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Vacation in style on Norris Lake in Tennessee

The Morning Journal

Date: 7/11/2014 8:35:00 AM

Editor’s note: This is the third in a three-part series about eastern Tennessee. I’m relaxing on a seven-bedroom, 80-foot luxury houseboat with 20 new friends drinking red wine looking out over tranquil turquoise water and rolling green hills at sunset

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Nightlife: The Rocks Tavern brings much-needed option to Halls


Date: 6/25/2014 2:40:00 PM

If you go north of Halls, you don’t hit another nightlife spot until you reach Norris Lake nearly 23 miles away. If you go directly east, you don’t get to another watering hole until well after you leave Knox County. Most of these areas get their

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What's Happening in Oak Ridge (June 12-18, 2014)


Date: 6/12/2014 3:37:00 PM

Location: Sequoyah Marina – 336 Lakeview Lane, Andersonville Enjoy fireworks, food and fun on Norris Lake at Sequoyah Marina! For more information, call 865-494-7984 or visit . July 4th Celebration and Anvil Shoot – Museum of

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Around the Bend: Trout Fishing in Norris

Metro Pulse

Date: 6/11/2014 8:33:00 AM

We arrive around 9 in the morning, six hours before Norris was scheduled to start generating, a prudent course of action for paddlers, considering the strong, swirling current created by the sudden influx of water from Norris Lake. “What if they start

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Knoxville News Sentinel

Date: 6/9/2014 2:16:00 AM

n Existing state Highway 33 bridge over Norris Lake in Union County has weight restrictions that are strictly enforced. Weight restrictions are: five-axle vehicles are 35 tons; three- or four-axle vehicle is 22 tons; two-axle vehicles are 20 tons

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• River: Clinch River
• Surface Area: 34,200 Acres
• Shoreline: 809 Miles
• Length: 129 Miles
• Volume: 2,040,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,912 Square 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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