HISTORIC TIMELINE of ANDERSON COUNTY
|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|
|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|
|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.
MUSEUM OF APPALACHIA
-Located one mile east of I-75 at Norris exit 122
-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