TVA sues local property owners for temporary access to land for major power line project

The Tennessee Valley Authority is suing property owners in Meigs County and Hamilton County for access to land for their upcoming power line project. (Image: WTVC)

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is suing property owners in Meigs County and Hamilton County for access to land for their upcoming power line project.

In August, TVA announced plans to build a 5.25-mile power line from the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant to its planned Gunstocker Creek station.

The line would run through parts of Bradley, Hamilton, and Meigs Counties.

Greg Vital owns 125 acres of farmland in Meigs County where the proposed power lines would go. He told us in August that the construction will lower his property value, and condemn his farmland.

Now, Vital is being sued by the TVA. They're also suing Nellie Mae Carter of Hamilton County, and John and Bridget Vantiegham of Meigs County.

The lawsuits say TVA is looking to conduct surveys, core drilling, appraisals, title investigations, and related activities in the area.

"I welcome TVA to the region like lots of people do, but I'm opposed to imminent domain. They have options for alternatives and they need to explore it," Vital told us in August.

Construction is scheduled to begin in winter 2019-2020. The project is expected to be in service in winter 2020-2021.

You can read the lawsuits below:


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