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CINCINNATI, Ohio (June 11, 2021) -- Col. Kimberly A. Peeples took command of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division today during a ceremony presided over by Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, 55th chief of engineers and commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 1, 2021) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces that Center Hill Lake has streamlined its process to book primitive campsites during the 2021 recreation season.
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (May 28, 2021) – Officials dedicated a .2-mile paved exercise trail May 25, 2021 at Rockland Recreation Area on the shoreline of Old Hickory Lake.
ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (May 24, 2021) – With the recent shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District opened up Cheatham Lock despite restrictions during scheduled maintenance so barges destined to fuel Middle Tennessee could navigate up the Cumberland River to Nashville terminals.
KUTTAWA, Ky. (May 20, 2021) – The Barkley Powerplant is transforming its switchyard with the delivery of two 90-ton transformers Wednesday via a barge on the Cumberland River.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 13, 2021) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces the lifting of the Old Hickory Lake water supply moratorium effective today.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Warmer weather is almost here and that means millions of Americans will be planning visits to our nation’s lakes and rivers. As the steward of many of these public waters, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds visitors of the importance of practicing safe, sensible, and thoughtful activities in and around the water.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 5, 2021) – The Water Quality Team, a component of the Water Management Section within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, routinely collects water quality information at the 10 reservoir projects in the Cumberland River Basin.
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Officials dedicate paved exercise trail at Rockland Recreation Area
5/28/2021
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (May 28, 2021) – Officials dedicated a .2-mile paved exercise trail May 25, 2021 at Rockland Recreation Area on the shoreline of Old Hickory Lake...
Cheatham Lock helps fuel Middle Tennessee in wake of pipeline shutdown
5/24/2021
ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (May 24, 2021) – With the recent shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District opened up Cheatham Lock despite restrictions during...
Barkley Powerplant transforms its switchyard
5/20/2021
KUTTAWA, Ky. (May 20, 2021) – The Barkley Powerplant is transforming its switchyard with the delivery of two 90-ton transformers Wednesday via a barge on the Cumberland River...
Ash named Nashville District Employee of the Month for March 2021
5/14/2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 14, 2021) – Zona Ash, office administrator at the Old Hickory Resource Manager’s Office in Hendersonville, Tennessee, is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District...

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Peeples takes command of Great Lakes and Ohio River Division
6/11/2021 UPDATED
CINCINNATI, Ohio (June 11, 2021) -- Col. Kimberly A. Peeples took command of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Division today during a ceremony presided over by Lt. Gen. Scott A. Spellmon, 55th chief of...
NR 21-26: Laurel River Lake reopens Spillway Beach for swimming
6/11/2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 11, 2021) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces that Spillway Beach at Laurel River Lake, Kentucky, is reopening today for swimming...
NR 21-25: Laurel River Lake beach closed due to high E.coli levels
6/4/2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 4, 2021) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces the immediate closure of Spillway Beach at Laurel River Lake in London, Kentucky, due to E.coli detected...

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(USACE photo by Mark Rankin)
(USACE photo by Mark Rankin)
(USACE photo by Mark Rankin)
USACE barge transports debris screen at Wilson Lock
Diver helps remove debris screen at Wilson Lock
Photo by Ashley Webster
USACE Crane barge removes a debris screen at Wilson Lock
Photo by Mark Rankin
Photo by Mark Rankin
INDIAN MOUND, Tn. (Jul 21, 2020). Train like you fight, Soldiers load for JRTC. (Photo by USACE/Daniel Barrios)
Military Vehicles transit Barkley Canal enroute to JRTC
Military Vehicles transit Kentucky Dam
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Shimmick construction crews work to construct monoliths July 21, 2020 for a new navigation lock as part of the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project at the Tennessee Valley Authority project. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
Shimmick construction workers prepare the riverbed inside a coffer dam July 21, 2020 in preparation to place more concrete for a monolith. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is constructing a new navigation lock as part of the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project at the Tennessee Valley Authority project on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
A Shimmick construction worker prepares steel forms July 21, 2020 in preparation to place more concrete for a monolith. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District is constructing a new navigation lock as part of the Chickamauga Lock Replacement Project at the Tennessee Valley Authority project on the Tennessee River in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
US Army Capt. Luke C. Dressman assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, sets up an easel next to the Cumberland River in preparation for a military leadership training course at Lock C in Indian Mound Tenn.  (USACE Photo by Daniel Barrios)
US Army Capt. Luke C. Dressman assigned to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, sets up an easel next to the Cumberland River in preparation for a military leadership training course at Lock C in Indian Mound Tenn.  (USACE Photo by Daniel Barrios)
U.S. Army Senior Non-Commissioned Officers and Commissioned Officers from USACE Nashville District and the 326th Engineer Battalion from Fort Campbell Ky. Participate in leadership training at Lock C on the Cumberland River in Indian Mound Tenn. (USACE Photo by Daniel Barrios)
Officials held a ceremony July 1, 2020 to celebrate the completion of the last phase of repairs for the $353 million Center Hill Dam Safety Rehabilitation Project.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District recently finished constructing a roller compacted concrete berm to reinforce the auxiliary dam at Center Hill Lake, a secondary earthen embankment that fills a low area in the landscape just east of the main dam. Construction of the $50 million RCC Berm completes the final major construction contract to remediate the Center Hill project. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
Lt. Col. Sonny Avichal, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander, addresses guests at the Center Hill Lake Auxiliary Dam July 1, 2020 during a ceremony celebrating the completion of the last phase of repairs for the $353 million Center Hill Dam Safety Rehabilitation Project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District recently finished constructing a roller compacted concrete berm to reinforce the auxiliary dam at Center Hill Lake, a secondary earthen embankment that fills a low area in the landscape just east of the main dam. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
(Left to Right) Bill DeBruyn, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District construction liaison; Tennessee District 40 Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver; Lt. Col. Sonny Avichal, Nashville District commander; Steve Kohler, president and chief executive officer of Thalle Construction Corporation; David W. Salyers, P.E., Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; and Linda Adcock, Corps of Engineers retiree and former project manager; cut a ribbon signifying the completion of the roller compacted concrete berm and the overarching Center Hill Dam Safety Rehabilitation Project. (USACE Photo by Lee Roberts)
Aerial photo of the Center Hill Auxiliary Dam and roller compacted concrete berm in Silver Point, Tennessee, May 11, 2020. The RCC berm reinforces the auxiliary dam, a secondary earthen embankment that fills a low area in the landscape just east of the main dam. (Courtesy Asset)
Jeff Syracuse, Metro Council member for District 15; Jessica Reeves, who oversees the historic markers program with the Metro Historical Commission; Lt. Col. Sonny Avichal, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District commander; Bill Holman, grandson of former lockmaster Red Holman, unveil a historical marker during a ceremony at Lock 2 Park, highlighting the historical relevance of Lock and Dam 2. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and contractor Johnson Brothers place the final concrete shell on the riverbed of the Tennessee River Feb. 2, 2020 below Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. It is the 10th concrete shell that is part of the permanent downstream lock wall and will double as part of a coffer dam for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
Don Getty (Right), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District project manager for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project, and Barney Schulte, the project’s lead engineer, monitor the progress of the placement of the final concrete shell on the riverbed of the Tennessee River Feb. 2, 2020 below Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. The Corps and contractor, Johnson Brothers, placed the 10th concrete shell that is part of the permanent downstream lock wall and will double as part of a coffer dam for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and contractor Johnson Brothers place the final concrete shell on the riverbed of the Tennessee River Feb. 2, 2020 below Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. It is the 10th concrete shell that is part of the permanent downstream lock wall and will double as part of a coffer dam for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and contractor Johnson Brothers place the final concrete shell on the riverbed of the Tennessee River Feb. 2, 2020 below Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. It is the 10th concrete shell that is part of the permanent downstream lock wall and will double as part of a coffer dam for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and contractor Johnson Brothers place the final concrete shell on the riverbed of the Tennessee River Feb. 2, 2020 below Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. It is the 10th concrete shell that is part of the permanent downstream lock wall and will double as part of a coffer dam for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and contractor Johnson Brothers place the final concrete shell on the riverbed of the Tennessee River Feb. 2, 2020 below Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. It is the 10th concrete shell that is part of the permanent downstream lock wall and will double as part of a coffer dam for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its contractor partner Johnson Brothers put a 1.7 million pound concrete shell into position Feb. 2, 2020 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 last of 10 shells. 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)
A diver enters the water to assist with the placement of the 10th and final concrete shell on the riverbed of the Tennessee River Feb. 2, 2020 below Kentucky Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. It is the 10th concrete shell that is part of the permanent downstream lock wall and will double as part of a coffer dam for the Kentucky Lock Addition Project. (USACE photo by Mark Rankin)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District and its contractor partner Johnson Brothers put a 1.7 million pound concrete shell into position Feb. 2, 2020 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 last of 10 shells. 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 1.7 million pound concrete shell into position Feb. 2, 2020 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 last of 10 shells. 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)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Left) and Congressman James Comer, Kentucky 1st District, congratulate each other after McConnell initiated a button to commission a bio-acoustic fish fence Nov. 8, 2019 below Barkley Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. The BAFF sends a curtain of bubbles, sound and light from the riverbed to the water surface, which deters noise-sensitive Asian carp from entering the lock chamber. Fisheries managers on the west coast of the United States use a similar system to guide the movement of trout and salmon from water channels. This marks the first time a BAFF has been tested at a lock and dam on a large river. Construction of the BAFF began in July 2019. The project involves multiple partners, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, U.S. Geological Survey, and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Fish Guidance Systems, a United Kingdom-based company specializing in fish deflection and guidance systems, provided the BAFF technology at Barkley Lock.  (USACE photo by Lee Roberts)
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks during a commissioning ceremony for a bio-acoustic fish fence Nov. 8, 2019 below Barkley Lock in Grand Rivers, Ky. The BAFF sends a curtain of bubbles, sound and light from the riverbed to the water surface, which deters noise-sensitive Asian carp from entering the lock chamber. Fisheries managers on the west coast of the United States use a similar system to guide the movement of trout and salmon from water channels. This marks the first time a BAFF has been tested at a lock and dam on a large river. Construction of the BAFF began in July 2019. The project involves multiple partners, including U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District, U.S. Geological Survey, and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Fish Guidance Systems, a United Kingdom-based company specializing in fish deflection and guidance systems, provided the BAFF technology at Barkley Lock.  (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.