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Hermitage Residents Upset With TVA Tree Cutting

Hermitage Residents Upset With TVA Tree Cutting

CREATED Jun 26, 2014

HERMITAGE, Tenn. - Homeowners in a Hermitage neighborhood said they're watching their property values go down, along with their trees and there's nothing they can do about it.

Officials with the Tennessee Valley Authority said tree cutting is necessary for safety reasons.

We spend every morning out here. Drinking our coffee, watching the squirrels and the birds,” said homeowner Phillis West.

But their landscape is slowly changing and not by their own choice.

“When I got here this morning I just came out and started saying ‘shame on you, would you do this to your mother, or your grandmother,’" she said.

Crews from the Tennessee Valley Authority have been cutting down every single tree within 75 feet of these power lines. The TVA said federal regulators set the standard for zero vegetation related power outages.

This type of work occurs on a three year cycle, in seven different states.