March 5, 2009: United Mountain Defense Member Arrested at the TVA Disaster Site

Thursday, March 5 United Mountain Defense member Matt Landon was
arrested by TVA police while giving a ride home to an elderly disabled
Swan Pond resident, Eva Hewitt.

The two were
returning from the Tennessee Environmental and Conservation public
meeting held earlier that day where Eva was one of several community
members who spoke at a citizen’s press conference about health concerns relating to the TVA disaster.

is blind in one eye and does not drive so Matt was returning her to her
home on South Swan Pond Road. There continues to be a TVA check point
on this road even after the citizens of Roane County
were promised that the road blocks would be removed more than a month
prior to this event. As Matt and Eva slowed down at the TVA check point
Matt saw the TVA officer sitting in his patrol car “it looked like he
was waving us through just as they have done many times in the past”
said Matt Landon. Eva said “when we slowed down at the road block there was no officer at the guard booth, so Matt drove on to take me home”.

in Eva’s drive way, two TVA police pulled in and at that time searched
and arrested Matt. Video documentation shows the TVA cops telling Matt
he was being arrested for running the stop sign at the TVA check point.
Matt was taken to the Roane County jail and is being charged with trespass by motor vehicle, violation of restricted access, and obedience to traffic control advice.

Eva said “It’s a shame they arrested him when he was just trying to help me out and give me a ride home.”

“I feel that arresting me today is just a continuation of the ongoing harassment I have experienced from the TVA police. TVA has tried to prevent United Mountain Defense from conducting independent water testing,
deploying independent air monitoring, delivering bottled water to
locals and working with the community of Roane County and they have
consistently harassed me while doing this work. The citizens of Roane
County deserve more from TVA and I do not plan on abandoning them in
this time of need. ” said Landon.

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