Lakefront property owners march in protest of TVA planting trees that could block their view

The Tennessee Valley Authority, which has come under fire in the past couple of years for trying to cut down too many trees along its transmission lines, was criticized in Knoxville today for a plan to plant trees and shrubs along the shoreline of Tellico Lake, reports the Times-Free Press.

More than a dozen lakefront property owners in the Tellico Village protested a TVA plan they said would block their views of the lake and undermine their home values. Resident of the Kahita subdivision at Tellico Village in Loudon Conty came to a TVA hearing today to picket the federal utility and to try to get the attention of TVA officials, who they claim haven’t been willing to meet with them about the concerns.

“This makes no sense and I think it will devalue these 15 houses by at least $2.5 million,” said Tom Boehm, a 10-year homeowner on Tellico Lake who came here today asking for a meeting with TVA to air the community’s concerns. “If TVA is interested in economic development, this is definitely the wrong thing to do.”

Boehm and the other protesters soon got their wish. TVA President Bill Johnson, who was here today to meet with Tennessee’s U.S. senators about the agency’s future power plans, came out to talk with the protesters and agreed to a future meeting.

“I plan to meet with them and hear their concerns, which is part of my job at TVA,” Johnson said.