In an unusual departure from the generally accepted convention that the larger stream name is retained downstream of the confluence with a notably smaller one, the stream from this point retains the name "Emory River" even though the Obed at the point of confluence is considerably larger than the Emory. Still paralleled by the railroad, the stream crosses into Roane County near Harriman. Backwaters of the Watts Bar Lake impoundment of the Tennessee River cause the water below Harriman to be somewhat slack. The Little Emory River is also impounded somewhat above its mouth into the Emory below Harriman.
The mouth of the Emory is into the Clinch River at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Power Plant, a coal-fired electric generation station initially developed during World War II, largely to power the uranium enrichment plants used to make the world's first atomic bomb at nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
EIP: Kingston Coal Plant Released 2.6 Million Pounds of Arsenic, Nine Other Toxic Pollutants Into Emory River in 2008 - More Than the Entire Water Pollution Output of All Other U.S. Power Plants.
Dec 25, 2009; New data highlighted in public for the first time today paint an even grimmer picture of the late December 2008 coal ash spill in...