Wheeler Lake


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Man kayaking in Tennessee River contracts flesh-eating bacteria

Local 24 News

Date: 7/16/2019 9:31:00 PM

(localmemphis.com) – A warning if you spend time in the Pickwick area. A 41-year-old man is in the hospital after contracting a flesh-eating bacteria. He had been kayaking in the Tennessee River near

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Wife says husband contracted flesh-eating bacteria kayaking on Tennessee River


Date: 7/16/2019 5:57:00 PM

A man is being treated at an Alabama hospital after his wife says he contracted a flesh-eating bacteria kayaking on the Tennessee River

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Alabama man infected with flesh-eating bacteria in Tennessee River, family says


Date: 7/16/2019 12:24:00 PM

Ricky Rutherford is in intensive care at North Alabama Medical Center after having been diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis, according to his wife Cassey. The Lauderdale County couple went kayaking

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Alabama Man Infected with Flesh-eating Bacteria after Kayaking on Tennessee River: 'Do Not Get in That Water!'


Date: 7/16/2019 8:43:00 AM

Surgeons were forced to remove a chunk of an Alabama man's thigh after he became infected with flesh-eating bacteria during a family outing. Ricky Rutherford from Waterloo developed cramping

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Alabama man contracts flesh-eating disease after kayaking on Tennessee River, wife says

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Date: 7/16/2019 5:59:00 AM

According to WAFF-TV, Ricky Rutherford, 41, of Waterloo, remains in intensive care at a Florence hospital after doctors diagnosed him with necrotizing fasciitis last week, according to his wife

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• River: Tennessee River
• Length: 899 Miles
• Surface Area: 67,100 Acres
• Volume: 1,050,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 29,590 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 16 Feet
• Length: 74 Miles
Wheeler Lake is the second-largest lake on the Tennessee River in Northern Alabama, second only to Guntersville Lake, its immediate upstream neighbor. Wheeler Lake is also bordered by Wilson Lake on its downstream side. The lake was constructed by the Tennessee Valley Authority just prior to World War II as a means of hydroelectric generation and flood control, as well as to facilitate navigation along the Tennessee River. Today the lake is mostly popular for recreation purposes and barge traffic. The name of this impoundment comes from Civil War general Joseph 'Fightin' Joe Wheeler, who frequented the area during the war and later returned to the area to live.
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