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Norris in Anderson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The TVA System of Multi-Purpose Dams

Built for the People of the United States of America

 

Norris Dam

 
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By Tom Bosse, March 4, 2017
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Inscription. The Tennessee River has its headwaters in the mountains of Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. The main stream forms at Knoxville, where the Houston and the French Broad Rivers join.

The valley, 41,000 square miles in area, receives an average of 52 inches of rain a year. In terms of water discharged into the Ohio and Mississippi, the Tennessee River is about equal in size to the Missouri.

The Tennessee Valley Authority has harnessed the river with a multi-purpose system of dams and reservoirs which regulates floods, improves navigation, and generates electric power.

High dams on the tributaries create large storage reservoirs which hold back flood waters, releasing them when necessary to maintain navigation depths downstream, and at the same time generating electric power. The system also helps protect the lower Ohio and Mississippi Valleys.

The nine main river dams, with their locks, form a navigable channel 650 miles long, from Knoxville to the Ohio River, an important arm of the nation's inland waterway system connecting 20 states.

Having developed virtually all the river power resources, TVA has built huge coal-burning steam electric plants to help serve the region's growing power needs. TVA power is sold at wholesale to cities and rural electric cooperatives which, in turn, distribute it

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at retail to homes, farms, business and industry. A few industries and U.S. Government Defense installations that use large amounts of power are served directly by TVA. The largest of these, using more power than a great city, are the atomic plants at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Paducah, Kentucky.

Norris Dam

You are now at Norris Dam, a multi-purpose dam on the Clinch River. Water stored here helps control floods. Released water generates electricity and helps maintain navigation depths on the Tennessee. Before reaching the Ohio River the same water produces electricity at nine additional dams.
 
Erected by The Tennessee Valley Authority.
 
Location. 36° 13.4′ N, 84° 5.65′ W. Marker is in Norris, Tennessee, in Anderson County. Marker can be reached from Norris Freeway (Tennessee Route 441), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Norris Dam Overlook. Marker is in this post office area: Norris TN 37828, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Norris Dam (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Tennessee Valley Authority (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ghosts of Convict Miners (approx. 4.1 miles away);
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Fort Anderson (approx. 4.1 miles away); Why Miners Fought (approx. 4.1 miles away); Coal Creek War (approx. 4.1 miles away); Convict Lease System (approx. 4.1 miles away); Militia Hill (approx. 4.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norris.
 
Also see . . .  Norris. (Submitted on March 8, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 102 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 8, 2017, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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