CANCELED Summer 2020 Meeting in Huntsville, AL

The ATVG summer meeting  planned for July 7 & 8 in Huntsville, AL has been canceled due to coronavirus outbreak. Please check back for future update on our fall meeting planned for Oct 27 & 28, 2020 in Gatlinburg, TN.

Special Message from Mike Arms, ATVG Executive Director

Association of Tennessee Valley Governments

Spring Meeting April 15, 2020

Important Update: Meeting Cancellation COVID-19


After discussions with the ATVG Board Executive Committee and several Board members the decision has been made to cancel the ATVG meeting scheduled for April 15 in Tunica.  Several factors contributed to this decision:

  1. The unknown status of COVID-19 over the next eight weeks and beyond and the CDC’s guidance with which we are all familiar;
  2. The fact that TVA is currently not allowing its employees to attend any meetings involving more than 15 participants so TVA’s involvement is in doubt;
  3. Many local government officials are overly preoccupied in addressing the serious issues associated with prevention of the spread of the virus.

In discussions with the Gold Strike Resort we have committed to having a meeting at Gold Strike in 2021.

In discussions with TVA, its May 7 Board meeting in Murray, KY is still planned as scheduled and ATVG remains committed to hosting a reception for the Board and TVA leadership officials on May 6.  If this event is not postponed, we will have a private dinner following this reception for all ATVG members in attendance.  Also, we will plan for some additional activities for our July meeting in Huntsville.

For Coronoavirus: TVA’s Commitment; Message from Jeff Lyash, TVA President & CEO go to

Everyone stay healthy and safe!!

Mike Arms

ATVG Executive Director

TVA Helping Neighbor’s Stay #TennesseeStrong


March 5, 2020— Deadly tornadoes roared through Middle Tennessee in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The storms left a path of destruction 50 miles long across Davidson, Wilson and Smith counties. A larger, more intense tornado continued and caused extensive damage in Putnam County where winds reached 175 mph. At this time, 25 people are confirmed dead with dozens missing and thousands displaced from their homes and businesses.

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Larry Chesser Elected President of ATVG for 2020

During the fall meeting in October 2019  in Gatlinburg, Fort Payne, AL Mayor Larry Chesser was elected President for the upcoming year of ATVG.  Mayor Chesser welcomes your questions and participation in issues affecting the Tennessee Valley Authority and TVA counties.   Mayor Chesser may be contacted at:

Fort Payne City Hall
100 Alabama Ave. NW.
Fort Payne, AL 35967

Phone: (256) 845-1524
Fax: (256) 845-2987

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM