TVA Evicts Campers from Ala. Campground

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November 21, 2007 by   - () Leave a Comment

Several people who live in or frequent the Honeycomb Campground in Guntersville in northeast Alabama are upset because they’ve been told by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) that they have to leave in 60 days, according to WAFF TV, Huntsville, Ala.
Campers say they’re upset because TVA didn’t give them a reason. But with the lease up for grabs, it leaves questions about the future of the site.
Honeycomb Campground has been apart of the grant area for 22 years. On Nov. 16, owner Douglas Blackburn met with TVA to get his lease renewed but it was denied.
“I hate it for our campers and children. This is one of the only places you can take your children and leave them and not have to worry about them,” said Blackburn.
Blackburn said his mom owned the first TVA campground 40 years ago. And all he wanted to do was follow in her footsteps.
“I promised her that I would do my best to keep this. All of a sudden they are going to come in here and say (they’re going to) close you down. I don’t think it’s any kind of justification at all,” said Blackburn.
TVA said they’ve spotted several electrical violations around the campground and that’s why the lease was not renewed. Officials also say the campground will remain public. At this time they are not sure if they will lease the campground to anyone else.

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