Court of Appeals Upholds TVA Case in Henry Co.

Jackson, TN – The Tennessee Court of Appeals last week upheld a lower court decision that ruled in favor of the Henry County government. The civil suit, brought by two Paris residents, alleged that the county was required to share a portion of yearly Tennessee Valley Authority funding with the Paris Special School District. County Attorney Lee Greer says the suit was based on a statute that requires county governments to share any revenue obtained from state funding. The court of appeals sided with Circuit Court Judge Donald Parish's 2007 ruling, which said county commissioners aren't obligated to share the TVA funding because it comes from a federal organization, not the state. Paris attorney Richard Dunlap represented the plantiffs in the case. He plans to appeal the case, which could send it to the state Supreme Court.