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River levels should peak today

Times Daily

Date: 4/26/2017 11:37:00 PM

The Tennessee River at Florence rose above flood stage Wednesday afternoon, and is expected to crest at about a half a foot or more above flood stage by this afternoon, officials said. The National Weather Service office in Huntsville stated in its latest

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TVA urges boaters to stay off of the Tennessee River


Date: 4/26/2017 3:32:00 PM

The Tennessee Valley Authority is urging boaters to stay off the Tennessee River because spillways at the dams are flowing at high rates. Wilson Dam in Florence has more than 750,000 gallons of water per second flowing through the spillways causing the

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I-65 wreck leaves 1 northbound lane open; injuries reported

Decatur Daily

Date: 4/26/2017 2:49:00 PM

The wreck occurred just north of the Tennessee River on I-65, and troopers received a call at 3:14 p.m., troopers said. Injuries were reported, but the extent of injuries is unavailable at this time, troopers said. Morgan County 911 Director Ryan Welty

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Flooding potential won't stop festival

Times Daily

Date: 4/25/2017 11:11:00 PM

FLORENCE -- The Tennessee River is expected to crest about 1 foot above flood level at Florence this week, but should not interfere with Saturday's Smoke on the Water Festival. That news had event coordinator Jeff McDaniel breathing a sigh of relief

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The Local: ChrisP draws out jazz, ragtime noise from classic hip-hop influences on new song


Date: 4/25/2017 7:05:00 AM

The hip-hop atmosphere in Chattanooga seems imbued with a particular melodic spontaneity that allows musicians to work from inside their personal influences while also absorbing the unpredictable movements and rhythms that blow in off the Tennessee River

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• River: Tennessee River
• Length: 308 Miles
• Surface Area: 43,100 Acres
• Volume: 924,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 32,800 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 21 Feet
• Length: 53 Miles
Pickwick Lake has often been called the best trophy smallmouth fishery in the country. This is due in large part to the numerous beneficial conditions of the river system and its location. The lake is situated at the southern boundary of habitable climate for smallmouth. This southern location allows for a longer growing year, which produces larger fish. Pickwick is also at the northern boundary for threadfin shad, the primary prey for smallies, and contains an abundance of them. Add the strong current of the Tennessee River to these two factors and it is easy to see why Pickwick bass are arguably the largest and strongest bronzebacks around.


Size and Depth - 47,500 acres and 53 miles long with a maximum depth of 59 feet.

Water Source - An impoundment of the Tennessee River, Pickwick Lake is defined by the Wilson Dam in the south Pickwick Landing Dam in the north. With a short exception near its inflows at Florence, the current primarily flows north.

Shoreline - 496 miles long. The shore is approximately 40 percent developed and is comprised of both privately-held land and Tennessee Valley Authority ownership. The remaining shoreline is undeveloped.

Bottom - Sand, gravel, bedrock, mud and muck. The main river channel is mostly bedrock and mud. In tailwater areas and coves, sand, gravel and muck bottoms are found.

Water - Moderately fertile water with a light green to brownish color. In the main river channel the water is lighter colored than the brownish color found in the backwater areas of coves and bays. Visible clarity is between 2 and 4 feet depending on location, rainfall and current.

Cover - There is little submerged vegetation and what is present is sporadically dispersed throughout the lake. The most common emergent plant is water willow, which can be found along the lakes shoreline and in bays and coves.
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