Indication of a West Tennessee Drought?

May 11, 2012

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is reporting that reservoir levels in East Tennessee are already at mid-summer highs.

Officials on Thursday told the Bristol Herald Courier ( ) that South Holston, Watauga and Boone lakes are at levels that are ready for recreational use this summer. That usually doesn't happen until June.

West Tennessee is a different story.

A TVA spokeswoman says lake levels in West Tennessee are below normal for this time of year. Travis Brickey says there's a stark contrast between the two sides of the state.

After Labor Day, TVA slowly drains the lakes for the winter.