80 years of power and flood control

Friday, May 17, 2013
Photos courtesy TVA

On May 18, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the bill creating the Tennessee Valley Authority. The following March, Tupelo, Miss., became the first city to get electric power from TVA. Over the past 80 years, TVA has been involved in power generation, and the lakes it manages are important to flood control, navigation and recreation. The agency has been a part of life in the south -- including Bedford County.