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TVA's Tree-Clearing Policy

UNLIKELY ACTIVISTS: From left, Debra Van Meter, Janie Tarwater, and Vonnie Jarrard are residents of the Kensington subdivision in West Knoxville determined to fight TVA’s plans to decimate their yards.

Photo by David Luttrell

UNLIKELY ACTIVISTS: From left, Debra Van Meter, Janie Tarwater, and Vonnie Jarrard are residents of the Kensington subdivision in West Knoxville determined to fight TVA’s plans to decimate their yards.

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  • More than 60 cypresses at Summit Medical Center were cut down by TVA and fed to the wood chipper.
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  • UNLIKELY ACTIVISTS: From left, Debra Van Meter, Janie Tarwater, and Vonnie Jarrard are residents of the Kensington subdivision in West Knoxville determined to fight TVA’s plans to decimate their yards.
  • LOW GROWTH: From smaller shrubbery to larger trees, TVA says all this decorative planting in the Westminster Place development needs to go.
  • LINED UP: This map of TVA’s transmission lines also shows where trees will be coming down.

Environmentalists and property owners led by activist Larry Silverstein protest TVA's vegetation management policies; the power company says it's only adhering to a federal mandate to remove trees that could possibly hit power lines.

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