Memphis native appointed to TRA board - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis native appointed to TRA board

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Phil Bredesen and legislative leaders have appointed the governor's chief legislative liaison as a director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority.

Memphis native Mary W. Freeman will become the first black woman to serve on the TRA board when she assumes the full-time, $150,000-a-year office July 1.

The TRA replaced the Tennessee Public Service Commission in 1996. It sets rates and service standards of privately owned telephone, natural gas, electric and water utilities.

Freeman replaces Ron Jones, whose term expires June 30. She is a joint appointee of Bredesen, Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Jimmy Naifeh.

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