Residents To Address TVA Board On Tree-Cutting Issue

Monday, August 13, 2012

Residents upset about TVA's much-tightened tree-cutting policy will have a chance to address the TVA Board of Directors on the issue at its meeting in Knoxville on Thursday.

The meeting is in the West Tower Auditorium at TVA's downtownKnoxville headquarters at 400 West Summit Hill Dr. 

The meeting begins with a “Public Listening Session” at 8:30 a.m. where members of the public are allowed to make apresentation to the board for up to three minutes. The regular meeting will follow after a short recess.

Attorney Larry Silverstein said, "Those who have been very concerned and upset about TVA’s tree-cutting policy will have a rare opportunity to express themselves directly to the Board of Directors, the TVA management, and the media.

"Those wishing to speak at the meeting for up to three minutes may either sign up in person no later than 8:15 a.m. or may sign up in advance online at www.tva.gov/abouttva/board/speak.htm.   Those who sign up online must also check in at the meeting site no later than 8:15 a.m.  All attending the meeting must arrive early to go through security.

"Concerned citizens from the Knoxville area, as well as from Chattanooga and Nashville will be attending the meeting.  Others who cannot attend can submit written comments to the Board at board@tva.gov."

He said the Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club has recently adopted and distributed a resolution on the issue and it will be presented to the Board of Directors. 

Scenic Knoxville will alsopresent a resolution to the Board of Directors.

Attorney Silverstein said, "The length of the Public Listening Session will be determined by how many people choose to speak.  At the April 26th Board meeting in Greeneville, over 30 people spoke on many issues."

He said at a press conference, "several people, including from the Sierra Club, will make comments and be available to answer questions regarding their concerns about TVA’s current policy.   TVA’s policy, which is not required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), is to clear cut remove all trees which either are, or could someday be, 15 feet or taller within the entire width of the 150-200 foot TVA easements on 15,900 miles of transmission lines across seven states.  The needless destruction of millions of trees, along with the additional widespread spraying of herbicides in rural areas, killing all kinds of non-threatening vegetation including trees, grass, shrubs and even blackberry bushes is very alarming.  TVA will be spending hundreds of millions of dollars, doing great harm to private and public property, wildlife, and the environment.  The total cost of such destruction will be immeasurable.

"Earlier this year, the Knoxville City Council, Knox County Commission, and Chattanooga City Council adopted resolutions expressing great concern about TVA’s policy, and urged appropriate TVA officials to immediately reconsider this right of way clearance policy.  Similar pleas to TVA management by mayors and other elected officials have so far been ignored.

"A lawsuit seeking an injunction against TVA’s policy was filed earlier this year in U.S. District Court in Knoxville by 11 plaintiffs from across the state of Tennessee.  A trial date has been set for July 8, 2013."

He said a petition on this issue is now available to be signed online at: www.thepetitionsite.com/426/640//960/stop-tva-overly-agressive-tree-cutting/

If you have any questionsregarding this matter, please contact me at the above phone number or emailaddress.



City Officials Believe Fish Kill In Small Creek In Hixson Is Related To Weather Changes

City officials said they believe a fish kill in a Hixson Creek is related to weather changes. Officials said, "The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is presently investigating the cause of the large numbers of dead fish seen in a wet weather conveyance that runs into the Tennessee River. At this point, officials believe that the cause is related to weather   occurrences earlier ... (click for more)

Police Blotter: Mapco Clerks Catch 1 Fake $100 Bill, Miss Another; Man Booted After Girlfriend Finds Him Asking Other Women For Nude Photos

A clerk at the Mapco on Hamill Road said a man had handed him what he thought was a hundred dollar bill and he almost gave him the change in return. The clerk said he never gave the man the money, but when he confronted the suspect he left the area. The "100 dollar bill" clearly had printed on it front and back it was for motion picture use only. The clerk also tested the obviously ... (click for more)

Reflections On Billy Graham

Sandra and I are saddened this morning after learning of the death of Billy Graham. We rejoice today, because Mr. Graham once said "It will be reported that Billy Graham has died, but that won't be the truth. He said the truth is that he had only moved to a new location".  I remember when we named 15th Street as Billy Graham Avenue, his daughter Gigi came for the dedication ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Me & Billy Graham

For several years in my life it seemed my bad arm and I spent more time at Mayo Clinic than we did in my own house. I hold the record for the most different infections in an elbow at the same time, and my medical charts never had my name on them, instead I was simply, “Mr. Complication.” One morning in particular I spent a horrible three hours in the “nerve conduction lab” with ... (click for more)

Top-Ranked Goodpasture Too Strong For Notre Dame

Trips aren’t always about where you are going, but rather what you are bringing and Notre Dame found out  Wednesday  night Goodpasture packed a whole lot of defense and fundamentals for its journey to the Irish den in the Division II-A state first-round encounter.   And it didn’t hurt that the state’s top-rated Division II-A team was manned by a bunch ... (click for more)

CCS Boys Advance To Division II-A Elite Eight

CCS used a big second quarter to open up a 10 point lead over USJ Wednesday night in their Division II-A state tournament opener at The Webb School.   The Chargers then outscored USJ 13-4 in the third quarter and went on to win 53-36. Rhodes had 7 of his 14 points in the second quarter. Micheal Houge had six of his eight points in a big third quarter.  ... (click for more)