Every year Alabama Power delivers a check of $1,000 to Bibb County for economic development. This year, the occasion also marks the nearing retirement of Alabama Power’s Centreville Business Office Manager, John Downs.

After 45 years with the company, Mr. Downs now prepares to pass his position off to Susie Harris.

Forty-five years is a long time to dedicate to keeping the lights on. I asked John what he thought was the wildest thing that happened in his time there. Having a hard time pinning down any single event, he recalled a few times that the going was pretty tough.

“April 27th … those tornadoes … we had power out everywhere. It was tough with all the lines down. But, we actually had the transfer station go down, too. Even when the lines were fixed, we couldn’t get power back to people for a couple of days. That one sticks out,” he said.

Enjoy your retirement, Mr. Downs.

SOURCEThe Bibb Voice
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A father, creative professional, and an alumnus of Bibb County High School, Jeremy has found his way back to Centreville after many years away. He studied Finance and Economics at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and almost a decade ago left the "normal" business world for audio and video production. A freelance writer, photographer, sound engineer, and film and video producer/director/editor, his work has appeared online for Southern Living, People, Health, Food & Wine, Sports Illustrated, Cooking Light, Al.com, It's a Southern Thing, and This Is Alabama, as well as for independent musicians and filmmakers across Alabama.