Southern Appalachian Studies Series
The Little Tennessee River Valley: Treasure Over time
Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m., Library Sharon Lawson Room
Mark Davidson, who has varied connections with the Little Tennessee Valley, will provide an overview of the Little Tennessee River Valley from the 1700’s until the present.
Many of the events that have played out in this beautiful and, at various times, coveted valley have played a significant role in shaping our state, our region, our nation, and our world. One example: The energy produced at Fontana Dam supplied the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The world has not been the same since.
The program could just as easily have been named The Little Tennessee Valley: Of Dams and Darters. A good portion of the presentation will look at one year, 1979. This was the year the conflict over completing Tellico Dam came to a climax. The protests of environmentalists, farmers, and Cherokees were finally muted and the gates dropped on Tellico Dam in November of this decade-ending year.
Little Tennessee River, Public Domain (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region, Albert Herring) / Wikimedia Commons.
Snail Darter, Public Domain (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) / Wikimedia Commons.
Tellico Dam, Public Domain (Tennessee Valley Authority) / Wikimedia Commons
Free and open to the public, you are invited to attend this event at the Blount County Public Library, located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville. For further information about library programs or services, call the library at (865)982-0981 or visit the Web site at www.blounttn.org/197.