Interview with Lynn Hodges, December 15, 2017

Project: Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project

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Lynn Hodges, a former TVA employee, begins the interview by detailing how he was hired at the TVA education program at Land Between the Lakes. Hodges' background in education is discussed. The environmental education program that Hodges oversaw at Land Between the Lakes is examined. Additionally, Hodges considers why TVA was put in charge of Land Between the Lakes by President John F. Kennedy. The interviewee then talks of his promotion by TVA to create a valley-wide environmental education program called the Tennessee Valley Network for Environmental Education. The dynamics and influence of this program are explored. Hodges discusses the controversy that arose from TVA forcing people to relocate from land that was to become part of Land Between the Lakes. Alumni of the Tennessee Valley Network for Environmental Education and their work in the environmental field are illustrated. Hodges attempts to provide an explanation as to why the Tennessee Valley Network for Environmental Education ceased to exist during the time that the TVA stopped receiving congressional appropriations. The interviewee shares his experience with an unsuccessful bid for a nationwide expansion of the Tennessee Valley Network for Environmental Education program. The reaction of Congress to a particular curriculum developed in the program is revealed. Hodges briefly describes his work in the TVA Division of Forestry. Hodges explains his role in creating and expanding TVA University, a training program for TVA employees. International recognition of TVA programs such as engineering feats and TVA University are listed. Hodges concludes the interview with a speculation upon the impact of the switch to reliance on one source of revenue, stemming from TVA's power plants, on the organization's original mission and programming.

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2019oh1671_tvara0015

Interviewee Name

Lynn Hodges

Interviewer Name

Philip Mummert

Interview Date

2017-12-15

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Hodges, Lynn Interview by Philip Mummert. 15 Dec. 2017. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Hodges, L. (2017, December 15). Interview by P. Mummert. Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Hodges, Lynn, interview by Philip Mummert. December 15, 2017, Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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