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TVA doesn't want to reveal top pay

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority is balking at releasing the salaries of top administrators, although the utility has divulged that information in the past.

The Knoxville News Sentinel sought the amount of the salaries through an open records request.

TVA's denial of the request has drawn rebuke from congressmen and open government advocates.

U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr., of Knoxville, and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, of Chattanooga - both Republicans - said the public has the right to know what the public utility is paying employees.

The newspaper requested the names, job titles and salary compensation packages of TVA employees making more than $180,000 per year and living in Knox and Anderson counties.

TVA freedom of information officer Denise Smith said in a May 3 letter that the information is protected from disclosure under exemptions to the federal open records law.

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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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