Meigs County officials said they welcome TVA's Project Viper, setting up a $300 million power center in the south end of the county.
County Mayor Bill James along with the Meigs County Commission said, "We are excited to welcome Tennessee Valley Authority's Project Viper. Meigs County has a long history of partnership with Tennessee Valley Authority, from the rivers that run along the borders of our county, to the Watts Bar Hydro-Electric Dam.
"The Commission, as well as, the mayor are very enthusiastlc about continuing this partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority on this new project.
The project will bring additional jobs and potentially new families to Meigs County. Additionally, the potential for new supporting businesses on the south end of Meigs County once the project is completed could strengthen the tax base."
County Mayor James said, "I am personally expecting a posltive impact for the southern portion of our County. Welcoming the new workers that will build and work at the Tennessee Valley Authority Center ls part of the hospitality of Meigs County."
Commission Chairman Stanley lllelch said, "The governing body of Meigs County is diligently eager to assist Tennessee Valley Authority in any way possible with Project Viper. I am very excited about the probable role Project Viper can ptay in the prosperity of not only the south end of Meigs County but Meigs County as a whole.''
Greg Vital, landowner who filed suit to try to stop a high-voltage line from going across his Meigs County farm, said, "No one has ever questioned the need for Project Viper somewhere in the Tennessee Valley, but TVA has failed to address a single issue raised by citizens since last August.
"Has TVA shared with the mayor the yearly contribution to Meigs County for payments in lieu of taxes? Did TVA tell Meigs County how many dollars it will spend on goods and services bought locally and how many local residents it will hire? What projects and dollars is TVA committing to for roads and sewers that are non-existent to support Georgetown's infrastructure? What other locations did TVA consider for Project Viper and why was this the most economical and feasible site.
“If TVA can go meet with Mayor James, maybe they should come to the whole Meigs County Commission and do a public presentation."