Watts Bar Lake


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Man kayaking in Tennessee River contracts flesh-eating bacteria

Local 24 News

Date: 7/16/2019 9:31:00 PM

(localmemphis.com) – A warning if you spend time in the Pickwick area. A 41-year-old man is in the hospital after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria. He had been kayaking in the Tennessee River near

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Wife says husband contracted flesh-eating bacteria kayaking on Tennessee River


Date: 7/16/2019 5:57:00 PM

A man is being treated at an Alabama hospital after his wife says he contracted a flesh-eating bacteria kayaking on the Tennessee River

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Alabama man infected with flesh-eating bacteria in Tennessee River, family says


Date: 7/16/2019 12:24:00 PM

Ricky Rutherford is in intensive care at North Alabama Medical Center after having been diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, according to his wife Cassey. The Lauderdale County couple went kayaking

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Alabama Man Infected with Flesh-eating Bacteria after Kayaking on Tennessee River: 'Do Not Get in That Water!'


Date: 7/16/2019 8:43:00 AM

Surgeons were forced to remove a chunk of an Alabama man's thigh after he became infected with flesh-eating bacteria during a family outing. Ricky Rutherford from Waterloo developed cramping

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Alabama man contracts flesh-eating disease after kayaking on Tennessee River, wife says

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Date: 7/16/2019 5:59:00 AM

According to WAFF-TV, Ricky Rutherford, 41, of Waterloo, remains in intensive care at a Florence hospital after doctors diagnosed him with necrotizing fasciitis last week, according to his wife

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• River: Tennessee River
• Length: 783 Miles
• Surface Area: 39,000 Acres
• Volume: 1,132,000 Acre Feet
• Length: 72 Miles
Located about midway between Chattanooga and Knoxville, the lake begins as the Tennessee River below Fort Loudon Dam in Lenoir City, Tennessee and stretches 72.4 miles (116.5 km) to Watts Bar Dam, near Spring City, Tennessee.

The Clinch River connects to the main channel of the lake at mile 568 near Southwest Point in Kingston, Tennessee. The widening of the Clinch by the lake makes that river navigable all the way up to Melton Hill Dam, which is equipped with a navigation lock allowing navigation upstream through Oak Ridge and Clinton.

The partially navigable Emory River connects with the Clinch near the TVA's Kingston Steam Plant just upriver from the meeting with the Tennessee.

Including the Clinch and Emory arms, Watts Bar has 722 miles (1,160 km) of shoreline and 39,000 acres (160 km²) of surface area.

Minor tributaries include Poplar Creek, Caney Creek, and White's Creek. The lake contains several large islands, most notably Thief Neck Island, Long Island, and Sand Island.
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