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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE


AT CHATTANOOGA

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


upon the relation and for the use of the
TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY,
Plaintiff,

v. No. _______________________

A TEMPORARY RIGHT TO ENTER


UPON LAND IN MEIGS COUNTY,
TENNESSEE, and
GREG A. VITAL,
Defendants.

COMPLAINT

1. This is an action of a civil nature brought by the United States of America upon the

relation and for the use of the Tennessee Valley Authority for the taking of a temporary right

under the power of eminent domain and for the ascertainment and award of just compensation

to the owners and parties in interest.

2. The authority for the taking is the Tennessee Valley Authority Act of 1933,

as amended, 16 U.S.C. §§ 831-831ee (2012).

3. The public use for which the temporary property right is taken is the conducting of

surveys, core drilling, appraisals, title investigations, and related activities for the acquisition of

an easement and right-of-way for the erection, operation, and maintenance of electric power

transmission circuits and communication circuits.

4. The right to be acquired is a temporary right to enter upon land designated in the

records of the Tennessee Valley Authority as tract number ECG-1002-TE for the purpose of

conducting surveys, core drilling, appraisals, title investigations, and related activities to

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determine what portion of said land or interest therein is necessary for the erection, operation,

and maintenance of electric power transmission circuits, the Plaintiff to remain liable for damage

to annual crops and other actual property damage resulting directly from the operations of

Plaintiff’s forces in the conduct of such activities upon said land.

5. The land affected by the temporary right herein condemned is located in Meigs

County, Tennessee, identified as parcel 087 on tax map 001.02, in the office of the Tax Assessor

of said county and state, and described in a deed recorded in Deed Book T5, page 343, in the

office of the Register of Meigs County, Tennessee, which description is incorporated herein by

reference and made a part hereof.

6. Greg A. Vital owns the property in fee simple by virtue of said deed.

7. A Declaration of Taking is being filed contemporaneously herewith.

WHEREFORE, the Plaintiff demands that:

(1) An Order be issued putting the Tennessee Valley Authority as agent of the

United States of America into immediate possession of the property condemned.

(2) Just compensation for the temporary property right taken be ascertained in

accordance with Rule 71.1(h) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

(3) A Judgment be entered confirming the vesting of title to the interests sought to be

condemned in the United States of America by virtue of the Declaration of Taking filed herewith.

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(4) The Plaintiff have such other relief as may be lawful and proper.

Respectfully submitted,

s/James S. Chase
James S. Chase (TN BAR 020578)
TVA GENERAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE
400 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902-1401
Telephone 865.632.4239
Facsimile 865.632.2422
Email jschase@tva.gov

Attorney for Plaintiff


80029650

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United States ex rel. TVA v. A Temporary Right to Enter upon Land in Meigs County,
Tennessee, and Greg A. Vital

Attorney for Plaintiff

James S. Chase (TN BPR 020578)


TVA GENERAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE
400 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902-1401
Telephone 865.632.4239
Facsimile 865.632.2422
Email jschase@tva.gov

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
AT CHATTANOOGA

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


upon the relation and for the use of the
TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY,
Plaintiff,

v. No. _______________________

A TEMPORARY RIGHT TO ENTER


UPON LAND IN MEIGS COUNTY,
TENNESSEE, and
GREG A. VITAL,
Defendants.

DECLARATION OF TAKING

The Tennessee Valley Authority, the authority empowered by law to acquire in the name

of the United States of America the temporary right described in the Complaint of similar title

filed in this Court, hereby files this Declaration of Taking pursuant to 40 U.S.C. §§ 3114-3118

(2012) and declares that said property is hereby taken for the use of the United States of America

acting by and through its agent, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and further declares that:

1. The property taken in this action is the temporary right to enter upon land identified

below and designated in the records of the Tennessee Valley Authority as tract number ECG-

1002-TE for the purpose of conducting surveys, core drilling, title investigations, and related

activities for the acquisition of an easement and right-of-way for the erection, operation, and

maintenance of electric power transmission circuits and communication circuits, the Plaintiff to

remain liable for damage to annual crops and other actual property damage resulting directly

from the operations of Plaintiff’s forces in the conduct of said activities upon said property. The

land affected by the temporary right herein condemned is located in Meigs County, Tennessee,

identified as parcel 087 on tax map 001.02, in the office of the Tax Assessor of said county and

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state, and described in a deed recorded in Deed Book T5, page 343, in the office of the Register

of Meigs County, Tennessee, which description is incorporated herein by reference and made a

part hereof.

2. One Dollar ($1) is the amount estimated by the Tennessee Valley Authority to be just

and liberal compensation for the temporary right taken. This amount will be tendered into Court

for the use of the persons entitled thereto.

3. Attached hereto is an aerial photograph that shows the land affected by the taking of

the temporary right. A more detailed and specific map is not available since the Defendant has

not permitted the Tennessee Valley Authority, its officers, agents, and employees to enter upon

the land for the purpose of making a survey.

4. The authority under which the temporary right is taken is the Tennessee Valley

Authority Act of 1933, as amended, 16 U.S.C. §§ 831-831ee (2012).

5. The Tennessee Valley Authority is of the opinion that the ultimate award probably

will be within any limits prescribed by Congress on the price to be paid.

TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY

Respectfully submitted,

s/James S. Chase
James S. Chase (TN BAR 020578)
TVA GENERAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE
400 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902-1401
Telephone 865.632.4239
Facsimile 865.632.2422
Email jschase@tva.gov

Attorney for Plaintiff


80030895

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
AT CHATTANOOGA

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


upon the relation and for the use of the
TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY,
Plaintiff,

v. No. _______________________

A TEMPORARY RIGHT TO ENTER


UPON LAND IN MEIGS COUNTY,
TENNESSEE, and
GREG A. VITAL,
Defendants.

NOTICE OF CONDEMNATION

TO: Greg A. Vital, Harrison, Tennessee

Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 71.1(d)(2), you are hereby notified that the

Plaintiff has commenced the above-entitled action in the United States District Court for the

Eastern District of Tennessee to condemn a temporary right to enter upon land in which you have

or claim an interest for the use of the Tennessee Valley Tennessee Valley Authority in

conducting surveys, core drilling, appraisals, title investigations, and related activities in

connection with the erection, operation, and maintenance of electric power transmission circuits

and communication circuits. The land affected by the temporary right herein condemned is

designated in the records of the Tennessee Valley Authority as tract number ECG-1002-TE,

located in Meigs County, Tennessee, identified as parcel 087 on tax map 001.02, in the office of

the Tax Assessor of said county and state, and described in a deed recorded in Deed Book T5,

page 343, in the office of the Register of Meigs County, Tennessee, which description is

incorporated herein by reference and made a part hereof.

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The authority for the taking is the Tennessee Valley Authority Act of 1933, as amended,

16 U.S.C. §§ 831-831ee (2012).

You are further notified that if you desire to present any objection or defense to the taking

of the temporary right herein condemned, you are required to file your answer with the Clerk of

the Court and to serve it on the Plaintiff’s attorneys within 21 days after service of this notice

upon you. Your answer shall identify the property in which you claim to have an interest, state

the nature and extent of the interest you claim, and state all of your objections and defenses to

the taking. Your failure to file and serve an answer constitutes a consent to the taking and to the

jurisdiction of the Court to proceed to hear the action and to fix the compensation.

If you have no objection or defense to the taking of the temporary right to enter, you need

not file an answer but may instead file with the Clerk of Court and serve on the Plaintiff’s

attorneys a notice of appearance designating the property in which you claim to be interested.

Thereafter you will receive notice of all proceedings in this action affecting the property. In the

event of a trial of the issue of just compensation, whether or not you have previously appeared or

answered, you may present evidence as to the amount of the compensation to be paid for your

property, and you may share in the distribution of the award.

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Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 71.1(d)(2)(B) requires that an address be provided within

the district in which this action is brought where the Plaintiff’s attorneys may be served. Such an

address is James S. Chase, Attorney, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive,

Knoxville, Tennessee 37902-1401.

Respectfully submitted,

s/James S. Chase
James S. Chase (TN BAR 020578)
TVA GENERAL COUNSEL’S OFFICE
400 West Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902-1401
Telephone 865.632.4239
Facsimile 865.632.2422
Email jschase@tva.gov

Attorney for Plaintiff


79810870

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