TVA escapes tree injunction

TVA escapes tree injunction

June 21st, 2012 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Local - Breaking News

The TVA headquarters building is located in downtown Chattanooga.

The TVA headquarters building is located in downtown...

Photo by Angela Lewis /Times Free Press.

By Ed Marcum

A federal judge has turned down a bid by homeowners suing TVA to force the federal utility to place its tree-cutting policy on hold while the lawsuit progresses.

Don K. Vowell, attorney for the plaintiffs, said it is disappointing that U.S. District Court Judge Tom Varlan did not grant a preliminary injunction that would halt TVA's tree-cutting efforts, but Vowell said the judge could approve such a request later.

"Although we were very disappointed, it doesn't mean that the case is over," Vowell said.

"It does means everybody who has trees in the TVA right of way will continue to be at risk of having them taken down," he said.