April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014

KUB Tree Line USA

Tom Simpson (center), Regional State Forester, presents Liz Hannah (left), KUB’s Lead Forester, and Mike Patterson (right), System Operations Manager, with the Tree Line USA flag on behalf of the Arbor Day Foundation during the Arbor Day Celebration at Fountain City Elementary on April 25.

KUB Tree Line USAThe Arbor Day Foundation has once again designated KUB as a Tree Line USA® utility. The foundation has named KUB a Tree Line USA utility each year since 2001 for following best practices in utility arboriculture through quality tree care, annual worker training, tree planting and public education.

KUB Tree Line USAThe Knoxville Tree Board hosted an Arbor Day Celebration at Fountain City Elementary School on Friday, April 25. Liz Hannah, KUB’s lead forester, and Mike Patterson, System Operations manager, accepted the Tree Line USA award at the event.

As one of only 143 Tree Line USA utilities across the nation, KUB is committed to pruning practices that support safe, reliable electric service and help preserve the health of the tree. Trees add beauty and life to our community, as well as helping to conserve energy and clean our air and water.

“Thank you to our employees and contractors for the hard work and professionalism that makes the Vegetation Management Program a success,” said Bill Elmore, KUB Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “Trees are a critical part of our community’s urban landscape and taking care of trees is good for our system, our customers, and the broader community.”

KUB serves nearly 200,000 electric customers and maintains more than 5,000 miles of electric lines. KUB appreciates its customers’ cooperation as it continues its vegetation management responsibilities to promote safety and support reliable electric service. For more information on KUB’s tree pruning and vegetation management services, visit

About Knoxville Utilities Board

KUB is a municipal utility serving Knox and parts of seven adjacent counties and provides electric, gas, water, and wastewater services to more than 444,000 customers.