Stay up-to-date with our TenneSwim blog, where we will report on the swim on a daily basis. We will also address more general topics related to the Tennessee River and water quality.

"Discover the Tennessee River!"

08/19/17 - 1:00 pm

No Mosasaurs Today

by Martin Knoll

There are several small tributaries to the Tennessee River named Coon Creek. One located near Savannah in western Tennessee, however, has eroded down into bedrock to reveal a treasure box of fossils from an ancient sea. The exposed rock is […]

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08/18/17 - 2:37 pm

Our Precious River

by Randy Hedgepath

The Tennessee River is the foundation of the economy in many communities along its banks. In addition to the cities of Knoxville and Chattanooga, many smaller towns owe their existence to the river. Savannah is a community which started at […]

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08/17/17 - 2:45 pm

The Great Western Valley

by Randy Hedgepath

The Muscle Shoals were the last rocky obstacles Andreas had to cross during his Tennessee River swim. The dangerous rapids and shallow water were created by the efforts of the river to cut through a tough, resistant layer of rock […]

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08/16/17 - 2:27 pm

An Abundance of Fish

by Paul Kingsbury

Andreas Fath is swimming in a river that contains an incredible variety of aquatic life. There are more fish, freshwater mussels, snails, insects, plants and other forms of life in the Tennessee River system than there are anywhere else in […]

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08/15/17 - 2:22 pm

Swimming into Music History

by Paul Kingsbury

After a tough day contending with high winds and big waves yesterday, Andreas has passed Wheeler Dam and today has been swimming toward Wilson Dam… and the famed music center known as Muscle Shoals. Muscle Shoals is thought to have […]

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08/14/17 - 1:19 pm

On Wheeler Lake

by Paul Kingsbury

Today Andreas Fath is pushing hard across the glassy stillness of Wheeler Lake, west of Decatur, Alabama, in his quest to swim the Tennessee River. Swimming across such man-made lakes is always a challenge for Andreas because there is little […]

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08/13/17 - 2:24 pm

Who Else Has Swum the Entire Tennessee River?

by Paul Kingsbury

Andreas Fath is attempting an incredible athletic feat in swimming the entire 652-mile Tennessee River. Months ago, in the run-up to the start of the “TenneSwim,” many of us supporting Andreas’s swim for science began to ask: Has anyone else […]

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08/12/17 - 10:27 am

Passing the Painted Bluff

by Paul Kingsbury

On Friday afternoon, Andreas and the team passed the majestic Painted Bluff along the northern bank of the Tennessee River just southeast of Huntsville. More than 80 ancient Native American paintings and rock carvings decorate its walls. It’s been called […]

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08/11/17 - 12:17 pm

Swimming Through Guntersville Dam

by Hannah Verity

Today, Andreas Fath plans to go through the locks at Guntersville Dam by early afternoon. This will be the first of four dams he will be swimming through in Alabama. Guntersville Dam was built in 1935. The nearby town, Guntersville, […]

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08/10/17 - 11:59 am

Wildlife on the Water

by Hannah Verity

Andreas Fath continues to conquer the Tennessee River. Today, he approaches Guntersville Lake in Alabama.  Martin Knoll, TenneSwim’s U.S. Project Director, summarizes the team’s journey so far, “The scenery all along the way has been just gorgeous. It’s like a […]

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