Lake levels in E. Tennessee above normal

BRISTOL, Va. (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.

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