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Fishermen upset that TVA will close shoreline

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ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority will close a campground and shoreline fishing near the closed John Sevier Fossil Plant in September. The plan has upset many fishermen.

The Kingsport Times-News (http://bit.ly/14V5VZh ) reported a group of sportsmen gathered at the campground parking lot Monday, hoping to talk to TVA officials who were there to explain the closure to local officials.

TVA spokesman Travis Brickey said the closing of the parking lot and shoreline of the Holston River are necessary for safety because heavy equipment will be used to permanently cap the coal ash containment facility for the old steam plant.

Fisherman Paul Allison of Kingsport crossed the parking lot and confronted TVA officials, who agreed to receive a petition Allison began circulating.

Capping the ash facility could take four or more years.