Norris Lake


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Three Tennessee Sites Added to the National Register of Historic Places


Date: 6/1/2016 2:20:00 PM

Norris Hydroelectric Project had a dramatic impact on the landscape since people were displaced when Norris Lake was flooded, recreation areas were created, and the community of Norris was built. In addition to the straight gravity concrete dam

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Henley boys take second straight state championship

Herald and News

Date: 5/22/2016 1:01:00 AM

Both Henley relay team’s took first. The team of Bryce Norris, Lake Peterson, Conner Noonan and Andres won the 4x100 relay in 43.10. Henley’s 4x400 team of Peterson, Castle, Adam David and Chris Ramirez won the event in a dramatic finish in the last

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TVA planning Norris Dam celebration, says lakes will be full by June 1

Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 5/18/2016 2:35:00 PM

One significant project was the completion of the 7.3-mile Mill Creek Loop at the Loyston Point Recreation Area on Norris Lake, he said. "That is seeing huge amounts of use," he said. Providing recreation opportunities is an important part of the TVA

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TVA gives houseboats a 30-year sunset

Smoky Mountain News

Date: 5/11/2016 1:31:00 PM

Norris Lake houseboat owner Randy Johnson said calling the TVA was the first thing he did when he wanted to invest more than $200,000 in purchasing a houseboat. He said TVA land use specialist Woody Farrell told him the TVA staff would not be recommending

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TVA installs bat roosts to help population


Date: 5/8/2016 10:00:00 PM

RELATED: Tracking and saving white-nose sick bats in Smokies TVA installed bat roosts at Norris Lake on April 28th. The utility is installing a total of 25 of them at five different locations. The bat was listed as endangered on April 2

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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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