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Anderson County - Tennessee



1750 Dr Thomas Walker sent by Loyal Land Company of Virginia to explore area
1761 Elisha Walden and his exploring parties traveled the Clinch and Powell River Valley
1796 It is believed that the first dwelling built near Clinton in Anderson County was by Thomas Frost
1801 County established from lands that had been parts of Knox and Grainger Counties on November 6
1802 There were roughly 600 families living in Anderson County
1803 The first public election in the county for state and federal offices occurred
1806 A portion of the county was removed to become a part of Campbell County
Union Academy was established for male students
1817 Union Academy's charter amended to admit female students
The following businesses were noted in Anderson County in 1820 12 Hat shops
8 Tanyards
16 Blacksmiths
5 Saddlers
5 Wheelwrights
10 Coopers and Barrel Makers
3 Cabinet Makers
38 Sugar Manufacturers
44 Distilleries
1830's A new jail was built
1840's The Butler Iron Works was operating on Poplar Creek
The McKinney Forge was operating near Donavan
1849 A portion of the county was removed to become a part of Scott County
1850 A portion of the county was removed to become a part of Union County
1856 The Knoxville and Kentucky Railroad Company laid tracks in the county
1890's State militia stops coal miner's war
1892 There were 58 public schools in the county, 21 log and 37 frame buildings
1950's State militia quells racial violence 



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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.

The Tennessee River has its headwaters in the mountains of Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia.  The main stream forms at Knoxville, where the Holston 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 navigation channel 850 miles long, from Knoxville to the Ohio River.  An important arm of the nations inland waterway system connecting 20 states.

Having developed virtually all the river's 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 at retail to homes, farms, business, and industry.  A few industries and U S Government diverse installations that use large amounts of power and 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.



-Located one mile east of I-75 at Norris exit 122
-Open daily
-Admission charged
-65 acre museum
-Contains a collection of more than 30 authentic log cabins and buildings
-250,000 artifacts housed in a huge display barn
-Appalachian Hall of Fame, a tribute to the people of Appalachia
-Appalachian gardens surrounded by split rail fences, numerous farm animals

-Craft and Gift Shop features items made by over 200 local artists

Houses relics belonging to notable, historic, famous, interesting and unusual folk from area
Also contains an Indian artifact collection and early handmade and unusual musical instruments