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Atmos Energy Announces Retirement of Charles K. Vaughan from Board of Directors

  Atmos Energy Announces Retirement of Charles K. Vaughan from Board of
  Directors

Business Wire

DALLAS -- January 3, 2013

Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE: ATO) today announced that Charles K. Vaughan
has retired from the company’s board of directors, effective December 27,
2012. Subsequent to his retirement, in recognition of his more than 55 years
of service to Atmos Energy and the role he had in building and leading the
company, the board appointed Vaughan as an honorary director, effective
January 1, 2013.

Vaughan first joined the company in 1957, when it was a part of Pioneer
Corporation, and served in numerous leadership capacities until 1983, when
Atmos Energy became an independent public company. At that time, Vaughan was
named the company’s first chairman, president and chief executive officer.
Over the next several years, Vaughan led the company through a series of
successful acquisitions, relocation of its headquarters from Amarillo to
Dallas and the listing of the company’s common stock on the New York Stock
Exchange. Subsequent to retiring as chairman of the board in 1997, Vaughan
continued to serve as a director of the company until his retirement, along
with serving as lead director since October 2003.

“Atmos Energy has benefited from Charlie’s leadership and vision for more than
55 years and we are pleased that the company will continue to benefit from his
counsel through his new role as an honorary director,” said Kim Cocklin,
president and chief executive officer of Atmos Energy. “His vision for
strategic development and his leadership in the implementation of multiple
acquisitions have greatly contributed to the company’s success. He embodies
the values, principles and spirit that have made Atmos Energy what it is
today.”

About Atmos Energy

Atmos Energy Corporation, headquartered in Dallas, is one of the country's
largest natural-gas-only distributors, serving about three million natural gas
distribution customers in over 1,400 communities in nine states from the Blue
Ridge Mountains in the East to the Rocky Mountains in the West. Atmos Energy
also provides natural gas marketing and procurement services to industrial,
commercial and municipal customers primarily in the Midwest and Southeast and
manages company-owned natural gas pipeline and storage assets, including one
of the largest intrastate natural gas pipeline systems in Texas. For more
information, visit www.atmosenergy.com. Information about Atmos Energy may
also be accessed through social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and
YouTube.

Contact:

Atmos Energy Corporation
Susan Giles, 972-855-3729