I am writing in response to the Environmental Assessment for the proposed Pointe Marina. Thank you for allowing me to express my concerns with some of the conclusions reached in the EA.
The most striking concern is the boat density that will occur on Norris Lake in the study area. In TVA's own study TVA determines, using TVA's numbers that the lake will exceed density on holiday weekends when the marina is completed. My contention is that the lake has already exceeded the acres per boat density. Left out of TVA's study are the private boat slips in the study area, which number over 900. If these are included, then the lake is already beyond safe and enjoyable boating limits, and adding another500 would extremely exceed that limit. If safety and boating enjoyability are truly a concern of TVA, then these private slips need to be included in the density study. Allowing another 500 slips would also increase the need for water patrol. It is my understanding that TWRA only has three officers assigned to the lake and they have other duties as well. It would be asking a great deal, for an already under staffed patrol force to meet the increased need for patrol.
I also believe that a more long term study of boating safety on Norris Lake would reveal that this lake is not as safe as the EA makes it out to be. We have lived on the lake for the last seven years and know personally of at least three fatalities on this lake, one of which occurred less than one mile from the proposed marina.
Please allow me to say in closing that Galilee Bible Camp has served this community for 53 years. I also believe that the community as a whole is not in favor of this new marina. When TVA received over 60 responses and only one expresses the need for it, then I believe TVA should consider why no one else has spoken in favor.
Galilee Bible Camp
Too often in our day to day activities important members of our community are forgotten and not showed the appreciation that they deserve. I’m writing this to show my appreciation for the Student Resource Officers at Campbell County High School, Gary Jeffers and Jaymie Prater. Without them the day to day processes at CCHS would not be possible, it is through them that our school is safer and more secure.
Super Twang 2011, this was a great idea and had the potential for being a great happening. I don’t know what went wrong but there are enough rumors to cover it all.
When it was being promoted the articles on the Internet and in this local paper all quoted “geared to attract the under 30 set,” which excluded a lot of people. The fact is in spite of the promotion or lack of promotion in the local, the majority of the people we saw there Friday and Saturday were 30 and over.
The idea was sound, the entertainment was great and the beautiful Mountain Creek Farm was a perfect location. Hopefully all that went wrong this time can be resolved and we in Campbell County can look forward to Super Twang 2012.
The ORNL Relay 4 Life Team would like to thank all of our contributors that donated food items and various other things for us to use at the Relay 4 Life event on May 6. Please know that your donation was put to good use and was much appreciated.
We would like to recognize the following:
Campo’s Foods for donating hamburger patties, Food City for donating hamburger buns, Save A Lot for donating condiments, Scotty Hatfield with Frito Lay for donating chips, Donald Disspayne with Pepsi for donating drinks, and most importantly Jerry and Tonia Byrd of Byrd’s Funtime Rental for providing the Bounce Houses.
I would also like to thank the community for coming out and supporting this very important cause.
I am very appreciative of all of the hard work the ORNL Team was willing to do. Together we can create more birthdays!
Thank you and God bless you.
Cynthia Russell-ORNL Federal Credit Union Branch Manager