(Times Free Press) -- Directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority didn't violate the federal Sunshine law when they hired Bill Johnson as chief executive last November without a public meeting, the utility's internal watchdog said Monday.

The TVA inspector general said the TVA board was within its rights to hire Johnson using a notational approval from each of the members of the then six-member board. In a 10-page report released Monday, TVA Assistant Inspector General John Brennan said the board didn't deliberate among members over the hiring selection and therefore didn't violate the requirements of the Sunshine Act to conduct board deliberations in public.

"Notational procedure [with each board member casting votes without board deliberation] is not prohibited by the Sunshine Act, and the board followed that process," Brennan concluded.

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