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RHEA COUNTY, TN. (Times Free Press) -- When Larry Steidle became the owner and operator of Blue Springs Marina 30 years ago, the docks had 60 homemade boat slips.

Slowly, he has built the marina up until it has slips for 370 boats, and it's 80 percent full.

"I own the land," Steidle said. "But TVA takes possession of the water and the land under the water up to a certain water level, so they own to about halfway up my parking lot.

"Now with this recent land and shoreline policy change, they want a percentage of your gross income or your base fee," Steidle said. "I doubt if my bills can withstand that."

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