Cates Landing (Lake County, Tennessee)

Proposed Transmission Project

TVA is considering improvements to its transmission system that would provide power for growing load and increase power reliability in the Tiptonville area of Lake County in Tennessee.    

The Lake County Industrial Park is located on Cate’s Landing Road North in Tiptonville, Tennessee.  A new customer of the park has requested an initial demand for 105 megawatts of electricity at the site by October 2023.  To meet the requested load requirements, TVA proposes to provide a new 161-kilovolt power line to the industrial park.

TVA’s new double-circuit line would be about 3.7 miles long.  The new line would begin at a point on TVA’s Tiptonville-New Madrid No. 1 161-kilovolt Transmission Line and extend north to the industrial park.

There are two alternative tap points and nine alternative line segments under consideration for the route of the new transmission line.

The new line would consist primarily of single- and double-pole, double-circuit steel structures centered on new 100-foot-wide right of way.

Property owners near and along the alternative transmission line segments have been invited to a virtual open house by mail – including about 37 property owners representing about 62 parcels. 

The virtual open house is available from May 5 through June 6, 2022, at

Property owners and members of the public are invited to submit comments and questions about this proposed transmission project through June 6, 2022.

The project is expected to be in service in spring 2024.  Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2023.  (Dates are subject to change. Unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)

Public Involvement

Cates Landing (Lake County, Tennessee) Virtual Open House

May 5 - June 6, 2022

TVA's process for siting new transmission projects is designed to allow public input at various stages. TVA is committed to working with area stakeholders to address concerns during various stages of the project. Comments received during the comment period will be used in reaching a decision on the proposed action.

TVA is interested in receiving comments concerning how this project may affect the environment, historic properties or any other issues associated with this proposal. Any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record.

If you cannot access the virtual open house but have questions or comments, contact Les Warnock.  All written comments on this proposed action should be sent to TVA no later than June 6, 2022. (See contact information below).  

Submit Comments About the Project


The map shows the area of the proposed transmission improvements. The map is also available below as a PDF file.

If you have questions or need help understanding the map, please contact TVA (see below).

Cates Landing Transmisson Map

Project Schedule

(Dates are subject to change. Unexpected issues may arise, resulting in the need to adjust the schedule.)

Virtual Open House begins May 5, 2022
Comments accepted through June 6, 2022
Determine preferred route for field surveys Fall 2022
Surveys of the right of way are scheduled to begin Fall 2022
Easement purchases are scheduled to begin Spring 2023
Construction is scheduled to begin Fall 2023
Project in service Spring 2024

Environmental Reviews

The appropriate National Environmental Policy Act review will be conducted to ensure that the environmental impacts are minimized. TVA attempts to minimize any land requirements, private property impacts, and environmental impacts associated with this project.

Efforts are made during the siting process to avoid or minimize impacts to floodplains and wetlands in accordance with Executive Orders 11988 and 11990. Floodplains and wetlands are shown on the referenced map. The map illustrates how the route avoids or impacts floodplains and wetlands. Because of project and topographic constraints and because of minimizing impacts to other social, environmental, and engineering resources, no practicable alternative may be available that would allow complete avoidance of impacts to floodplains and wetlands which may require mitigation for minimizing impacts. Also, best management practices would be utilized throughout the project to minimize adverse floodplain and wetland impacts. In compliance with Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, TVA will be coordinating wetland findings with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


More information on this project can be obtained from:

Les Warnock
P.E., Siting Engineer
(800) 362-4355
1101 Market Street, MR 4G
Chattanooga, TN 37402-2801