Submit a Letter to the Editor
Please send a Letter to the Editor to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Chattanoogan online newspaper and the Cleveland Daily Banner.
Here are a few tips in writing letters:
Keep them short. Letters to the Times Free Press should be 200 words or less. The Chattanoogan does not have a word limit, but "less is more" in terms of readability. The Cleveland Daily Banner prefers letters of 500 words or less.
Keep them simple. The issue with the TVA has many tentacles. Focus on whatever the one or two things about what the TVA is doing that motivate you to take a few minutes and compose a letter.
Letters to the Chattanooga Times Free Press or the Cleveland Daily Banner must include your name, address and telephone number. A phone number is required in case the editors need to clarify a point from your letter. The Chattanoogan requires your name and location, such as Hixson or Ooltewah or Chattanooga.
You can mail your letter to the Times Free Press at 400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403; fax it to 423-757-6383; or e-mail the letter to email@example.com. Letters to The Chattanoogan should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to put a short headline on top of your letter. Letters to the Cleveland Daily Banner can be mailed to P.O. Box 3600, Cleveland, TN, 37320; or e-mailed to email@example.com.
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Write Your Elected Officials
One of the most effective actions a citizen can take is to take the time to write their elected officials.
Here are the addresses of key elected leaders we encourage you to write.
Sen. Lamar Alexander
900 Georgia Ave # 260,
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Sen. Marsha Blackburn
10 West M. L. King Blvd., 6th Floor
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Rep. Chuck Fleischmann
900 Georgia Avenue Suite 126
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Sen. Mike Bell
261 County Road 757
Riceville TN 37370
Sen. Todd Gardenhire
PO Box 4506
Chattanooga TN 37405
Rep. Dan Howell
252 Chestoee Trail NW
Cleveland TN 37336
Rep. Mike Carter
425 5th Avenue North
Suite 632 Cordell Hull Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37243
Greg Vital spoke Wednesday, February 13, to the TVA Board of Directors in Chattanooga on behalf of Georgetown residents and property owners.
Since the disclosure of TVA Project Viper in August 2018, Georgetown residents and property owners have been calling on the Tennessee Valley Authority leadership to answer questions about the $300 million project that is certain to change the face of a rural community.
Dear TVA: Five months ago, TVA employees came to Georgetown. It’s time to come back and talk.
On Aug. 30, the agency held a public meeting and the letter sent to 70 or so property owners (dated Aug. 9, 2018) said the meeting concerned a $26 million upgrade to a transmission line from Hopewell to Georgetown to serve a “secure office complex.” A press release was issued on Aug. 20.
TVA employees supported by an armed guard entered the private property the government agency is condemning shortly before 1 p.m. today. The environmental study team was from Knoxville. They said they weren't testing, just observing the "natural features." The officer in full body armor wouldn't say where he was based, just "Hamilton." They crossed Gunstocker Creek and onto Project Viper, TVA's $300 million new secret city in Georgetown, around 2:45 p.m.
TVA is moving aggressively to complete its ‘Quick Take’ possession of the 4 private properties in Georgetown through Federal Court action necessary to expand the last 1 mile of powerline easement they do not own through eminent domain for Project Viper.
But first, archaeological, architectural and environmental studies are underway by one of the most respected firms in the Region, Mid South Consulting along the 4.25 miles of existing right of way from Hopewell to Georgetown.
Lawyers for Georgetown property owner Greg Vital went to court Friday and ask Federal Judge Sandy Mattice to set aside the court’s order giving TVA immediate access to the property the TVA needs for Project Viper, a $300 million “secure office complex” that moves the agency’s power control plant from downtown Chattanooga to Georgetown in Meigs County.
TVA didn't even give the property owners time to respond to a lawsuit filed Nov. 20 before it steamrolled its way into federal court Friday morning, where TVA lawyers requested and were granted -- using the eminent domain powers of the TVA Act of 1933 -- immediate possession and access to four properties in Georgetown adjacent to Project Viper, TVA's new, $300 million secret city.
VA filed suit on Tuesday, Nov. 20, against four private citizens in order to take their private property for Project Viper in Georgetown. Property owners found out in the media. TVA has done nothing it said it would do since over the past 90 days. Below is a statement from Greg Vital, one of the property owners who has tried to work with TVA without success.
September 2017, TVA received a consultant’s report outlining how to provide water and wastewater service to its “secure office complex” in Georgetown. No one other than TVA knew anything about the project until the third week of August 2018.