MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) -- Cherokee Lake is beginning to return to normal after an accident created a sewage spill that caused levels of E. coli bacteria to spike.
Morristown City Administrator Tony Cox told the Citizen Tribune that health advisory signs posted along the lake have been removed. The newspaper said bacteria readings in the lake water for a time reached critical levels.
A Labor Day automobile accident into an electrical pole guy wire disrupted power to the city wastewater treatment plant, spilling 94,000 gallons of raw sewage into Cherokee lake. It's the third time since 2008 that a mishap has cut the power and caused a sewage spill into the Lake.
The city council is considering transferring sewer operations to the Morristown Utility System, which supplies electricity, water, cable and Internet services.