Interview with John Cartwright, June 18, 2018

Project: Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

John Cartwright, a former employee of the TVA, begins the interview by recalling how he was hired at the TVA. Cartwright's work on the Town Lift Program (which was his first assignment) is discussed, focusing upon the city planning aspect of the program. Town Lift is also compared to other similar beautification programs. Cartwright's career is outlined. Additionally, the interviewee provides a history of the Tellico Dam area. The dynamics of the tri-county area are also included. The process of buying farmland from farmers around the Tellico Dam by the TVA is examined. The political context during the 1970s in relation to the Tellico Dam is provided. Cartwright explains what happened to farmers who leased their former lands from the TVA when the Tellico project was to be completed. Cartwright articulates his work with USAID and the development of the Tellico Dam land-use plan. Programs created by the TVA and USAID for energy conservation and economic development that Cartwright participated in are considered, including projects in the Philippines, Portugal and Thailand. Program requirements for the USAID and TVA programs, as well as the political context surrounding the initiatives is assessed. Cooperation on programs between the TVA and the UN are detailed. The interviewee's role in the Business Development Program are reflected upon. To conclude the interview, Cartwright shares his most important accomplishments at the TVA and the impact that the TVA has had.

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2019oh1673_tvara0017

Interviewee Name

John Cartwright

Interviewer Name

Philip Mummert

Interview Date

2018-06-18

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Cartwright, John Interview by Philip Mummert. 18 Jun. 2018. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Cartwright, J. (2018, June 18). Interview by P. Mummert. Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Cartwright, John, interview by Philip Mummert. June 18, 2018, Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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