Interview with John "Jack" Barron, July 24, 2017

Project: Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project

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Jack Barron, a former employee of the TVA, begins the interview by discussing how he was hired at TVA and his professional background in state parks. TVA and politics during the Eisenhower and JFK presidencies are examined. Additionally, Barron tells the story of when he was hired as Tributary Area Development (OTAD) head. The interviewee also characterizes the conditions in the Tributary Area Development zone, as well as budgetary functions. Barron lists and describes some of the Tributary Area Development projects that he oversaw as head, including: the Sequatchie County project for education, the Duffield Industrial Park, the abandoned car project, projects for teenagers, ferry elimination, and bridge construction. The barn raising efforts of Barron's successor, Pete Claussen are also explored. The plant initiative created by TVA forestry employees is considered. The president of Jack Daniels financing Tributary Area Development projects is detailed. Barron also explains why he left his position as OTAD head. Changes to TVA funding structures during Barron's career are listed. Barron's tasks as the Assistant to the General Manager of Planning, Budgeting, and Systems are examined. Additionally, Barron illustrates his efforts to secure a federal grant for research on energy conservation or energy use. To conclude the interview, Barron discusses his retirement and recent health.

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2019oh1667_tvara0011

Interviewee Name

John "Jack" Barron

Interviewer Name

Philip Mummert

Interview Date

2017-07-24

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Barron, John Interview by Philip Mummert. 24 Jul. 2017. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Barron, J. (2017, July 24). Interview by P. Mummert. Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Barron, John, interview by Philip Mummert. July 24, 2017, Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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