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Clear Cutting Angers Brentwood Residents

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by Chris Conte

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - The Tennessee Valley Authority has started clear cutting trees and shrubbery that surround some high intensity power lines in Brentwood and residents aren't happy with the changes.

"Lots of people have complained and called, they (The TVA) don't seem to care," said Len Adcock who lives in Brentwood.

The acre of land that surrounds the 38-year-old's home in Brentwood is surrounded by a 15-foot tall hedge which provides him with peace and privacy from the church parking lot that backs up to his property.

On Tuesday afternoon, the TVA began cutting the entire hedge down because they said it poses a safety hazard to high intensity power lines.

"I thought originally maybe they'd cut a tree down, I didn't think they would cut the whole hedge out," he said as he watched crews feed pieces of trees and limbs into a wood chipper.

The TVA though said it is all part of necessary line maintenance that needs to be done to keeps the power running and their customers safe.

"The tree doesn't have to touch a line for it to be a problem, it can grow in proximity to a line and be a problem," said John Dooley with the TVA.

Under state law, the TVA has the authority to cut and trim any kind of plants or trees that grow in the easement area around their power lines.

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