Washington, D. C. 20549



Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported)
August 10, 2018

File Number
Registrant, State of Incorporation,
Address And Telephone Number
I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.
The Southern Company
(A Delaware Corporation)
30 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, N.W.
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
(404) 506-5000

The name and address of the registrant have not changed since the last report.

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Item 8.01.    Other Events.

On August 10, 2018, The Southern Company (the “Company”) entered into separate Sales Agency Financing Agreements (the “Agreements”) with Barclays Capital Inc., BNP Paribas Securities Corp., Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Mizuho Securities USA LLC, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, MUFG Securities Americas Inc., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Scotia Capital (USA) Inc., SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., UBS Securities LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (each, a “Sales Agent”). Under the terms of the Agreements, the Company may offer and sell from time to time not to exceed 50,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock, $5.00 par value per share (the “Shares”). Unless earlier terminated, the Agreements will terminate upon the earlier of (i) the sale of all of the Shares through the Agreements or (ii) the third anniversary of the date of the Agreements.
All of the Shares to be issued and sold under the Agreements were registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, pursuant to the shelf registration statement (Registration No. 333-223128) of the Company.

Item 9.01.
Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits.
Consent of Troutman Sanders LLP (included in Exhibit 5.1 above).

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Date:   August 10, 2018

/s/Melissa K. Caen
Melissa K. Caen
Assistant Secretary