate.

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