Dam Bridge Named For Former TVA Chairman

By: Nick Bona
By: Nick Bona

Meigs County (WVLT) -- He came to East Tennessee in the 1930's with only $25 in his pocket.

Now a bridge has been named after him.

Earlier in the year, state lawmakers decided to dedicate the Highway 68 bridge over the Watts Bar Dam in honor of Aubrey J. Wagner.

The bridge spans Meigs and Rhea Counties.

Wagner, better known as Red, rose up through the ranks of the Tennessee Valley Authority during the 1940's and 1950's.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy appointed him its chairman.

Wagner's most lasting accomplishment was moving the TVA to nuclear power.

He passed away in 1990.

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