Nothing is ever as simple as it seems when it comes to TVA and its management. What is clear is that three TVA board members whose terms expired in May 2016 were not confirmed by the U.S. Senate and, therefore, they go off the board on Jan. 3, 2017. They are the current chair Joe Ritch, along with Mike McWherter and Peter Mahurin.
The bylaws do not provide for a vice chair or someone to fill in for a vacant chair position immediately, which will occur in one week. The chair of the audit committee, who is Lynn Evans, will preside at a called meeting and likely would be chosen to be chair, but she is not chair until elected. The bylaws further provide that the board should decide within 30 days of the vacancy who the next chair is.
Toward the end of what was billed as a public conversation with S. David Freeman, a young woman in the audience invited the former TVA director to come back to Knoxville Aug. 25 and rally a citizens’ group before they converge on a TVA board meeting to demand greater attention to energy efficiency.
“We would be honored if you would come speak to them, and it would draw more media attention,” said Amy Kelly of Appalachian Voices.
The property owners who filed a lawsuit in 2012 challenging the Tennessee Valley Authority’s tree removal policies will press on with their case despite TVA’s announcement that it has ended the practice of destroying vegetation that grows taller than 15 feet on its easement zone.
The utility contends that suspending the 15-foot rule renders the case moot and asks that the lawsuit be dismissed.
The UT Athletic Board is meeting behind closed doors after years of being open. The News Sentinel has gone to great lengths to criticize this change.
It is apparent that the university went to great lengths to ensure nothing comes out of the meeting that suggests remotely what is happening. No minutes are taken, and no reports are written. Clearly, they have had legal advice on how to avoid disclosure.