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Tupelo Celebrates their 80th Anniversary of Becoming the First TVA City Friday

TUPELO, Miss.- Tupelo was the first city to receive power from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). They provide power to 9 million people and is the nations largest publicly owned utility. 

“TVA  began May 18th, 1933 when Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the TVA  Act, but the first city to receive TVA power was Tupelo which happened one minute after midnight on Feb. 7, 1934.” said TVA Spokesperson, Chris Stanley.

80 years later they are celebrating that occasion at Church Street Elementary School in Tupelo, which is next to Robins Field, the field that Roosevelt spoke at back in November of 1934. The TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson, Former TVA Chairman Glenn McCullough Jr. and a surprise special guest will all be there. This event is free to the public and will begin at 11 a.m.

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