Suspect Pleads Guilty in TVA Substation Theft
October 23, 2012
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—The Tennessee Valley Authority is working with state and local authorities to crack down on thefts and damage on its property. Those efforts have resulted in a plea agreement involving an Anderson County man.
Jesse Hurst, 29, of New River, Tenn., pleaded guilty to vandalism, theft, criminal trespassing and destruction or interference with utility lines at TVA’s Braytown Substation in December 2011.
Hurst was sentenced this month in Anderson County Court to four years of community service and ordered to pay TVA more than $22,000 in restitution.
“TVA is partnering as often as possible with local law enforcement to prosecute anyone who damages TVA property or steals items belonging to TVA,” said David Jolley, TVA vice president of Security & Emergency Management.
TVA worked with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department to build its case against Hurst. Jolley said information from neighbors who live near the substation was also vital to this case.
Anyone who sees suspected illegal activity on TVA property can call the TVA Monitoring and Notification Center at 800-548-4005. Callers can remain anonymous.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Scott Brooks, Knoxville, 865-632-8031
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000