Friday, March 6, 2009

TVA Gestapo Arrests Activist for Giving Grandma Ride Home

Posted By on Fri, Mar 6, 2009 at 1:25 PM

Tennessee Valley Authority Police arrested 29-year-old Matt Landon Jones with environmental group United Mountain Defense on suspicion of trespassing after he drove through a check point on Swan Pond Road near the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant.

In the video of the arrest above, it's clear that he was giving two elderly women rides home from a public meeting Wednesday. Portions of Swan Pond Road are currently blocked off, and some sort of ID tag must be presented to pass.

On a local website called Roane Views, a poster who claims to be a neighbor says TVA Police weren't outside manning the checkpoint, and in the video Jones can clearly be heard saying he didn't see an officer. The officer tells him he needs to have a resident with him, and it's obvious that Jones did. TVA seems intent on treating a public road like its own private property. Swan Pond Road is ground zero for a fly ash spill that dumped toxic sludge on roughly 300 acres in Kingston and Harriman.

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