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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 28, 2019) – Lt. Col. Sonny B. Avichal took command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District today during a change of command ceremony at the Tennessee National Guard Armory. He becomes the 66th commander of the “twin rivers” district, commonly referred to as the jewel of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 26, 2019) – For the past decade, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District has been consistently stepping up its STEM initiatives in our area schools. From tours of our projects (to include locks and dams) to career fairs and student job shadows, we have provided excellent opportunities to publicly showcase what we do as it relates to STEM.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 18, 2019) – Members of the Army Science Board visited Center Hill Dam and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Headquarters today as part of an ongoing assessment of “effectiveness” in delivering civil works studies and projects on time and within budget.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 17, 2019) – An international team from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam visited the Tennessee and Cumberland River Systems last week at the invitation of the United States in support of water development in the Lower Mekong River Basin.
GALLATIN, Tenn. (June 14, 2019) – A signing ceremony today at Triple Creek Park officially kicked off the design and implementation phase for a flood risk reduction project to help alleviate flooding in the city during periods of heavy rain.
RIDGETOP, Tenn. (June 7, 2019) – Three Nashville District retirees received the Distinguished Civilian Employee Recognition Award today during the Engineer Day Picnic at Smiley Hollow, bringing the total of people recognized for distinguished careers to 99 since 1922.
GRAND RIVERS, Ky. (June 4, 2019) – The commander of the U.S. Army Great Lakes and Rivers Division made his final visit to the Nashville District before relinquishing command next month. The general received project updates and took time to recognize employees for excellence in reinforcing a legacy of “Taking Care of People,” an important component of workforce readiness and ultimately mission accomplishment.
GRAND RIVERS, Ky., Tenn. (May 16, 2019) – Lt. Col. Cullen Jones, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander welcomed The Marine Board members from the Transportation Research Board of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering for a tour of the Kentucky Lock Addition Project at Kentucky Lake on the Tennessee River in Grand Rivers, Ky., to get a close overview of the construction.

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Leftwich named employee of the Month for May 2019
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (JULY. 15, 2019) – Matt Leftwich, project facilities manager at Dale Hollow Lake, Operations Division in Celina, Tenn., is the Nashville District Employee of the Month for May 2019....
Avichal becomes 66th commander of Nashville District
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 28, 2019) – Lt. Col. Sonny B. Avichal took command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District today during a change of command ceremony at the Tennessee National...
Commentary: Nashville District hosts teacher externship
6/26/2019
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 26, 2019) – For the past decade, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District has been consistently stepping up its STEM initiatives in our area schools. From tours of...
Army Science Board visits Nashville District to gauge effectiveness
6/18/2019
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 18, 2019) – Members of the Army Science Board visited Center Hill Dam and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Headquarters today as part of an ongoing assessment of...

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NR 19-034: Public meeting on proposed Lake Cumberland marina expansion
6/12/2019
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 12, 2019) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District invites the public to a meeting to discuss the Lake Cumberland Marina expansion proposal, 6:30 to 9 p.m. CDT,...
Parking lot near Old Hickory Dam closing for culvert repair
6/5/2019
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 5, 2019) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces the closure of the Left Bank Recreation Area overlook parking lot below Old Hickory Dam in Old Hickory,...
NR 19-032: Closure of Bell Road scheduled at J. Percy Priest Dam
5/29/2019
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 29, 2019) – Bell Road is closing at J. Percy Priest Dam from 7 a.m. Monday to 4 p.m. Thursday (day and night) the weeks of June 3-6 and July 15-18. The road is also closing 7...

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Craig Carrington (Left), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Planning Branch’s chief of Plan Formulation, points out site specifics Dec. 18, 2018 of where Ellington Dry Dam will be located near Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville, Tenn., while meeting with Stephen G. Durrett (wearing tie), programs director, professional engineer and member of Senior Executive Service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
Stephen G. Durrett (wearing tie), programs director, professional engineer and member of Senior Executive Service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, conducts a site visit Dec. 18, 2018 with Nashville District project managers, geologists and engineers near the footprint of the future Ellington Dry Dam to be constructed near Ellington Agricultural Center in Nashville, Tenn. The director provided the project delivery team with insight regarding the division’s role in execution and related policy review and approvals for the detention basin project. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
Stephen G. Durrett, programs director, professional engineer and member of Senior Executive Service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division, meets with Nashville District project managers, geologists and engineers Dec. 18, 2018 at the district headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., to discuss the status and technical details for the planned Ellington Dry Dam to be constructed near Ellington Agricultural Center. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
Safety Santa, Bobber the Water Safety Dog, and Hap “Hazard” the Elf film a holiday safety public service announcement Dec. 17, 2018 at J. Percy Priest Lake in Nashville, Tenn., to encourage the public to be vigilant and safe at home this Christmas and when visiting and recreating at Corps of Engineers lakes. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
Lt. Col. Cullen Jones, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander, addresses graduates during the 2018 Leadership Development Program Level II Course Graduation Dec. 4, 2018 at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
Lt. Col. Cullen Jones, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander, addresses graduates during the 2018 Leadership Development Program Level II Course Graduation Dec. 4, 2018 at the Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville, Tenn. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is about to enter the last phase of construction of the roller compacted concrete berm at the Center Hill Auxiliary Dam in Lancaster, Tenn. Thalle Construction Company contractors work to grout between the mud mats and bed rock at the construction site in Silver Point, Tenn., Nov. 21, 2018.  (USACE photo by Ashley Webster)
Contractors excavate soil Nov. 21, 2018 for a new shelter at the old Eisenhower Recreation Area, also known as Center Hill Park, next to Center Hill Dam in Lancaster, Tenn.  The reestablished recreation area is part of the site restoration process and plans to house three group shelters, new picnic sites, and a boat ramp accessing the lake.  (USACE photo by Ashley Webster)
Tommy Hollowell, geologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, chips away bedrock while geo-mapping Center Hill Lake’s roller compacted concrete berm Nov. 21, 2018 in Silver Point, Tenn.  (USACE photo by Ashley Webster)
Alan Malcomb, civil engineer and Corps of Engineers contracting officer, explains at the testing platform Nov. 21, 2018 the efforts the Corps of Engineers underwent to ensure the best combination of concrete mixtures and installation methods for the roller compacted concrete berm at the Center Hill Auxiliary Dam in Silver Point, Tenn.  (USACE photo by Ashley Webster)
Thalle Construction Company has a concrete batch plant set up and ready to move forward with placing concrete for the Roller Compacted Concrete placement Berm.  (USACE photo by Ashley Webster)
Thalle Construction Company workers place roller compacted concrete on top of mud matting April 18, 2018 at the testing platform in Silver Point, Tenn. (USACE photo by Melanie Leslie)
Vanessa Bateman, Nashville District Civil Design Branch chief, updates Maj. Gen. Mark Toy, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, on the roller compacted concrete berm under construction near the saddle dam in Silver Point, Tenn., Sept. 27, 2018.  The saddle dam is nearby Center Hill Dam. (USACE photo by Mark Rankin)
Maj. Gen. Mark Toy (Center), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, poses with Nashville District employees and Thalle construction employees at the Center Hill Dam saddle dam in Silver Point, Tennessee Sept. 27, 2018.  (USACE photo by Mark Rankin)
Bill DeBruyn (left) Center Hill Dam Safety Rehabilitation Project resident engineer, briefs Maj. Gen. Mark Toy (center), Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, and Lt. Col. Cullen Jones, Nashville District commander, on the progress and construction of the roller compacted concrete berm at the saddle dam in Silver Point, Tenn., Sept. 26, 2018. The saddle dam is nearby Center Hill Dam. (USACE Photo by Mark Rankin)
Maj. Gen. Mark Toy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, addresses workforce readiness and taking care of people during a town meeting with Nashville District employees Sept. 25, 2018 in Nashville, Tenn. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
Maj. Gen. Mark Toy, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division commander, addresses command philosophies during a town meeting with Nashville District employees Sept. 25, 2018 in Nashville, Tenn. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
Jordan McIntyre, archaeologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, explains how to protect cultural resources at the ArchaeoMyth Busters table for Tennessee Archaeology Day at Bells Bend Park in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 8, 2018. (Courtesy Asset)
Children learn mapping skills with a replica archaeological house floor during Tennessee Archaeology Day at Bells Bend Park in Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 8, 2018. (Courtesy Asset)
Campers use an increment corer to uncover the life history of a tree July 26, 2018 at Cordell Hull Lake in Carthage, Tenn. (USACE Photo by Ashley Webster)
The Cordell Hull Lake Junior Ranger class of 2018 pose with their award certificates July 30, 2018 at Cordell Hull Lake in Carthage, Tenn. (USACE Photo by Ashley Webster)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its contractor partner Johnson Brothers put a 1.3 million pound concrete shell into position Aug. 6, 2018 on the riverbed on downstream end of Kentucky Lock where it will be part of a coffer dam and eventually a permanent part of the new lock wall for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. It is the first of 10 shells that will be placed over the next year. The lock is located at Kentucky Dam, which is a Tennessee Valley Authority project at Tennessee River mile 22.4. (USACE Photo by Mark Rankin)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its contractor partner Johnson Brothers put a 1.3 million pound concrete shell into position Aug. 6, 2018 on the riverbed on downstream end of Kentucky Lock where it will be part of a coffer dam and eventually a permanent part of the new lock wall for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. It is the first of 10 shells that will be placed over the next year. The lock is located at Kentucky Dam, which is a Tennessee Valley Authority project at Tennessee River mile 22.4. (USACE Photo by Mark Rankin)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its contractor partner Johnson Brothers put a 1.3 million pound concrete shell into position Aug. 6, 2018 on the riverbed on downstream end of Kentucky Lock where it will be part of a coffer dam and eventually a permanent part of the new lock wall for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. It is the first of 10 shells that will be placed over the next year. The lock is located at Kentucky Dam, which is a Tennessee Valley Authority project at Tennessee River mile 22.4. (USACE Photo by Mark Rankin)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its contractor partner Johnson Brothers put a 1.3 million pound concrete shell into position Aug. 6, 2018 on the riverbed on downstream end of Kentucky Lock where it will be part of a coffer dam and eventually a permanent part of the new lock wall for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. It is the first of 10 shells that will be placed over the next year. The lock is located at Kentucky Dam, which is a Tennessee Valley Authority project at Tennessee River mile 22.4. (USACE Photo by Mark Rankin)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its contractor partner Johnson Brothers put a 1.3 million pound concrete shell into position Aug. 6, 2018 on the riverbed on downstream end of Kentucky Lock where it will be part of a coffer dam and eventually a permanent part of the new lock wall for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. It is the first of 10 shells that will be placed over the next year. The lock is located at Kentucky Dam, which is a Tennessee Valley Authority project at Tennessee River mile 22.4. (USACE Photo by Mark Rankin)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its contractor partner Johnson Brothers put a 1.3 million pound concrete shell into position Aug. 6, 2018 on the riverbed on downstream end of Kentucky Lock where it will be part of a coffer dam and eventually a permanent part of the new lock wall for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. It is the first of 10 shells that will be placed over the next year. The lock is located at Kentucky Dam, which is a Tennessee Valley Authority project at Tennessee River mile 22.4. (USACE Photo by Mark Rankin)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its contractor partner Johnson Brothers put a 1.3 million pound concrete shell into position Aug. 6, 2018 on the riverbed on downstream end of Kentucky Lock where it will be part of a coffer dam and eventually a permanent part of the new lock wall for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. It is the first of 10 shells that will be placed over the next year. The lock is located at Kentucky Dam, which is a Tennessee Valley Authority project at Tennessee River mile 22.4. (USACE Photo by Mark Rankin)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its contractor partner Johnson Brothers put a 1.3 million pound concrete shell into position Aug. 6, 2018 on the riverbed on downstream end of Kentucky Lock where it will be part of a coffer dam and eventually a permanent part of the new lock wall for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. It is the first of 10 shells that will be placed over the next year. The lock is located at Kentucky Dam, which is a Tennessee Valley Authority project at Tennessee River mile 22.4. (USACE Photo by Mark Rankin)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its contractor partner Johnson Brothers put a 1.3 million pound concrete shell into position Aug. 6, 2018 on the riverbed on downstream end of Kentucky Lock where it will be part of a coffer dam and eventually a permanent part of the new lock wall for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. It is the first of 10 shells that will be placed over the next year. The lock is located at Kentucky Dam, which is a Tennessee Valley Authority project at Tennessee River mile 22.4. (USACE Photo by Mark Rankin)
Jeremiah Manning, Kentucky Lock Addition Project resident engineer, gets a closer look at the movement of a 1.3 million pound concrete shell Aug. 6, 2018 downstream of Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and contractor, Johnson Brothers, were preparing to place it on the riverbed where it will be part of a coffer dam and eventually a permanent part of the new lock wall for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. It is the first of 10 shells that will be placed over the next year. The lock is located at Kentucky Dam, which is a Tennessee Valley Authority project at Tennessee River mile 22.4. (USACE Photo by Mark Rankin)
Barney Schulte, technical engineer for Kentucky Lock Addition Project, checks specifications for the gantry crane lift system in preparation for the movement of a 1.3 million pound concrete shell Aug. 4, 2018 into the downstream riverbed to form a cofferdam.  The shell will also be part of the permanent lock wall. (USACE Photo/Mark Rankin)
A 1.3 million pound concrete shell is moved to a gantry crane Aug. 2, 2018 downstream of Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and contractor, Johnson Brothers, were preparing to place it on the riverbed where it will be part of a coffer dam and eventually a permanent part of the new lock wall for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. It is the first of 10 shells that will be placed over the next year. The lock is located at Kentucky Dam, which is a Tennessee Valley Authority project at Tennessee River mile 22.4. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
Preston Brust (second from right) and Chris Lucas (Right) of the country music duo LoCash pose with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers Jacob Albers (Left) and Brent Sewell at Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, Tenn, Oct. 19, 2015.  The group filmed a water safety PSA that features LoCash’s hit song "I Love This Life," which is currently moving up the country music charts. It is being used to support the USACE National Water Safety Campaign “Life Jackets Worn, Nobody Mourns.”
Country Music Star Dolly Parton performs at the Cordell Hull Dam Dedication Oct. 13, 1973 on the shore of the Cumberland River at the dam in Carthage, Tenn. According to an Associated Press report following the event about 2,000 people attended. Tricia Nixon Cox, daughter of President Richard M. Nixon, was the keynote speaker at the dedication.