" I hope any negativity won't last long". Good luck with that. I "hoped" you wouldn't publish the salaries. We saw how that turned out.
I will be canceling my subscription to your paper. There is not a legit reason to publish TVA salaries and you will have undone much of the good TVA has tried to do to increase morale at TVA. You will have also decreased productivity for the foreseeable future. When the paper loses a significant amount of your subscriptions, don't waste your time publishing a retraction.