Georgia Banker Sails Through TVA Confirmation Hearing

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Banker Thomas Gilliland pledged to continue the TVA's commitment to nuclear power if confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first Georgian on TVA's board of directors.

He's just had his confirmation hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

He told the panel that nuclear power is needed to meet peak energy demands.

Gilliland is executive vice president and general counsel for United Community Banks in Blairsville, Georgia.

Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, co-chairman of the TVA congressional caucus, called Gilliland a first-class nominee who brings strong business credentials to the board.