Many moons ago, as in first or second grade, my 2nd grade teacher at Norris Elementary (Mrs. Ellelyn Crossno, who is still in my top 5 favorite people on the planet list), loaded our class into whatever transportation was available and took us to watch the actual lowering of the flood gates at Norris Dam. I’m a little fuzzy on the details of how it all actually transpired, but I will ALWAYS remember watching while they lowered the gates and about 3.5 million gallons of water per minute dropped into the Clinch River.
It should be going for a few more days and if you have never seen it I highly suggest you make the trip! It’s also very awesome at night, I plan to make a night trip this weekend
I’ve managed to witness this several more times, and it is still one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. Here is an image of it from today (I did take a bit of artistic license with it, the power lines bugged me). If you like it, feel free to download a copy of it here to use as a desktop background (it is 1920X1080 pixels). If you are interested in using it for any other purpose, send me an email and we will get something worked out. Enjoy!