Photo: Reelfoot Lake postcard

Photo: Reelfoot Lake postcard

Posted: Friday, June 20, 2008 9:22 pm

INTERESTING POSTCARD — Reelfoot Lake’s spillway area is shown in this unused postcard believed to have been purchased in the 1920s before the now failing spillway was built. It was found by Diann Dunn and her husband, J.R., of Troy while they were cleaning out the Columbia home of his father, the late James Dunn. Mrs. Dunn said the postcard sparked her interest in the lake and she would like to know more about it before the spillway was built. She may be reached by phone at 885-0023. The back of the postcard reads, “Reelfoot Lake, Tennessee, a state park of 20,000 acres of water and uncounted miles of shore line, was once the hunting ground of the Chickasaw Indians. The lake was formed by a series of earthquakes in 1811 and 1812. Known as the ‘Fisherman’s Paradise,’ it is equally attractive for hunting, boating and swimming. It is patronized by sportsmen and vacationists from every state in the Union.” Meanwhile, The Messenger has learned the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is close to getting the official nod to proceed with construction of a new bridge and spillway complex at Reelfoot Lake. Tim Flinn, a civil engineer in the Regulatory Division of the Memphis Office, U.S. Corps of Engineers, said Thursday that documentation has been finalized and is being reviewed before it goes to District Engineer Col. Tom Smith for signature. A key part of the documentation process is a water quality certification permit from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC). “The (final) decision probably won’t be very long (in coming),” Flinn said. “We cannot by law issue a permit without that (TDEC) certification in place. If the certification has not been issued, then we will not make a decision until after it happens.” Published in The Messenger 6.20.08

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