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The Tennessee Valley Authority says a new solar power cooperative in West Tennessee is illegal, while supporters of the project accuse TVA of trying to maintain a monopoly.
Organizers of the Jackson Sustainability Cooperative are asking the Tennessee Public Utilities Commission to either grant a certificate to allow the new energy distribution system or grant an exemption from regulations that bar independent power distribution within TVA’s service territory, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.
An exemption would help the cooperative secure financing and memberships from manufacturers. The company is promising to deliver clean and cheap power to supplement TVA-generated electricity with a $67 million solar farm and battery storage hub.
The new co-op plans to go after up to 38 major industrial and commercial customers near the proposed solar farm in Jackson. That would limit revenues paid to TVA and its local distributor, the Jackson Energy Authority.
TVA President Jeff Lyash said the network that provides power to 153 local power companies has been key to keeping rates affordable and power reliable. Allowing startup energy suppliers to deliver power to selected customers could weaken the TVA model, which is designed to serve all customers at all times across the region, Lyash said.
TVA, Jackson Energy Authority and the Tennessee Municipal Electric Membership Association have all filed objections to the proposal.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a body was found in the Tennessee River late Friday afternoon.
It was located near the Suck Creek boat ramp.
The sheriff’s office says the body will be taken to the medical examiner’s office to identify the person, and determine how they died.
Ladarius Howard, 27, was shot and killed on Wilcox Boulevard late Saturday afternoon.
At approximately 5:13 p.m., Chattanooga Police responded to the 2200 block of Wilcox Boulevard on a report of a person shot.
Upon arrival, officers were informed by dispatch that a person had arrived at the hospital by private vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. They then secured the scene.
Officers responded to the hospital, located and confirmed that a man was there suffering from a life- threatening gunshot wound. He later succumbed to his injuries.
Investigators with the Violent Crimes Unit responded to conduct an investigation. Investigators learned that the victim was sitting in a vehicle near the above location when an unknown suspect approached the vehicle and began firing, striking the victim.
Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call the Homicide Tip Line at 423-643-5100 or submit a tip via the CPD Mobile App. You can remain anonymous.
In news today…
The historic law firm of Logan-Thompson, P.C. has announced it is expanding its office space in Cleveland due to the ever-increasing demand for its legal services to include the entire second floor of a bank building just a short walk up North Ocoee Street from its primary offices, located at 30 Second St. N.W.
The Andrew Johnson Bank, located at 555 North Ocoee Street N.W., will be the new professional home for two of the firm’s notable attorneys, Robert Thompson and Matthew Coleman, who will soon occupy, along with their support staff, the second floor of the Andrew Johnson Bank’s main branch.
James F. Logan Jr. the firm’s senior managing partner, made the announcement regarding the expanded offices along with other managing partners Robert Thompson, Matthew Coleman, Kenneth Miller, Phil Jacobs, and Rob Norred.
According to Logan, the Logan-Thompson, P.C. law firm has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years, and with the addition of new lawyers and additional support staff, the firm has outgrown its current courthouse square office space.