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Built for the People DVD

Act now to get your free copy

photoEmployees, contractors and retirees can now order a free DVD of the documentary, Built for the People – the Story of TVA.

In honor of TVA’s 75th anniversary, the TVA retiree organization, BVI, in concert with the Documentary Channel, commissioned and funded the documentary film, which takes viewers on a journey

from President Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of the TVA Act in 1933 to the impact of TVA on the lives of people across the Tennessee Valley.

Employees, retirees and contractors can order a free copy by going to or by sending their name and address to BVI, 400 W. Summit Hill Dr. WT 2A, Knoxville, TN 37902.

Ice storm devastates parts of Kentucky, Tennessee


From left, Power System Operation’s Leslie Nipper, lineman; Steven Blackwell, lineman; Marcus Wooden, foreman; Adam Ruddle, lineman apprentice; Wes Byrd, lineman; and Keith Kinniard Jr., operator, get ready to repair a broken static wire in Mayfield, Ky. During the winter storm in western Kentucky and northwest Tennessee that hit Jan. 28, ice accumulations exceeded 2 inches in some places, with average reports showing 0.75 inches to 1.0 inches of accumulation in the affected areas. The problems throughout the storm included 23 damaged transmission structures, ice on wires (which can sag or break), frozen switches (which will not operate properly), and trees and limbs falling into transmission lines. TVA and distributors coordinated the deployment of crews to help with power-restoration efforts. TVA maintenance crews from unaffected areas and TVA construction and contract construction crews assisted local maintenance workers with repairs to the transmission system.