Norris, Tennessee is a small town known for its lake, marinas, state park, museums, and giant Tennessee Valley Authority dam. Norris Lake is over 200 miles long and spans six counties in East Tennessee. The Dam was created in 1933 when the federal government and TVA took on the great task to control massive flooding and to set the groundwork infrastructure to bring electricity to the area. An entire populace sacrificed their homes with the understanding that everything they knew would now be buried under miles and miles of water. Norris Lake Marina is beautiful, with bright aqua and teal water and no visible garbage or grime.
My family rents a slip at the marina and their boat, affectionately named Cirrhosis of the River, matches its party-on-the-water reputation. He detailed it bright red with black and yellow (both family colours and German flag colours), and we like to enjoy quality time together on weekends. The Museum of Appalachia and the Lenoir Museum with its Rice Gristmill and Threshing Barn are all within a mile of the marina, and well worth a visit for anyone interested in frontier village and mountain life.