Chattanooga, TN (February 22, 2019) – EPB congratulated eight Hamilton County students and their teachers who submitted winning poetry in the company’s 15th annual Black History Month Poetry Contest, which celebrates African American “firsts” who broke barriers within the past ten years.
“Once again, our judges had the difficult task of selecting eight winners from the nearly 200 entries we received,” said Kelvin Boyd, EPB Community Relations Specialist. “We are proud of the heart felt work that the students demonstrated by researching and studying the lives of people who have contributed so much to the advancement of science, sports, military and political leadership and the arts.”
EPB will honor these eight recipients and their teachers during an awards banquet on March 14:
Rhyan Olivia Evans, East Brainerd Elementary
L'Tae Bryant, Bess T. Shepherd Elementary
Galilea Bautista, Spring Creek Elementary
Kimora Reid, Spring Creek Elementary
Daniel Tomlinson, Hixson Middle School
Jaylen Holmes, Washington Alternative Learning Center
Annika Love, Chattanooga High School Center of the Creative Arts
Lillie Beth Myers, Washington Alternative learning Center
Each student and their teacher will receive a $100 award during the awards banquet, when former Hamilton County Commissioner Joanne Favors will be the keynote speaker.
Established as an independent board of the City of Chattanooga in 1935, EPB is a municipally-owned utility that provides electric power and fiber optic communications services as a means of promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life across the local area.
EPB serves more than 170,000 homes and businesses in a 600 square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of surrounding counties and areas of North Georgia.
In 2010, EPB became the first provider in the United States to deliver up to 1 Gig (1,000 Mbps) internet speeds utilizing a community-wide fiber optic network that provides access to every home and business in its service area. In 2015, EPB became the first, and to date, only American ISP to make up to 10 Gig (10,000 Mbps) internet speeds accessible to all of its residential and commercial customers as a standard offer.
EPB has also utilized its community-wide fiber optic network to deploy the most advanced and highly automated smart grid power management system in the nation. In recognition of EPB’s groundbreaking infrastructure, the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are utilizing EPB’s smart grid as a national model for researching and developing best practices. EPB is also the first major power distribution utility to earn the USGBC’s PEER certification for having a highly automated, modernized electric power grid. Go to EPB.com for more information.