NASHVILLE, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Gov. Bill Haslam's newly reorganized Tennessee Regulatory Authority is off but not running since the governor and legislative leaders failed to appoint an executive and a quorum of directors by July 1.

Meanwhile, a six-month clock is already ticking on Tennessee American Water's June 1 request to hike Chattanooga's water rates by nearly 25 percent.

The TRA must decide on the request no later than November or the $10.5 million increase automatically will take effect.

Gas utilities Atmos Energy Corp. and Navitas, which operate in other parts of the state, filed rate-increase requests with the TRA on June 22 and July 2, respectively.

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