Suit seeks TVA damages for costume ban at meeting

By The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority has been sued for enforcing a ban on costumes at a board meeting in Knoxville weeks after people dressed like zombies protested restarting construction of a nuclear plant they described as a “corpse.”

The federal lawsuit seeks an injunction to forbid the nation’s largest public utility from banning costumes at future public meetings and suggests $50,000 in punitive damages for each of six plaintiffs.

TVA spokeswoman Barbara Martocci told The Knoxville News Sentinel that TVA does not comment on active lawsuits.

Before TVA turned away people in costumes at their August meeting, a TVA spokesman said the rule was intended to avoid any “disruption.”

The board agreed in its meeting that month to construct the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in Alabama.