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The Tennessee Valley Authority announced new leaders of its Tennessee nuclear power plants Tuesday following the decision of Watts Bar Site Vice President Paul Simmons to retire from TVA.

Simmons, who has served as head of TVA's newest nuclear plant at Watts Bar since its startup in 2016, formerly served as plant manager at Sequoyah and helped in the addition of the second reactor at Watts Bar near Spring City, Tennessee.

Simmons is being succeeded at Watts Bar by Tony Williams, who is currently site vice president at TVA's Sequoyah nuclear plant near Soddy-Daisy. Williams joined TVA from Entergy Nuclear in March, 2017.

Matt Rasmussen, who has served as Sequoyah's plant manager since March, 2017, is being promoted to site vice president at Sequoyah to succeed Williams. Rasmussen began his career with TVA in 2002 at Browns Ferry, and has held positions of increasing responsibility throughout his career with TVA. He joined the Sequoyah team in 2015.

Scott Hunnewell is being promoted from his position as Sequoyah's director of work management to plant manager to succeed Rasmussen. Hunnewell previously held leadership positions in engineering at Sequoyah from 2009 through 2011, and served as engineering director at Browns Ferry from July 2012 until returning to Sequoyah in July 2017.

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