TVA Powerlines

The debate over incoming power lines to the Bowling Green area continues.

Residents of The Cumberland Trace Area are concerned about the proximity of the new power line to their homes. It stretches from Cemetery Road to the Cumberland Trace area to the new substation on Cave Mill Road.

Steve Cline has been living in his home for the last 18 years, which he said he picked the spot for the setting. The problem is that Cline's home is in the area where new power lines are going up.

According to Cline, the Tennessee Valley Authority is putting up another power line in the area and his trees are in the way.

"Hundred year old trees that are just going to be cut down in a matter of minutes," said Cline.

Cline is concerned if he loses the trees on the perimeter of his property, he'll also lose his privacy.

"I can see all of the tractor trailers right now and what their messages are on the side of their trucks, and we had that kind of shielded by the trees," said Cline.

According to those with TVA and Bowling Green Municipal Utilities, the new line is needed to keep up with the popularity of Bowling Green.

"The Bowling Green area is growing rapidly and this power line is needed to meet the general growth conditions in the area," said Roger Sparry withTVA.

Other residents in the area are so upset they've hired an attorney. David Broderick is representing two neighborhoods and other organizations disputing the power line.

Broderick said the lawsuit is to see if there really is a need for it.

"From the open record act we got from BGMU, a joint study they did with TVA, the basis of them wanting to put this new substation in was at least in part that in the first listing there was going to be a new airport at the ITA sight in 2007, which apparently will have a significant time delay at this point in time," said Broderick.

Those with BGMU told WBKO the substation and new line are being built for the current growth. However, the substation would also be able to accommodate any future growth as well.

As for Cline, he's concerned TVA will get a court order to take his trees.

Those with BGMU tell WBKO, last summer the organization hit five electric peak records due to the city's growth.

Broderick currently has a case pending over the need for the BGMU substation. There are also two federal cases he's filed against TVA for condemning land.

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