Man paddling Tennessee River to make it more accessible for recreational users
PADUCAH, Ky. (KBSI)- From Knoxville, Tenn. to Paducah, Ky., Terrence Johnson, also known as TJ, is paddling the Tennessee River.
Johnson started the 652 mile stretch to work with Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area and Tennessee Riverline. He wants to accelerate economic development to improve the river access for more recreational users like Johnson.
“A few people have made the trek through the river, but not under the wing of the Tennessee Riverline,” said Jeff Canter with Paducah/McCracken County Riverline.
While on his mission to get through the storms that hit the western Kentucky area Monday, TJ gave an interview while paddling to his final destination.
“Establishing the river as the amazing recreational resource that it is, and also the environmental resource that it is,” TJ said. “And through those two opportunities when combined you can bring a lot of economic development and capitalize that development through the communities along the river.”
The data being collected will be used to create an app for future river paddler for a guide of where to eat, sleep, and go in case of emergency.