Entergy MS celebrates 90th anniversary
by Courtney Stevens
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Billy Percy (center) received a donation in his honor to the Community Foundation of Washington County. With him is his wife Lisa, president of the outreach program, and Entergy President Haley Fisackerly
Billy Percy (center) received a donation in his honor to the Community Foundation of Washington County. With him is his wife Lisa, president of the outreach program, and Entergy President Haley Fisackerly
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Entergy Mississippi, Inc. celebrated its 90th anniversary Tuesday with a banquet at the Greenville Higher Education Center in Greenville.

Entergy Mississippi officially began operations in April 1923.

“During the past 90 years, Entergy Mississippi has made history, again and again, in helping to build this state,” said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi, Inc. president and CEO. “From attracting industry to recovering after catastrophic events like the 1979 flood, the people of this company have played a key role in moving our state forward.”

Entergy Mississippi provides electricity to more than 437,000 customers in 45 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation.

The United States used 25 percent of the world's energy. Entergy is the second cleanest electric producer of the United States.

On April 12, 1923, Mississippi Power and Light Company was incorporated in Mississippi.

The company officially changed its name to Entergy Corporation at the annual meeting of stockholders in May 1989. The new name was used to forge a new direction. The name Entergy is a composite of the words “enterprise,” “energy” and “synergy,”

Entergy Mississippi has done a great deal of work since it's beginning such as becoming the first organization in the state to adopt the U.S. Treasury’s voluntary payroll allotment plan, which provided for salary and wage deductions for the purchase of War Bonds, establishing the “Helping Build Mississippi Club,” and constructing Grand Gulf Nuclear Power station, which ensured a cleaner, and more reliable source of power for Mississippians.

To highlight the luncheon, Billy Percy was recognized for serving on the Entergy Corporation board for 14 years.

Percy retired last month.

"For the 90 years of Entergy Mississippi's existence, there has been a Percy on the board for 42 of those years," said Fisackerly.

Rather than receive a gift, Percy asked that a donation be made to the Community Foundation of Washington County for Community Outreach.

Entergy Mississippi donated $50,000 to the cause and presented Percy with a large check at the luncheon.

"It was great to be connected with a company like Entergy, which is so much a part of the community and has a community at heart, I'm going to miss it," said Percy.

"We're excited to celebrate 90 years, but I'm excited about the next 90 years," said Fisackerly.