Norris Lake


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Divers searching Norris Lake near Snellville for vehicle

Gwinnett Daily Post

Date: 2/15/2017 2:02:00 PM

Dive teams are reportedly searching Norris Lake near Snellville for a vehicle. Gwinnett County police are at the scene, Cpl. Deon Washington confirmed Wednesday afternoon, but he said the investigation is being led by DeKalb County. “They’re checking

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Water Resources Outlook (January 2017)

Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 1/27/2017

We examine the water resouces outlook for the southeast U.S. as of January 2017

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Barbara Ginn Hochstedler

Daily Times

Date: 1/24/2017 9:12:00 PM

She served on the Altar Guild for 18 years and in the library for 4 years. Two of her favorite pastimes were sharing memories of many years on Norris Lake and crocheting for those she loved. At the age of 14, Barbara began a long and devoted career as a

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Outdoor Knoxville Event Calendar, Jan. 13-22

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 1/11/2017 11:03:00 AM

The first Loyston Loop section of our hike meanders through hardwood trees with a great view of Norris Lake. We turn left onto the Hemlock Bluff trail, wading through ankle-deep leaves and canopied by hundreds of golden-leafed beech trees. After a hard

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Floating home owners await TVA fee talks


Date: 1/2/2017 4:51:00 PM

NORRIS LAKE - Now that a new law says existing floating homes can remain on TVA lakes, owners are gearing up for discussions with TVA about annual fees and regulations. In mid-December, President Obama signed legislation that overturned a May 2016 decision

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• River: Clinch River
• Length: 809 Miles
• Surface Area: 34,200 Acres
• Volume: 2,040,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,912 Square Miles
• Length: 129 Miles
Norris Lake was created by the construction of Norris Dam in the mid-1930s. Norris Dam was the first major project for the Tennessee Valley Authority, which had been created in 1933 to bring economic development to the region and control the rampant flooding that had long plagued the Tennessee Valley. The dam was named in honor of Nebraska Senator George Norris (1861-1944), a longtime supporter of government-owned power in general, and supporter of TVA in particular. Norris Dam was completed and the gates closed on March 4, 1936, constructed at a cost of $36 million. The dam's first generator went online July 28, 1936.

The Clinch River flows southwestward for 300 miles from its headwaters in Virginia through the rugged, sparsely-populated hills of northeastern Tennessee before emptying into the Tennessee River near Kingston. Norris Dam is located at just over 79 miles upstream from the mouth of the Clinch, immediately downstream from the river's confluence with Cove Creek, which joins the river from the northwest. The reservoir includes parts of Anderson, Campbell, Union, Claiborne, and Grainger counties. Norris Reservoir spans a 73-mile stretch of the Clinch from the dam to River Ridge at the Claiborne-Grainger county line. The reservoir also covers the lower 56 miles of the Powell River, which empties into the Clinch 10 miles upstream from Norris Dam.

Norris Freeway, a section of U.S. Highway 441 widened in the 1930s to aide in dam construction, crosses the top of Norris Dam and connects the area to Interstate 75 at Lake City, Tennessee to the west and Knoxville to the south. Along with the reservation maintained by TVA for the operation of Norris Dam, most of the lower Norris Reservoir is surrounded by conservation lands, including Norris Dam State Park adjacent to the reservation, the Cove Creek Wildlife Management Area across the lake to the north, and the Chuck Swan State Forest, which protects a large undeveloped area a few miles upstream.
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