published Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Man pleads guilty to falsifying safety records at Watts Bar

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    Matthew David Correll, 31, of Hixson, was charged with two counts of making false statements in connection with the construction of Watts Bar Unit 2. Contributed Photo

A 31-year-old electrician pleaded guilty this morning in federal court to charges he falsified records during work on the Watts Bar nuclear reactor in August.

Matthew Correll will face a possible five-year sentence at his Oct. 6 hearing.

While working for subcontractor Williams Specialty Services, a Tucker, Ga., company, Correll falsified records related to his job of measuring electric power cables for safety equipment.

Correll wrote he had measured cables that he had not measured.

Williams Special Services served as a subcontractor to Betchel Power Services Co. Officials said in previous stories that 80 employees worked at the site in Spring City at the time. Correll’s employment ended in September.

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Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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