TVA
4:00 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

The TVA turns 80

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the TVA bill into law.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the TVA bill into law.
Credit tva.com

Saturday May 18th marks an important anniversary in the history of the Tennessee River Valley.  It was on that date in 1933 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill that created the Tennessee Valley Authority.  Throughout those 80 years, the agency has been the focus of both glowing praise and fervent criticism, all while fighting for its existence in the halls of Congress. To mark the occasion of the 80th anniversary, WUOT’s Brandon Hollingsworth sat down with Pat Ezzell, the TVA's resident historian.