TVA board OKs auction of Muscle Shoals acreage


RAINSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority's board is making 1,000 acres of public land on its Muscle Shoals Reservation available for auction as part of an economic redevelopment project.

The news website reports ( the board of directors unanimously approved the plan Thursday.

Rob Manning, TVA chief energy delivery officer, said it could be a year before the auction and years before construction takes place. Nevertheless, he called it a big step to helping the Shoals community.

Manning said there is one more public meeting to get community ideas, and then TVA will begin forming a master plan.

The Muscle Shoals Reservation once was used to build bomb materials for the U.S. War Department. The government gave it to TVA in 1935, and it was used to make fertilizer for decades.

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